Choral Program

The MYAC Choral Program is for talented young voices who want the best vocal preparation possible for future college vocal training and who wish to be exposed to the finest choral literature. The MYAC Choral Program includes Mini Maestros, Mighty Maestros, and auditioned ensembles: Voices Rising and VocalPoint. Each ensemble sings a wide variety of choral literature from classical to jazz and newly composed or arranged works. Students experience professional vocal training, spirited direction, and intensive choral instruction. Students may also participate in sight-singing and vocal musicianship classes.

Mini and Mighty Maestros

The Maestros Program provides a nuturing environment that fosters creative growth and musical development for 1st-4th grade students. Through singing activities and various children's choir repertoire, students will begin learning how to read music and develop healthy singing techniques. Students will also learn how to apply their skills to performing in a group setting and experience the joy and camaraderie of participating in a choral ensemble.

Mini & Mighty Maestros are directed by Mary Lewis. Ms. Lewis is a native South Carolinian, but has called Chicago home for the past year while working toward her Masters in Music Education at Northwestern University. Her previous teaching positions include working as an English teacher in France and as a middle and high school Choral Director in South Carolina. Her goal is that your children find their musical home here at MYAC and that together, we all experience the beauty, joy and fun that comes from making music!

Tuition: $750/year

Register for Mini & Mighty Maestros

Mini Maestro Rehearsals (1st & 2nd Graders): Sundays, 1:00-1:45pm
Mighty Maestro Rehearsals (3rd & 4th Graders): Sundays, 2:00-2:45pm

Kindergartners are accepted on a per case basis - email PaulaDietrich@mya.org if your kindergartner would like to join us!

Voices Rising

Voices Rising is conducted by experienced director and choral music educator, Stevi Marks. The talented members of this ensemble will build musicianship and vocal skills in a nurturing and professional environment by continually seeking excellence in music of diverse styles. Voices Rising accepts unchanged voices beginning in the 5th grade through 9th grade.

This joyous group has taken the stage around the world, most notably at the Symphony Center with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center, Carneige Hall, International tours to China and Korea and the United Nations.

Tuition: $1,002

*note: Extra costs may include required ensemble attire and incidentals.

Audition Requirements for Voices Rising

Sign Up to Audition for Voices Rising

Voices Rising Rehearsals: Sunday, 1:00-3:00pm

Testimonials for Voices Rising

"Working with Voices Rising on the Chicago Symphony's annual Welcome, Yule! concerts is one of my greatest musical pleasures. Their commitment to good performing, their respect for their colleagues, their excellent musicianship, and their sheer joy in singing is infectious. Audiences love them; I love them."
Duain Wolfe
Chorus Director and Conductor

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

"MYA's Voices Rising are a joyful performing ensemble and a fantastic learning experience. I know! From sharing the stage with them at the CSO, to witnessing their hard work with passionate and expert teacher Stevi Marks, I have grown to love this stellar group of young musicians!"
John Bruce Yeh
Assistant Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra;
Artist-Faculty, Chicago College of Performing Arts & MYA; Director, Chicago Pro Musica

"Voices Rising serves as a musical gem for young singers throughout the Chicagoland area. With a tradition of excellence and ambassadorship, Voices Rising has provided opportunities for young singers to develop the choral art of singing with a theatrical flare that engages audiences including those who attend the annual Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Welcome Yule production series. Under the able leadership of Ms. Stevi Marks, Voices Rising continues to thrill audiences in Chicago and throughout the nation."
Dr. Cheryl Frazes Hill
Associate Director/Chicago Symphony Chorus
Head of Choral Activities/Roosevelt University

VocalPoint

Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is pleased to announce the addition of a high school chamber choir, VocalPoint, to its comprehensive offerings in vocal music from pre-school through grade 12.

The new ensemble for high school vocalists will be directed by Stevi Marks and will meet Sunday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. This group will focus on a wide range of vocal styles from Classical to Jazz to Broadway and will provide performance and growth opportunities for high-school level students.

Tuition: $765*

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