History

Young Singers was established by several music educators in Palm Beach County, including Shawn Berry, Michael Yannette and Connie Drosakis. Each of these founders has extensive experience in music for the young voice, and enjoy local and national recognition for their accomplishments. They envisioned a children's choral organization that would not be constrained by school boundaries, religious affiliations, racial bias, socio-economic barriers, or funding cuts to arts education.

This dream was realized during the summer of 2003. Our first choir season began with 79 singers, in grades 4 through 12, assigned by grade level and ability to 2 choirs. In just 15 years, Young Singers has grown from this grassroots concept to a viable force in the choral community. We have performed locally, nationally, and internationally. We are in our 15th year as Palm Beach County's premiere community-based children's choir, based at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, with approximately 350 singers, in grades 2 through 12, from all parts of Palm Beach County.

In addition to our self-produced Holiday and Spring Concerts, which are held on the main stage of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, we have also performed locally at the  Eissey Theatre, the Flagler Museum, the Borland Center, the Harriet Himmel Theatre, CityPlace, the Preservation Foundation in Palm Beach, nursing homes, libraries, etc.

On tour nationally, our singers have performed in Boston in the National Festival of the States in June of 2005; in New York City on the stage of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in the National Festival Children's Chorus in June of 2007; The Pacific International Chorus Festival in Eugene, Oregon in 2009; and a cultural exchange in the American Southwest with Native American Tribes and most recently at the Crescent City Choral Festival in the summer of 2016.  Singers are scheduled to participate in Sing A Mile High in Denver in June 2018.

In 2006, Young Singers received international recognition with an invitation to represent the state of Florida in Jubilate Mozart, an International Youth Choral Festival which was part of the year-long celebration in honor of the composer's 250th birthday. Our singers performed in concerts in Salzburg and Vienna.  Young Singers Treble Choir was invited to perform at the Children In Harmony Choral Festival at Walt Disney World in May 2008.

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