A 2009 Chorus America study shows that choral experience for young people improves academic performance, develops stronger social skills, leads to better emotional expression and management, and increases participation. We have seen this first hand with our students at PYC@Neighborhood Choirs!
In fall of 2016 we initiated a pilot project, PYC@Whitman, to broaden our commitment to musical equity in underserved communities. PYC@Whitman is a PYC choir that meets twice a week at a Whitman Elementary school in outer southeast Portland. This choir serves singers in third to fifth grade and is intentionally directed towards communities where it might be difficult to travel to Portland on a weekly basis. We now have choirs at Whitman elementary, Peninsula elementary and Wattles Boys and Girls Club.