Amarillo Youth Choirs

We Focus on Exceptional

Amarillo Youth Choirs’ mission is to provide Texas Panhandle youth exceptional concert opportunities and music education in an inclusive and encouraging environment. It all began in 1989 following an Amarillo College summer camp for boy vocalists. Dr. Dale Roller asked his friend, Mr. Billy Talley, to direct the first season of the Amarillo Boy Choir that Fall and the rest is history! The interest in the community started strong and has stayed that way through the seasons as we’ve grown, added choirs and changed directors. The mission to provide exceptional musical opportunities and education to the children of the Panhandle has never wavered and as we head into our 30th year, AYC is still committed to that promise.


The experience of AYC can’t be matched…

"My daughter has learned a tremendous amount while participating in Amarillo Youth Choir. She has grown in her confidence and music. I can't imagine anywhere else she could learn and have so much fun at the same time!”

— Susie Hewes, Amarillo Girl Choir parent

Under the direction of Artistic Director, Melanie Brooks, the “Concert Choirs” have been nationally and internationally recognized, and continue to earn performance trophies and recognition every year. The Amarillo Youth Choirs program includes the Amarillo Boy Concert Choir, the Amarillo Boy Preparatory Choir, the Amarillo Girl Concert Choir and the Amarillo Girl Preparatory Choir. Membership is audition only and both boys and girls may audition as early as second grade.  

Throughout the year, the choirs have three seasonal concerts and participate in many other performance opportunities ranging from collaboration with West Texas A&M to singing with the Vienna Boys Choir! All of the choirs tour to local and outlying schools to share a taste of choral music with the area students and encourage them to join in on the fun! The Concert Choirs also tour beyond Amarillo and take turns taking big trips to exciting domestic locations like New York City or Boston and international locations like Ireland or Spain.


Our Team


Mrs. Mel Brooks - Artistic Director


Mrs. Katherine Stribling - Executive Director


Dr. BJ Brooks - Associate artistic director


Dr. Noel-Paul Laur - Accompanist
Mr. Brandon Borup - Executive Assistant

Board of directors:

Kate Freeman - President
Mary Katherine Duvall - Vice President
Greg Heffner - Treasurer
Heather Bailey - Secretary
Brenna Smiley - Parliamentarian
Melinda Landry - Uniforms
Emily Foote - Marketing & Communications
Ivy Haynes - AGC Historian
Melisa Chow - ABC Historian
Katy Terry - Fundraising
Meg Davis - Hospitality
Sam Valdez - Member at Large