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Michigan Youth Chamber Singers

The Michigan Youth Chamber Singers (MYCS) is a select SATB choir composed of outstanding vocalists from across the region. Students interact with U-M SMTD faculty and graduate students to perform challenging standard chamber choir repertoire. Michigan Youth Chamber Singers is open to advanced high-school aged singers.

Applications are now open for the 2022-23 Michigan Youth Chamber Singers Season! See below for audition / application requirements.

Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 1:00-3:00 PM
Rehearsal Location: Kevreson Rehearsal Hall, Earl V. Moore Music Building (UM North Campus, 1100 Baits Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)

[Updated 6/23/22] View the current MYE COVID-19 vaccination policy (this policy currently applies to the upcoming 2022-23 MYE Season)



CONDUCTOR / FACULTY DIRECTOR – MARK STOVER
Assistant Professor of Music, Conducting
Associate Director of Choirs

Regarded as a leading conductor and pedagogue in the U.S. and abroad, Mark Stover shares his passion for people and building community through pursuing the highest levels of artistry. He joined SMTD in 2018 as associate director of choirs, conducting the Men’s Glee Club and the University Choir, teaching undergraduate conducting, and serving as the conductor of the Michigan Youth Chamber Singers.

Stover has been featured as a conductor and pedagogue throughout the United States and abroad and has led ensembles in Ukraine and France. In 2014, Stover guest-conducted the famed St. Olaf Choir and led the ensemble in performances throughout the Midwest. Upcoming guest engagements include 2018 Together In Hope Project, a professional touring choral ensemble from the Twin Cities who will travel to perform several concerts in Rome, and the 2019 Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools in Singapore.


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – EUGENE ROGERS
Director of Choral Activities
Associate Professor of Conducting (choir)

A two-time Michigan Emmy Award winner, a 2017 Sphinx Medal of Excellence recipient, and a 2015 GRAMMY® Award nominee, Eugene Rogers is recognized as a leading conductor and pedagogue throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Rogers is the founding director of EXIGENCE. Recently, he was named as the fifth Artistic Director of the two-time GRAMMY® Award-Winning Ensemble, The Washington Chorus (Washington, D.C.). At the University, Rogers leads the graduate choral conducting program, conducts the chamber choir, and administers the program of over eight choral ensembles. His choirs have toured throughout China, South Africa, the United States, and have appeared at national and regional conferences. In 2016, Rogers’ passion for issues of social justice and music was featured in the award-winning documentary Love, Life and Loss which highlights Joel Thompson’s powerful Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, and in 2013, he co-managed the production of the joint CD Ye Shall Have a Song with the Michigan, Yale, and Harvard Glee Clubs, a collaboration celebrating America’s three oldest collegiate choirs.


MYCS 2022-23 Season ScheduleMYCS 2022-23 Season Schedule

*NOTE: Dates and times for MYCS 2022-23 Season Events are subject to change


Those interested in auditioning for the 2022-2023 Michigan Youth Chamber Singers Season should prepare the following materials. For questions about applications, feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, all MYCS auditions will be digital. See below for specifics on uploading your audition materials.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Students interested in the MYCS should prepare the following materials for a video audition. Students should submit one continuous video that includes the following requirements:

  • A vocalization that showcases the singer’s highest and lowest ranges. This can be done either with five note scales or octave arpeggios (1-3-5-8-5-3-1) on a neutral syllable of their choosing.
  • A classical solo that best demonstrates the singer’s voice either a cappella or accompanied.

ELIGIBILITY
Students interested in the Michigan Youth Chamber Singers must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Michigan Youth Chamber Singers accepts any singers of ALL voice parts (i.e. soprano, alto, tenor, bass/baritone).

Applications for the 2022-2023 Michigan Youth Chamber Singers are now open!

APPLY NOW

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis following the May 1, 2022, priority deadline. Feel free to contact SMTD Engagement & Outreach Staff via email (smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu) if you have any questions.


2022 – 2023 TUITION
MYCS Participant – $475.00
Non-refundable application fee – $50
Additional music fee – *$30

*MYCS musicians will be able to retain their music following each performance

A discounted tuition rate of $315.00 per additional ensemble is available for musicians who participate in multiple ensembles. This discount is applied to the ensemble of equal or lesser value.

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:

  • Monthly Expenses
  • Previous Year’s Tax Return
  • Statement of Need

REFUND POLICY
Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first rehearsal (September 11, 2022). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy


Contact SMTD’s Engagement & Outreach Office via email at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu or by phone at (734) 936-2660.

DURING MYE SEASON (approx. September – March)
Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails the following times

  • Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

OUT OF SEASON (approx. March – August)
Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors emails the following times

  • Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST

Engagement & Outreach Staff monitors phone lines during the following hours, regardless of the time of year

  • Monday – Friday, 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EST


MYE 2022-2023 Participant & Family Policy Handbook

MYE STUDENT ABSENCE FORM
To report a planned absence, complete the ONLINE MYE ABSENCE FORM. Please submit all forms at least one week before the planned date of absence.

updated 6/24/22