“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 remain 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, Naperville, IL