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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. Due to restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, MYCS will be moving online for the 2020-21 Season! This online format will include rehearsals with SMTD faculty and students, as well as weekly educational webinars ranging on subjects specific to the singers, choir, SMTD admissions, best practices on recording yourself from home, and much more.

Students will also participate in SMTD’s Grand Night For Singing, a collaboration with UMS choral union to present an online evening of choral music, music theatre, and solo voice performances that celebrates the power of community and connection with staged performances from the past and new virtual performances that highlight the broad vocal talent at the university and in our community

Students may also participate exclusively in the webinar series if they want access to weekly educational material without participating in weekly rehearsals and SMTD’s Grand Night for Singing. More information on auditioning / registering is listed below.

Both the online MYCS ensemble and webinar series are open to advanced high-school aged singers.

U-M Faculty Director: Mark Stover, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Choirs

Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 1:00-2:30 PM
Rehearsal Location: Online via Zoom meeting (accessible via the MYCS course on Canvas)

Repertoire for Fall 2020
How Can I Keep from Singing – arr. Karen Thomas
I Was Glad – Sir Hubert Parry
Lead with Love – Melanie Demore
Say Her Name – Alysia Lee

Fall Term* (2020)
September 13
MYCS Rehearsal 1 & Orientation

September 20
MYCS Rehearsal 2

September 27
MYCS Rehearsal 3 & Webinar 1

October 4
MYCS Rehearsal 4

October 11
MYCS Rehearsal 5 & Webinar 2

October 18
MYCS Rehearsal 6

October 25
MYCS Webinar 3

November 1
MYCS “GNFS” Debrief

November 8
MYCS Webinar 4

November 15
MYCS Webinar 5
*Some schedule changes may occur based on the final decision for when “Grand Night for Singing” will be held. Any schedule changes will be communicated to MYCS participants as soon as possible.

Winter Term* (2021)

January 24
MYCS Rehearsal 1

January 31
MYCS Rehearsal 2

February 7
MYCS Rehearsal 3

February 14
MYCS Rehearsal 4

February 21
MYCS Rehearsal 5

February 28
MYCS Rehearsal 6

March 7
MYCS Rehearsal 7

March 14
MYCS Rehearsal 8

March 21
MYCS Rehearsal 9

March 28
MYCS Rehearsal 10

*Final schedule information for the Winter 2021 forthcoming. Be sure to check back in late October / early November 2020.

All selections must be uploaded as one continuous video. Videos should be no more than 10 minutes in length. An audition is not considered complete unless it stays within the allotted time AND contains all stated repertoire / exercise requirements.

  • A classical solo that best demonstrates the singer’s voice either a cappella or accompanied.
  • 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.

Digital Audition FAQ

Students must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

MYE Online Application Open – July 31, 2020 at 9:00AM EST
Audition Portal Open – August 10, 2020 at 9:00AM EST
Audition Portal Closes – August 14, 2020 at 11:59PM EST
MYE Online Application Deadline – August 14, 2020 at 11:59PM EST
Admission Notification – August 24, 2020

MYE Application Process

1 – Fill out the MYE online application form

2 – Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee

3 – Create an Account on Acceptd
How to sign up for an Acceptd account

4 – Upload your audition materials to the Acceptd portal
Acceptd Digital Audition Instructions

Prospective students must complete all four steps to be considered for MYE full participation.

Please note: All applications will be considered on a rolling basis, if positions are available.

  1. Fill out the MYE online application form
  2. Pay $50 non-refundable application fee

No audition is required for the webinar series.

Applications Open – July 31, 2020 at 9:00AM EST
Application Deadline – September 1, 2020 at 11:59PM EST

2020-2021 Tuition
MYCS Participant – $325.00
MYCS Webinar Series Only – $125.00
Non-refundable application fee – $50

A discounted tuition rate of $175.00 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 Financial Assistance
A limited number of need-based awards are available. To be considered for a need-based award you must complete the online financial aid application by the priority deadline. To begin the process, select “Need Based Award Consideration” in the program application.

Refund Policy
Full refunds of MYE tuition are only available before the first rehearsal (September 13, 2020). SMTD Engagement and Outreach refund policy

Please contact us at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu or (734) 936-2660.

MYE 2020-2021 Student Handbook
The 2020-2021 Michigan Youth Ensembles Handbook will be available in mid-August.

Accessing University of Michigan Canvas
Access U-M Canvas for class information. Each ensemble will have a separate Canvas page, available by September 8, 2020. Information will be emailed in mid-August with directions for setting up your Canvas “Friend Account.”

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.