Join American Youth Chorus

Audition for the 2018-19 School Year

American Youth Chorus has rolling auditions throughout the year, as well as scheduled auditions in the summer and January. Children ages 8 to 14 from DC, Maryland, and Virginia are encouraged to audition for the chorus, which consists of about 70 students from across the Washington DC metro region. No preparation or experience is necessary, a simple session with the Artistic Director will take about 15 minutes. The season runs from late August through early June.

AYC at the CHAW:

Rehearsals take place at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop located at 545 7th St., SE, Washington, DC 20003.

The chorus is divided into two sections based on age:

  • The Junior Division (ages 8 to 10) rehearses on Tuesdays from 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • The Senior Division (ages 11 to 14) rehearses on Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:00 pm

To schedule an audition time, please e-mail AYC Manager Susan Kennedy at or call (301)-502-4952. Potential singers need not prepare a song in advance.   


American Youth Chorus believes that all children, regardless of socio-economic background, deserve a high-quality music education. Tuition for our program is based on a sliding scale determined by household income. Full and partial scholarships are available provided through our Scott Upright Scholarship Fund. No family is turned away due to financial need for tuition, or tickets to concerts!

Parental Responsibilities

American Youth Chorus is intended to be a family experience. Our hope is that participation in the program will not only enhance and strengthen the lives of the participants, but also strengthen the community.

Parents will be asked to assist in a variety of ways, and will be encouraged to remain present during rehearsals on a rotating basis. Fundraising is vital to the success of the organization, and each family will be asked to participate in fundraising activities. Likewise, parents will be responsible for having participants at rehearsals and performances on time, and to assist with activities such as setup, cleanup (if necessary), receptions, and concert sales (CDs, chorus apparel, etc.).