Nothing speaks louder than the heartfelt words of our singers, their parents and our audience members. We hope you’ll take a moment to read what people are saying in testimonial to Young Naperville Singers and about how the organization has enriched their musical education and experience.
Under Angie Johnson’s extraordinary leadership, YNS has begun a whole new era of excellence in musical artistry and education. The voices and spirit of YNS blend in a unique and inspiring way to create an experience long remembered by singers and audiences alike!
—Dr. Ramona Wis, Chair, North Central College Department of Music
YNS students who arrive in my choirs at Neuqua far exceed most students in a great variety of ways, including score reading skills, pitch accuracy, vocal technique, ensemble awareness, respect for others and the rehearsal process, general leadership characteristics, and an awareness of what it takes to remained focused over the long term of concert preparation while working towards incremental goals that accumulate and ultimately lead to great successes. YNS students are instilled with artistry, they 'get it', they appreciate literature of the highest quality and want to work hard at achieving great things. When a new student tells me they are in YNS, I smile!
—Jay Kellner, Choral Director, Neuqua Valley High School - District 204
The connection between dedicated directors and talented children is evident whenever Young Naperville Singers performs. The clear, true music expressed by talented young voices is showcased in a combination of the sacred and secular, classical and contemporary, touching and comical.
—The Chicago Tribune
When you sing, you represent Naperville and you do it so well that we will always remember the joy and enthusiasm that you express through music.
—A. George Pradel, past Mayor of Naperville, to the Young Naperville Singers
Young Naperville Singers has been my passion, my dedication, and my home for the past 12 years. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunities, traveling experiences, life-long friendships and musical brilliance, coming full circle at the end of my grade school years.
—Audrey, YNS alum,12 year member
I sing in YNS because it expresses who I am as a person and gives me confidence.
—Audrey, age 9
Rarely does one encounter an experience as engaging and musically rewarding as YNS. It is an amazing feeling to know that you are in a community that shares your passion for music.
—Caitlin, age 17
YNS is a family - it is my escape from all the school work and stress of being a teenager! YNS is my life and I honestly can't live without it.
—Cassidy, age 16
YNS is the best part of my week.
—Derek, age 11
I like to sing in YNS because it’s fun!
—Dominic, age 6
YNS taught me how to use my voice, and with it, sing many great songs by great composers. Music is an art and YNS knows how to find it in anyone.
—Elena, age 11
“What a fortunate find YNS has been to our family! YNS has been something that every one of our kids (seven so far) has wanted to be a part of. It has filled their desire to be part of something larger than themselves, and to become very skilled at something beautiful! It has become an essential and integral part of their education. Having the music theory, solfege, sight reading and performance opportunities have been a perfect fit for our family.”
—John, parent of seven YNS singers past and present
I love YNS because it helps me step out of my comfort zone, build up my self-esteem, and improve my musical talents.
—Julia, age 16
I love YNS because it fosters musical growth in a loving and friendly environment!
—Maggie, age 16
I have always enjoyed singing but YNS has turned it into a passion.
—Martha, age 15
YNS was my sanctuary in song. It taught me important life lessons that have helped to make me a well-rounded person.
—Ryan, YNS alum, 11 year member
YNS is a place where I can express myself without worry of judgement of any kind.
—Samantha, age 16
"After 25 years in choral music leading ensembles of young people, and hearing hundreds of children's choir performances, I was moved in a way I never had been before by the YNS at the 2016 ACDA Division Conference in Chicago. The brilliant programing, the inspired conducting, the outstanding singer musicianship all made for a performance of profound choral pathos I will never forget."
—Steven Fisher Artistic Director Commowealth Youthchoirs; "Let Freedom SING!" Girlchoir National Convention
Many things change throughout my years but YNS is a comforting constant
—Tegan, age 14
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