The Ames Youth Choir program aspires to the best in the American choral tradition for young singers. The focus is the development of self-esteem through artistic experience including healthy vocal technique, expressive singing, and music literacy. The program promotes musical excellence, performing music from all style periods, cultures and traditions including premiering new works, the potential and achievements of young people, collaborating with professional musicians and ensembles, creating connections in the community and throughout the world, volunteerism, making the program available to all musically talented children, and the joy of singing.

The Ames Youth Choir is dedicated to the following goals:

To promote musical excellence among the youth of Central Iowa

  • by providing artistic vocal and choral music education
  • by developing musical literacy and expressive singing
  • by experiencing a broad repertoire of music:¬† from all style periods, from diverse cultures and traditions, premieres of new works
  • by performing a cappella and accompanied music
  • by providing one touring experience each year for older singers
  • by collaborating with professional music organizations and musicians

To bring the gift of music to our community

  • by making the program available to all musically talented children
  • by highlighting the potential and achievements of children
  • by providing opportunities for young people to volunteer in their community
  • by creating a sense of community among the children and their families
  • by developing programs to connect with the community
  • by representing and promoting our community nationally and internationally