AMERICAN YOUNG VOICES
For over two decades before extending the program to the United States, Young Voices had been invigorating a passion for music among young students through massive concerts in some of the biggest arenas in the U.K. and beyond.
In June 2015 Francisco J. Núñez, a MacArthur Fellow, conducted 3,000 children from 29 schools in the very first American Young Voices concert, which took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Since then, with Mr. Núñez as principal conductor, AYV has continued on pace to become a full-blown American cultural phenomenon.
Now, as AYV approaches its fifth season in 2019, these extraordinary AYV experiences have inspired such widespread awareness and demand among educators, parents, and the children themselves (please see accolades below) that AYV has expanded from a single concert at the Prudential Center, to concerts in massive arenas in four additional states - Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia - quintupling the number of schoolchildren it reaches to over 15,000 eager boys and girls in Grades 2 to 8 from schools in those and surrounding states.
In preparation for these immense, fun-filled concerts, American Young Voices invites the children to master specially selected music and movement in class with their teachers, as they transform themselves into “young artists” ready and eager to display their new-found artistic skills before enthusiastic audiences in arenas bursting to overflowing, in anticipation of the youngsters’ performances. For the children, these concerts, led by Mr. Núñez and backed by a professional band of today’s top musicians, are sure to be among the most exciting and memorable events they could ever imagine, while at the same time, inspiring a love of music that will stay with them throughout their lives.