UNITED STATES & CANADA

January 2018

12Janallday14alldayActon, CA3-Day Signature Workshop

18Janallday20alldayFranklinton, LA3-Day Signature Workshop

22Janallday24alldayGainesville, GA3-Day Signature Workshop

25Janallday27alldayGainesville, GA3-Day Signature Workshop

29Janallday30alldayMarksville, LA2-Day Signature Workshop

February 2018

01Feballday03alldayPanama City, FL3-Day Signature Workshop

04Feballday06alldayPonchatoula, LA3-Day Signature Workshop

07Feballday08alldaySlidell, LA2-Day Signature Workshop

11Feballday13alldayOcala, FL3-Day Signature Workshop

15Feballday17alldayCharleston, SC3-Day Signature Workshop

18Feballday20alldayColumbia, SC3-Day Signature Workshop

22Feballday24alldayGallatin, TN3-Day Signature Workshop

March 2018

01Marallday03alldayLafayette, TN3-Day Signature Workshop

08Marallday10alldayCleveland, TN3-Day Signature Workshop

11Marallday12alldayAugusta, GA2-Day Signature Workshop

15Marallday17alldayFayetteville, NC3-Day Signature Workshop

22Marallday24alldayNorth Charleston, SC3-Day Signature Workshop

26Marallday27alldayGallman, MS2-Day Signature Workshop

28Marallday29alldayMarks, MS2-Day Signature Workshop

Students throughout the midwest region of the United States have the opportunity to learn from and perform with this super talented international cast of The Young Americans. As well as developing performing arts skills in singing, drama and dance, all perform alongside one of the world’s most successful and inspirational groups in a concert at the end of each workshop event.

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This is one of our most exciting spring tours since the national youth programs began in 1992. Our Turn Up The Music National Tour will be bringing its 3-day signature workshops to 19 cities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. September 2016 marked the debut of our brand new tour show that will make its run across America & Canada for the next 3 years.

With common core and steam leading the way in modern education, The Young Americans new show gains an even bigger spotlight. Music has always been an international language and now, more than ever, it’s an essential bridge to inspiring our youth to make important connections between education and practical use. The new Broadway Show, Hamilton, has shown us we can use contemporary rhythm and sound to teach important history in a fresh, unique experience. This show aims to do just that. We’ll use pop hits to connect language arts, broadway theatre to feature history’s biggest moments, classical music to share international language, the foundation of science will tribute songwriter legends, and more.

What can participants look forward to?

These Signature workshops and shows bring to you an incredible combination of high-energy, team-building, confidence boosting FUN! Using music as the tool, this cast of specially trained college age performer/teachers provide a safe and fun atmosphere for your students to learn, explore, create, and GROW! All participants are encouraged to be themselves and will learn an hour long variety show to perform for their family and friends.

Ideal for students from Grade 3 to 12, it’s not just for performing arts students but for anyone who has always wanted to enjoy the experience of a lifetime in musical performance. Unlike almost every other music performance workshop, prior training and experience in singing, dancing and acting is not necessary. For those who are performing arts students, you’re taken to a whole new level of excellence.

Learn an hour long variety show! Participants will be split into appropriate age groups to learn a variety show to perform by the end of the workshop. The show features hip-hop, contemporary, rock n’ roll, Broadway musicals, Disney, and more! Your students will be in front singing, dancing, and performing the show and solos they’ve learned.

Classes & Self-Confidence: In addition, the students will take classes in the areas of voice, dance, songwriting, and performance (acting and improv). Throughout the camp, we’ll focus on the students as individuals. We encourage every student to become more confident in who they are and what they’d like to become. Music is our tool to reach a common ground between age groups, cultures, and peers.

Leadership • Common Core Elements: This program helps students develop the soft skills needed for University and career readiness while utilizing inquiry learning to provide a unique real world experience which connects to each student’s education.

Our Supporters

USA Partnerships & Supporters

  • Country Music Association Foundation • #MusicEducationMatters
    • For the second year in a row, YA has been awarded a grant from CMA Foundation…our 2016 grant was $20,000…for 2017, it jumped to $65,000! They love how YA delivers their “Music Education Matters” message to youth and audiences across the U.S. through our Signature Workshops. These grants are used specifically for scholarships for YA workshop participants, so that kids who might not have gotten the chance will now be able to participate in this life-changing experience!Organizations: Rotary Clubs of Central Coast, Central Coast Council, Murmuration
  • Organizations, Companies, & Stars: Make a Wish, iHeart Radio & KISS FM Los Angeles, Jason Mraz, Paramore, Walk the Moon, Barry Manilow
  • Schools: In the last 20 years, we’ve now visited and have the support of over 2,000 public and private schools across the United States

Our Signature Workshops Include:

  • Duration: A normal workshop takes place within 3-days. Two of the days take place after school and one day would take place during school. We have worked with schools to conduct one-day and two-day workshops as well.
  • The Show: Each workshop culminates in a 2-hour performance for the community. We use music and the show as a tool to inspire teamwork, self-confidence, leadership, and growth within the performing arts.
  • Workshop: This high-energy comprehensive performance workshop covers everything from vocal techniques, dance, and comedy improvisation, to stage movement, sound, lighting, and more.
  • Classes, Self-Confidence, & Leadership: In addition, the students will take classes in the areas of voice, dance, song writing, and performance (acting and improv). Every class uses techniques that emphasize individuality and leadership.
  • Cultural Exchange: The Young Americans represent over 35 states throughout the U.S. and 20 countries across the world. Participants have time to ask questions and interact will our international performers to create a unique cultural exchange.
  • Bring Schools Together: A majority of the schools we work with invite schools within a large radius to come participate in the workshop event. Similar to a band/choir invitational, it’s a great way promote cross-school relationships.

Sign Up your Student

Our tour schedule throughout the United States is featured below. There you can find your location or youth program available for your student(s). We’ll have event information, online registration, and scholarship applications available one month prior to each event.

Host an Event

To host one of our youth programs, you need to be associated with a public/private school, educational organization, or foundation. Please follow this link and submit your information to be considered. To learn more about how to host our programs, please view this PDF.

Local Sponsorship

Governments, companies, artists, and parents have responded with overwhelming support of our programs. There are countless stories of how they help to change the lives of the students and communities we visit. We need your help to sponsor children in need of financial assistance. Please consider giving the gift of music today.

Become a Volunteer

At all of our events, we utilize local volunteers to help during meal breaks, donate food or water for the cast, and host our cast members in their home for the duration of the program. If you can help, please submit your information today and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

- History of Tours in the USA -

After several years of hosting national choral invitationals in Southern California, and after witnessing the removal of music programs in our nation’s schools due to budget cuts, The Young Americans® decide to create the National Music Outreach Tour in 1992 to bring music back into schools.

Since the first group of Young Americans stepped into a high school gymnasium in Florida in 1992, our Music Outreach programs continue to lead the way, creating the largest music education movement in the world.

The goal of the tour – to bring music back into schools, opening doors of discovery for the musical talents of young people. Students spend 3 days learning to work together, to respect each other’s strengths, and to discover their own potential – all through the universal language of music and dance.

FAQ's

Administrators & Teachers

What kinds of facilities do you need?

We ask that our host provide a main venue space during the event. This is typically a high school theatre or gymnasium. Sometimes the schedule provides the ability to conduct the workshop days in a space that has fewer school conflicts and then move to the main venue for the day of the show.

Additional teaching spaces: (e.g. choir room, band room, small theatre, wrestling room, small gym) We only need two of these additional spaces during the workshop days when we split up to teach different groups at the same time.

How does the fundraiser work?

Turn Up The Music will donate money back to your programs based on the level of students registered for your workshop.

  • 50………………. $250
  • 100…………….. $500
  • 150…………….. $750
  • 200…………….. $1,500
  • 250…………….. $1,750  + $1 / SHOW TICKET
  • 300…………….. $2,000 + $1 / SHOW TICKET  + CHANCE TO WIN $8,000
  • 350…………….. $3,000 + $1 / SHOW TICKET + CHANCE TO WIN $8,000

*$8,000 Drawing: Only schools that reach 300+ students in a 20 city tour (there is one tour each season) are entered in for the drawing to win.

Additional Fundraiser: Schools can also add a fee on top of our participant fee or ticket price as an additional fundraiser. Selling concessions during the event is another great option that a majority of our schools organize as well.

What fees are associated with hosting?

There is no fee to the school for the workshop or fundraiser. The Young Americans collect a participant fee of $59/student and ticket sales for the show. This includes registration for all three days and a Young Americans tour t-shirt, the costume for the show. Our online registration site can help with any parent who’d like to pay via credit card. Parents that would like to pay by cash or check can do so with your school. Our business manager can then invoice the school for any funds collected. Tickets for the final performance are sold by The Young Americans: $10/adult and $8/student. Our staff will take care of this upon arrival.

What kind of training and background do your teachers have?

All of our Young Americans undergo training at The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts before they can tour with our youth programs. In addition, each of our students are subjected to a state and federal background check. 

Does The Young Americans help with insurance and liability?

Yes, no problem. We issue a certificate of insurance for your school/organization. Let us know how you’d like it to read and we can make it happen!

Parents

Is this event good for students with no training?

Yes. There are many students that take part in our programs without any previous training. We always have 30-45 teachers that can work with students one on one if they need any extra help.

What if my student has years of training? Can this program help them grow?

Yes. The designed show has material that can be utilized for students with previous training. In fact, students with training, enjoy these programs due to the variety we provide. Having to be a “triple threat” is becoming increasingly more popular, and learning this type of show alongside international performers provides appropriate growth in those areas.

When and where can I purchase tickets for the show?

Tickets are sold during the event at the show venue. Stop in at the beginning or end of each day to purchase any tickets you family may need. We recommend stopping by before show day to guarantee getting a ticket for the show(s). Participants in the show do not need a ticket.

I see there are two acts to the show, what is in each act?

The first act is performed by the cast of Young Americans as a “thank you” to the campers and families for welcoming us into your community. The second act features the participants in a variety show they learn throughout the workshop.

Does my student need water, food, or sunscreen?

We suggest that everyone bring plenty of water and sunscreen if the weather permits being outside. Plan to bring a packed lunch during meal times scheduled throughout the event.

Students

Is this event good for students with no training?

Yes. There are many students that take part in our programs without any previous training. We always have 30-45 teachers that can work with students one on one if they need any extra help.

What if my student has years of training? Can this program help them grow?

Yes. The designed show has material that can be utilized for students with previous training. In fact, students with training, enjoy these programs due to the variety we provide. Having to be a “triple threat” is becoming increasingly more popular, and learning this type of show alongside international performers provides appropriate growth in those areas.

Am I in the same group as my friends?

Yes. There are three main groups for the event. Those groups are elementary, middle, and high school. If you and your friends are close to being in one group or another, you can choose what group you’d like to be with.