AYC is a mixed-voice youth choir for singers aged 16-27 from across Auckland, New Zealand. Offering young singers a broad musical and choral experience, the choir performs several times a year.
The choir was established in 1984 to bridge the gap between school and adult choirs and now has over 120 singing members.
The choir has had significant success with sell out innovative performances and large membership growth in the past 10 years. In 2016, the choir was part of a world premiere of Paul Mealor’s music under the baton of Dr James Jordan in Carnegie Hall, New York City. In 2019, the choir won the choral section at the Australian International Music Festival and performed in the Sydney Opera House.
The choir is proud to run a Development and Mentoring Project that provides developmental opportunities to budding conductors, pianists, composers, and arts leaders. AYC commissions at least one new work from a member of the choir each year.