ATMORE AREA YOUTH CHOIR
Serving the youth of Atmore, Alabama, and the surrounding communities in Northwest Florida and Southwest Alabama.
Welcome to the Atmore Area Youth Choir!
AAYC is a newly formed youth ensemble based in the city of Atmore in Southwest Alabama. We serve young musicians in grades 7-12 who reside in Atmore and surrounding communities of Alabama and Florida.
WHO WE ARE
What is AAYC?
The Atmore Area Youth Choir (AAYC) is a choir of singers in grades 7-12 who reside in Atmore and the surrounding communities in Southwest Alabama and Northwest Florida. Singers rehearse weekly and perform at several events throughout the community.
Who is involved?
AAYC is directed by Conrad Weber and Ryan Dean, two respected choral directors based in Atmore, AL. Their work, along with all of AAYC's operations, are fueled by the Pensacola Children's Chorus, along with generous support from philanthropic partners.
When does AAYC meet?
Singers meet once per week on Mondays. The Spring 2023 session will begin on March 6th, with weekly rehearsals concluding In May.
Where does AAYC meet?
Weekly rehearsals occur on the campus of Grace Fellowship Church (1412 E Nashville Ave
Atmore, Al 36502.
Safety protocols prohibit parents and community members from regularly attending.
A native of Atmore, Alabama, Mr. Weber studied piano performance in college, earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida, and his Master’s from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Over the last 25 years, he has been active as a private piano and guitar instructor and church music director, as well as a middle and high school choral director for the last 13 years. He is an advocate for the pursuit of music and the arts being more readily available for young people in rural and under-resourced communities.
Ryan Dean is a native of Uriah, Alabama. He matriculated through the Monroe County School System and graduated from J. U. Blackshear School in 2012. Upon graduation, Ryan began his collegiate experience at Huntington College where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music. Huntingdon College prepared him with the tools that he needed to be a successful music educator. He is committed to helping students reach their highest potential, and he has demonstrated this through his seven-year teaching career. Ryan has an expansive history in choral music and instrumental music, serving as a facilitator for an all-county choir performance. In addition to serving as a music educator within the public school, Ryan also services the community through his Music Education business, Dean’s List Music Academy. Ryan is a firm believer in the strength that music possesses. Music unites, inspires, and energizes! It is Ryan’s goal to heal our community through music!
Miguel Aldahondo is the Associate Director of Community Programs and a proud alumnus of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus. A native of Puerto Rico, he moved to Pensacola at the young age of 12 and has been an active performer in the area ever since. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of West Florida where he explored many styles ranging from Opera to Chamber Music and also Jazz. He taught voice and piano at the Gulf Breeze School of Music for 5 years. He then became a music educator for the Escambia County School District where he taught general music at Warrington Elementary and was the Choir Director for Ferry Pass Middle School. When he’s not working with the children’s chorus, he enjoys being a part of the Olive Baptist Church praise team and performing at weddings and music festivals as a member of the band Nobius.
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where does AAYC meet?
Rehearsals are on Mondays from 6:30-8:00pm at Grace Fellowship Church. For Fall of 2023, rehearsals will start on October 5th. (location is subject to change in the near future)
Who is eligible to join?
AAYC welcomes eager young singers who are enrolled in grades 7 through 12 in a K-12 public school, private school, or homeschool equivalent.
Is there an audition?
No, there is no formal audition, though your child may be asked to sing a few vocal exercises on their own from time to time so that Mr. Weber can get to know their voice. AAYC does not turn away any student who wishes to grow their talents!
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Sponsor the Choir
If you own or manage a business, there is no better way to show your commitment to the young people of your community by investing in the Atmore Area Youth Choir. Your business will receive special marketing incentives which has the potential of reaching a regional audience of over 25,000 individuals in Northwest Florida and Southwest Alabama.
Support a Singer
The Atmore Area Youth Choir is committed to ensuring that all eager children, even those with challenging financial circumstances, are afforded the opportunity to grow through music. Through your donation, you can direct your funds toward scholarships that will help ensure that all children have a chance to transform their lives through a powerful music education experience.