ATLANTA YOUNG SINGERS champions musical excellence,
inspires artistic creativity, and promotes personal growth
in children and youth through exemplary choral performance.
Our mission is reflected in all of our policies, practices, commitments, and expectations.
ATLANTA YOUNG SINGERS of Callanwolde (AYS), headquartered at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in DeKalb County, Georgia, is Atlanta’s premier choir for children and youth. With the cooperation of dedicated community leaders, schoolteachers, and arts professionals, Stephen J. Ortlip (Music Director for 23 years) founded AYS in 1975 when the idea of boys and girls singing together in a community choir was rare in the United States.
Now celebrating its 39th season, AYS is bringing music to life for children and youth in metro Atlanta and audiences all over the world. Last year, over 90,000 people heard AYS sing! Workshops, master classes, and lecture demonstrations with skilled instructors and guest artists are offered annually to students and music educators. 20,000+ audience members each year and 2,000+ Alumni and their families have benefitted directly from AYS programs.
Under Music Director Paige F. Mathis (also an alumna) and Executive Director Virginia
M. Thompson, AYS provides a diverse and challenging learning environment that inspires
intelligent thought, artistic creativity, and personal growth. Over 180 Singers ages
These talented children serve the community through performances, free outreach concerts,
and volunteer activities; grow and develop life skills such as cooperation, dedication,
Over the past 38 years, AYS has reflected the high artistic capabilities of the young singer through performances with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, at the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and at numerous events sponsored by nationally recognized organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Atlanta Braves. AYS has traveled extensively in 22 countries on over 75 tours, singing in all the cultural capitals of North America and Europe and winning invitations to the most prestigious choral festivals in the world.
Most recently, AYS has performed in Carnegie Hall, sang for President Jimmy Carter, and both Treble Tour Choir and Youth Chorale won gold diplomas at the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati!
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Explore the AYS education program, Summer Music Camp, and more
Find out about our 4 Choir levels, 5 rehearsal locations, and more
Read about our connections with the communities we serve
View dates for upcoming Performances, Auditions, Workshops and Tours
Meet the dedicated AYS Staff
Learn more about the AYS Board of Directors and Artistic Advisory Council