Brooklyn Youth Chorus
“The sheer beauty of their singing is captivating.”—The New York Times
Founded in 1992, Brooklyn Youth Chorus is regarded as one of the top youth choruses in the United States, noted both for its artistic rigor and its high-quality musical training.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus offers world-class voice training for young people ages 7-18 with an emphasis on healthy vocal development, music literacy, and group performance. The Chorus also features multiple performing ensembles, known for delivering professional-level performances in a wide variety of settings, from concert halls to professional recording studios.
Running from September to June each year, the Chorus offers vocal instruction and private lessons for students across seven divisions, separated by age and experience level. Students are trained using the Cross-Choral Training method, a proven holistic and experiential approach to teaching voice and musicianship in a group setting, designed by Founder and Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker. It is a functional voice training based on voice science and health and a comprehensive approach to building sight-reading and music literacy skills.
No experience is required, but a love of singing and enthusiasm for music is essential. Financial aid is available.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus will be offering in-person classes for all levels during the 2021/22 season. Virtual classes will also be offered for all ages. Classes are held 1-2 times weekly from 1-2 hours, depending on the age group and level.
Singing safely is the Chorus's priority. For in-person classes, the following measures will be implemented to create a safe singing environment for students:
- Reduced class sizes
- Spacious rehearsal venues
- Masks required
- Vaccinated teachers
- HEPA air purifiers
- High-touch surface cleaning.
For ages 12+, vaccines are required for in-person classes. For ages under 12, enhanced safety measures include further reducing class sizes and 6’ distancing between singers.