May Festival Youth Chorus

Dr. Matthew Swanson, Director
David Kirkendall, Assistant Director & Accompanist
Dr. Eva Floyd, Musicianship Instructor

Join the chorus today—100% COST-FREE!

The May Festival Youth Chorus connects, inspires, and educates young people through the study and performance of choral music.  Since its founding in 1987, the Youth Chorus has appeared annually at the May Festival, performing choral-orchestral works with the May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and internationally renowned conductors and soloists.

Additionally, the youth chorus performs a stand-alone concert series in collaboration with cultural institutions and organizations throughout greater Cincinnati. The May Festival Youth Chorus is 100% COST-FREE.

Opportunities of a lifetime.

The May Festival Youth Chorus appears frequently in concert with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras at Music Hall, Riverbend Music Center and other prominent Cincinnati venues. The Youth Chorus has been featured on recordings with the Cincinnati Pops and in 2007 was featuring on NPR’s From the Top, the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians.

Alumni of the chorus have continued on as professional singers in Cincinnati and beyond. Best of all, singers in the chorus get learning experiences of a lifetime.

Revealing the voice.

Singers in the mixed-voice Youth Chorus focus on developing their vocal technique and musicianship, and on their language and performance skills. This breadth of education and training helps singers master vocal works ranging from the Medieval era to world-premiere contemporary commissions.

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