Youth In Harmony

"The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children." -Cheryl Lavender

The Kentucky Youth in Harmony program is The Kentuckians Chorus' initiative to help choral music thrive in our state.  The program is guided by the belief that by giving young people2015 International Champions! the opportunity and skills to learn vocal harmony, we can create lasting, positive change in our community.

Our educational work involves several elements:   

  • We organize the annual Kentucky Youth in Harmony Festival, a one-day workshop that uses barbershop harmony as a vehicle to teach a cappella and performance skills for young singers.  Our guest clinicians have included the members of Instant Classic, the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2015 International Quartet Champions, After Hours, 2018 International Quartet Champions and in 2019 will feature Forefront, the 2016 International Quartet Champions!

  • Our chorus has spotlighted local student ensembles on our concerts.  Choirs from Scott County High School, Tates Creek High School, West Jessamine High School, Montgomery County High School and Transylvania University have performed with us on recent shows.

  • Do you have an a cappella group or a quartet that wants to improve its skills?  We’ll provide coaching.

Below is one of the finished products after a day at our workshop!

Here are just a few of the survey responses from previous participants:
“I learned new songs, met new people, and realized how more important singing is and will be in my life and career.  Especially now I want to do this for a living.”
“It helped me balance and harmonize.”
“Enhanced my level of musicianship and vocal independence.”

The Kentuckians Chorus and the Barbershop Harmony Society have a plethora of free resources for music educators, including sheet music, audio learning tracks, and scholarships for educational events.  Visit this page for more information:
The Youth in Harmony program has sustained itself thanks to the support of patrons like you.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Your tax deductible donations will ensure that future generations can experience the joy of singing.  Donations can be made easily and securely through the link on the right side of this page.  Change the world today!

Due to the pandemic we have suspended YIH programs until we can be allowed to meet without serious restrictions. 

To learn more about our Youth In Harmony program, contact Kris Olson at [email protected] or (859) 753-8496.

LexArts has provided funding support forYIH through its Fund for the Arts


Contact us

The Kentuckians Chorus
P.O. Box 23441
Lexington KY 40523

Phone: 859-559-5588 (Jeff)

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