Our Programs

 
 

Amarillo GirL Choir

The Amarillo Girl Choir was added to Amarillo Youth Choirs in 2001 and consistently maintains more than 100 members! The Girls are split into two choirs: Amarillo Preparatory Choir and Amarillo Concert Choir. When girls audition (starting as early as 2nd grade), they are typically placed into the Amarillo Girl Preparatory Choir where they can start to learn how to read music, how to understand solfege, what their voice type is, and how the individual becomes something more when joined with a choir of others. The progression from Preparatory Choir to Concert Choir depends on the musicality and maturity of the member and is up to the discretion of the directors (meaning, it isn’t on a set schedule).

Once promoted to Concert Choir, the music literature becomes a little more challenging, the expectations for attention are higher, and the opportunities for exciting performance opportunities become more plentiful. All of the choirs tour locally to share their music, but the Concert Choirs travel on week-long tours domestically and internationally. Girls typically stay in Concert Choir until they’re in High School - some stay even longer as interns and volunteering alumni!

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rehearsal times

Mondays
Preparatory Choir - 4:10-5:00
Concert Choir 5:15-6:30
Amici Show Choir 6:30-7:00

Location

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church
4600 S. Western, Entrance # 5

 

Amarillo Boy Choir

The Amarillo Boy Choir had its first season in 1989 - this season will be its 30th year! The Boy Choir is unique in the field of youth choirs, because it continues to maintain the division of sexes to keep the genders in their separate choirs. Many ask why this is - and the answer is that the voice qualities of the respective genders are quite different when listening to boys verses girls. We feel that that uniqueness is special and want to maintain opportunities for it to stand alone.

The Boy Choirs, like the Girl Choirs, have two levels of membership: Preparatory and Concert. Membership in the Preparatory Choir is open to anyone in the 2nd grade or higher. Concert Choir membership is based on the musicality and maturity of the individual member, as quite a bit more is expected of the Concert Choir member.

The amount of time a boy stays in the Amarillo Boy Choir is determined by his individual circumstances and biology. As a boy’s body evolves and grows so do the vocal chords and as such the pitch that they are able to create lowers and matures. This process continues in the growing male body for many years! The Amarillo Boy Choir sings in the treble register and at some point this becomes uncomfortable for the older boys, typically in late middle school, and it’s at this time that they generally transition to alumni and pursue SATB choirs in their school settings.

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rehearsal times

Tuesdays
Preparatory Choir - 4:10-5:00
Concert Choir 5:15-6:30
Amici Show Choir 6:30-7:00

Location

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church
4600 S. Western, Entrance # 5

 

“Raise Your Voices” Vocal Camp - summer session

The one-week choir camp, held during late July/early August and taught by the AYC artistic staff, divides the students into three different classes: beginning theory, intermediate theory, and advanced theory teaching students how to read music at a more advanced level. The students also learn sight-reading techniques and new choral music and then give a concert at the conclusion of camp. This camp is an opportunity to get a jump-start on the season, meet new friends, and have fun while learning!

session dates

July 29 - August 2
9:00 - 12:00

Location

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church
4600 S. Western, Entrance # 5

 

“Raise Your Voices” Vocal Camp - Winter session

The first weekend in February, this one-day vocal camp provides voice, acting, sight-reading, rhythm, theory, and choral singing lessons to approximately 150 children throughout the community.  Local artists and teachers are brought in to work with the students in group and individual settings. 

session dates

February 1, 2020
9:00 - 3:00

Location

St. Paul United Methodist Church
4317 I-40 West, South Entrance

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