Facility Snapshots: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy

David Johnston

And finally, for our Facility Snapshots 2011, we’re happy to present our first Brooklyn facility for the Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program.  Founded in 1992 by Dianne Berkun, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy has quickly acquired a reputation for sterling musicianship.  “It can sometimes be hard to think of this group…as anything but a polished ensemble of miniature professionals.” (New York Times, June 6, 2007.)

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy is located in a two-story brick townhouse with custom renovated studios, near Brooklyn Borough Hall. If you’re a composer looking for a space with a good piano, this place is great; quiet street, good natural light, all the pianos kept in tune.  And these kids…these kids are amazing.  They premiere works by John Adams. And win a Grammy. They dress in Mizrahi. They sing Bernstein at City Opera. They’re friends with Elmo.

Seriously, we have to find some cool composers to take up residence there. We can’t send them just anyone.

Deadline for the Con Edison Musicians’ Residency is June 1.


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