Washington Youth Choir


A Commitment to Artistry and Excellence

The MusicianShip Washington Youth Choir is an astounding year-round performance ensemble, which provides an educational experience geared toward talented and driven young vocalists in the DC Metropolitan area. Our focus is to fulfill the educational needs of DC-area youth by utilizing music as a vehicle to impart core values, promote higher education, and instill the belief that excellence can be achieved despite disadvantages.

Our History

Our vision at The MusicianShip Washington Youth Choir is dedicated to nurturing and enriching youth with meaningful experiences through vocal artistry and artistic development that will build character, boost confidence, and inspire them to lead purposeful lives.

In May 2005, the historic Eastern Choral Society, based at Eastern Senior High School, broadened its mission to fulfill the educational needs of DC, Maryland and Virginia’s youth through the creation of the Washington Youth Choir (WYC). Rooted in the success of the Eastern High School Choir model, the Washington Youth Choir officially launched on January 9th, 2006. The choir’s primary mission is to enhance the educational experience of the Metropolitan Area’s youth through rigorous study and performance practice of music so as to facilitate successful transitions out of high school. Our curriculum, refined by Artistic Director Gregory Watkins, aids in producing “Scholartists”; intelligent, focused & driven young people who are determined to be excellent (without excuse) in both the worlds of academia and performing arts. Founded by Dr. Joyce Garrett, the choir continues to be “DC’s Chorus of Choice”, performing for each US President since Ronald Reagan. Performances with notable artists such as Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Linda Eder, Janelle Monae, Anthony Anderson, India Arie, as well as privately at the request of former Vice President Joe Biden line WYC’s resume.

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To participate in our choir program, to donate support or services, to request a performance, or to inquire about anything related to The MusicianShip Washington Youth Choir, please contact us!