Young Adelaide Voices (YAV) is a unique South Australian Choir School, providing six choirs for young people aged 5 – 35. This community based, not-for-profit organisation provides an excellent choral education in a fun, friendly and positive environment.
YAV teaches excellence in singing, performing and musicianship with music from all genres, with concert opportunities for every choir, young and old. Choristers grow in skill and maturity as they progress through the choirs and they develop in musicianship, confidence and teamwork. YAV choristers also enjoy a great social environment and the bonds of music and friendship reverberate throughout their lives.
In 2018 YAV celebrates 30 years as a youth choir—originating as the Adelaide Girls Choir in 1988. As part of YAV’s 30th Anniversary celebrations:
- All YAV choirs will be singing the newly commissioned work “What Do You Do With An Idea” to be premiered with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in June.
- We are delighted to host the WATU Youth Choir Festival for 12—19 year olds, with guest artist and Festival Composer Lisa Young, renowned for her jazz, improvisation and “Konnakol” vocal percussion, a technique learned in Southern India.
- All choristers will come together with guest artists and musical friends to perform for our 30th Anniversary Combined Choirs concert on Sunday 2 December in Elder Hall.
In Adelaide, Young Adelaide Voices has performed and collaborated with the Adelaide International Festival of Arts and the International Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the State Opera of South Australia, where they have sung in orchestral classics, opera, music theatre and film. Highlights have included the Children’s Chorus in Britten’s War Requiem with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and singing with The Rolling Stones at the Adelaide Oval in October 2014.
In 2015 YAV sang in the pit with the ASO for the Australian Ballet’s season of The Dream, based on Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and performed over 20 shows of The Moon’s a Balloon with the Patch Theatre Company.
YAV has become an internationally renowned organisation, having made nine overseas tours to Canada, Europe, UK, America, China, Hong Kong and Japan. They have represented Australia in the 2005 World Festival of Children’s Choirs and at the European Youth Choral Festival in Neerpelt, Belgium where they have twice won First Prize With Honours, the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati and the 9th International Golden Gate Youth Choir Festival in San Francisco, where they won three First Prizes, for Folk, Contemporary and Historic music. In 2016 YAV toured to Europe, participating in youth music festivals in Salzburg, Bratislava and Verona. It was in Bratislava that they won three gold medals, one silver and Artistic Director Christie Anderson won a special award for Best Conductor of the Festival.
In 2017 YAV recorded for ABC Classics with the ASO, film music for Slingsby Theatre Company’s Emile and the Detectives, and Aurora and our Male Voice Choir have both toured to festivals interstate including Pemulwuy Male Choir Festival, Choralfest and the Festival of Voices in Tasmania. Earlier this year Aurora performed in the world premiere season of “Memorial” for Brink Theatre Company in the Adelaide Festival.
YAV is proud to always be involved in iconic Adelaide Community events, such as Carols by Candlelight, Lord Mayor’s Christmas Gala, Credit Union Christmas Pageant and Norwood Christmas Pageant.
YAV has a composer in residence program and fully supports the composition of new Australian choral works for youth choirs of all ages.