Young Voices of Austin provides a high-quality afterschool program to a racially and socioeconomically diverse population of young people ages 6 to 18. We work to instill a drive not only for musical excellence, but also academic and personal excellence, in all of our students. The three pronged mission of YVA is driven by a commitment to academic achievement regardless of socioeconomic factors. This includes assistance with identifying and applying to colleges, tutoring, guidance on auditions and essay-writing, and SAT/ACT preparation.
Musical instruction includes rigorous sight-singing and ear-training, general music literacy, vocal technique, and stage presence and movement. Choristers learn to analyze scores from many styles and traditions, and to sing texts in many different languages from around the world. YVA’s curriculum is consistent with national standards, at tiered levels designed to reinforce lessons and increase challenge and achievement as choristers progress. The choral literacy and performance curriculum of YVA is led by highly skilled and trained conductors.
Young Voices of Austin is committed not only to creating stronger musicians but stronger people, empowering the voices of Austin’s youngest citizens so that they may become its future leaders.