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It has been a milestone year for us at Brooklyn Youth Chorus. We released our first album, #BlackMountainSongs, were Artists-in-Residence at @wqxr_classical, had our #Broadway debut and realized an impactful evening-length work, Silent Voices (#BYCSilentVoices), on the @bam_brooklyn Opera House stage. Here's to 25 more years of transformative music-making, with you by our side!

Composer Shara Nova (@mybrightestdiamond) shares her thoughts on "Blind to the Illness", commissioned by the Chorus: "This music was written in the summer of 2016, in response to the many killings of black people in America. At the time of this composition, #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile were the most recent deaths that were highly publicized. My sorrow lead me to research and I came across a teacher, Jane Elliot, who conducts an experiment called the “Blue-Eyes-Brown-Eyes” exercise. After watching a classroom session with her, my eyes were further opened to my own assumptions, power I took for granted, my racism, and my biases. Other readings relevant to the music were "I, Racist" by John Metta, "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo, and @the_new_jimcrow by Michelle Alexander. Let the change begin in me." "Blind to the Illness" was performed by Brooklyn Youth Chorus at the World Premiere of our 25th anniversary project Silent Voices at @bam_brooklyn earlier this year. #BYCSilentVoices focuses on the most pressing issues of our time, harnessing the power of young people to be instruments of change.

Full video link in bio./ "When did I part ways with myself?" In this video from @wqxr_classical, @q2music & @hel.gadavis ask our teens to open up about body image and societal pressures, one of the themes in our 25th Anniversary project Silent Voices. Composed by @kamalasankaram and with text by Claudia Rankine (spoken here), WQXR calls "Keeping The Look Loose" an anthem for young women today.

This year, we set out to launch a project about the most pressing issues of our time. #BYCSilentVoices, which premiered at @bam_brooklyn this Spring, harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change. The World Premiere showcased personal stories from our teenagers, combined with commissioned pieces from 8 amazing composers.

Post-#BYCSilentVoices world premiere speech at @bam_brooklyn last month. We worked with an amazing team & group of young singers on this project. Click the link in our bio to learn more about Silent Voices.

Photo by @ryntorn.

This photo was taken after the World Premiere of Silent Voices at @bam_brooklyn last month. The emotion speaks for itself! 📷 by @ryntorn. #BYCSilentVoices

A world premiere at @bam_brooklyn Howard Gilman Opera House and six Spring Sings concerts at @roulette_intermedium: the past 2 weeks have been an amazing whirlwind! Thank you to everyone who attended and made it possible, more photos to come. Photo by @ryntorn.

Congrats to all the BYC stars for their stellar performances at the BAM Opera House this weekend (swipe right for more pics) #BYC25thanniversary #BYCSilentVoices #proudmama

(Swipe for photos ->) Thank you all for attending the Silent Voices World Premiere this weekend at @bam_brooklyn. Click the link in our bio for the @nytimes review. We couldn't be prouder of our singers for standing up and singing out about the issues of their time! #BYCSilentVoices

Our choristers are the best (swipe for more photos ->)! Friday we celebrated 25 years of music-making at our Spring Gala and the world premiere of #BYCSilentVoices at @bam_brooklyn. Thank you to everyone who joined us- more photos to come!

Proud to be affiliated with these kids & this show. One more opportunity to see @bychorus' Silent Voices tonight at @bam_brooklyn (thanks for letting me take over your Instagram!), 730pm. #BYCSilentVoices tackles systemic injustice through song, performed by amazing Brooklyn teens. Link in bio 👀👀👀

One more opportunity to see Silent Voices TONIGHT at @bam_brooklyn, 7:30pm. Link in bio for tickets & more info. Don't miss our young singers break the mold and sing out about issues that matter. #BYCSilentVoices #musicthatmatters

CONGRATS @toshireagon on your world premiere of #brooklynbound with @bychorus and @diannebmenaker at @bam_brooklyn tonight! We know @iceensemble rocked that string arrangement!! #toshireagon #bycsilentvoices #rootstockrepublic

All the reasons why you should come see #BYCSilentVoices tomorrow night. Thanks for following along on my #BAMtakeover today—tickets are still available to tomorrow’s final performance at BAM.org/silentvoices (link in bio). See you there! —Andrea Arevalo (@a.j.a) of @bychorus

#BYCSilentVoices World Premiere in 10 minutes! Stay tuned afterward for more info & to get tickets to tomorrow's 7:30pm show.

This is Andrea Arevalo (@a.j.a) of @bychorus and I’m taking over BAM’s Instagram account today as we prepare for the premiere of #BYCSilentVoices TONIGHT at 7:30pm (link in bio). Follow along at #BAMtakeover and Instagram Stories!

After more than a year of preparation, @bychorus is getting ready to take the Opera House stage for the world premiere of Silent Voices. These young singers are standing up and singing out about the issues of our time. One hour to showtime!
This is Andrea Arevalo (@a.j.a) of @bychorus and I’m taking over BAM’s Instagram account today as we prepare for the premiere of #BYCSilentVoices TONIGHT at 7:30pm (link in bio). Follow along at #BAMtakeover and Instagram Stories!

I am looking forward to the Silent Voices World Premiere x Brooklyn Youth Chorus (@bychorus) @bam_brooklyn on tonight. My coaching the young men's choir for their performance of "Go Tell It", is definitely another worthwhile facet of the show to look forward to. These young people have worked so hard and so have the staff. See you there. 7:30pm. #MrReedSupports #BYCSilentVoices #MrReedsTestimony #BYC #BrooklynYouthChorus #BrooklynYouthChorus

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The young singers of @bychorus are standing up and speaking out at the world premiere of #BYCSilentVoices TONIGHT & tomorrow at 7:30pm. Silent Voices is a multi-composer, multimedia production tackling systemic injustice and harnessing the power of youth to be instruments of change.
This is Andrea Arevalo (@a.j.a) of @bychorus and I’m taking over BAM’s Instagram account today as we prepare for the premiere of #BYCSilentVoices TONIGHT at 7:30pm (link in bio). Follow along at #BAMtakeover and in Instagram Stories!

Photo by @camilleschaer & gif by @a.j.a

The World Premiere of #BYCSilentVoices is tonight at 7:30. These powerful projections incorporate @bychorus young singers' portraits throughout @kamalasankaram's "Keeping The Look Loose", a piece on body image and beauty standards.
This is Andrea Arevalo (@a.j.a) of @bychorus and I’m taking over BAM’s Instagram account today as we prepare for the premiere of #BYCSilentVoices TONIGHT at 7:30pm (link in bio). Follow along at #BAMtakeover and Instagram Stories!

Projections by @PeterNigrini and Dan Scully, portraits by @jaymaisel.

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