Facility Spotlight: “Making Modern Works Our Own” with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

David Johnston

The Grammy award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus is one of the most gifted and versatile groups of young musicians around. Period. They have sung, recorded and performed with just about everyone, including major orchestras, renowned conductors, pop stars, composers, dance companies and more. Last year, they even collaborated with famed fashion designer (and Brooklyn native) Isaac Mizrahi to showcase a custom-designed line of choir robes.

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus makes its home in a beautifully renovated brownstone in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill, as well as the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza through its new BYCA Music Annex satellite program. The purpose – to meet the growing demands of the 350-plus BYCA choristers and to ensure that every Brooklyn neighborhood has access to BYCA’s programs.

In light of all of their many accomplishments, we particularly admire BYCA’s mission to “make modern works our own.” Through their Commissioning Project, over 25 diverse new works for youth chorus have been composed and premiered, expanding the repertoire of youth choral music while nurturing the collaborative and dynamic process between the composer and “instrument.”

To that end, we are excited to continue our Con Edison Musicians’ Residency partnership with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus for a second year. We send special thanks to Valerie Lewis, Dianne Berkun, Elizabeth Woodhouse and the rest of the BYCA crew.  And hearty congratulations to BYCA on their 20th year anniversary!


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