The Music Academy

Academy Youth Chorale

Academy Youth Chorale (AYC)

Our voices are our natural instruments. We use them to speak, laugh, cry, and sing. Academy Youth Chorale (AYC) gives young singers the experience of discovering and fine tuning their own natural instruments.

In weekly sessions, students grow in confidence as they learn to hear musical intervals and how to shape a phrase and sustain a tone through natural breathing techniques. Academy Youth Chorale members can apply what they learn as singers to the study of any other chosen instrument.

AYC promotes individual self-esteem through fun, stimulating teamwork and setting realistic goals. In Academy Youth Chorale, young musicians discover the enjoyment of working together to create a delightful artistic experience for themselves and their listeners.

At The Music Academy you can expect the highest professional standards of music education. We share the expectation that all children have ability that must be nurtured. We are dedicated to building a community of support for music making and the resulting life-transforming experiences.

Academy Youth Chorale classes meet Saturday mornings during the school year.

Chorale instructor is Lindsay Draper:

Lindsay Draper is our newest addition to the Music Academy in Rockford. A Rockford native, Lindsay has been seen around the community performing with groups such as the Rockford Choral Union, the Mendelssohn Chorale and its 12-voice il coro Piccolo, and Rockford’s newest professional choir, Elysian Voices. She studied music at Rock Valley College before going on to earn her BA in Vocal Music from North Park University in Chicago. While her singing has taken her to Wisconsin, Texas, and Washington DC, her true passion is in teaching voice lessons to students ages 6 through adult.