Chromatics is our premier ensemble for secondary school students. From multi-movement masterworks to challenging a cappella arrangements of popular songs, the selection of music for this group reflects their continued mastery of the vocal arts. Building on the YCM foundational principles of healthy vocal production and music literacy, choristers have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding of the history of music as they sample the many treasures in the choral canon. They also serve on the front lines of contemporary music making by sponsoring and championing the work of living composers.

Weekly rehearsal

Day Start Finish
Mondays 18:30 19:45

Sessions run from late September 2019 until the end of May 2020 following the Italian school calendar with breaks scheduled for the Christmas, Carnival, and Easter holidays.

All weekly sessions are held in our rehearsal space at Piazza Castello 4.

Please note that all candidates interested in our Chromatics program must schedule a one-on-one vocal session of 10 minutes with our Artistic Director before enrollment can be confirmed.  After we receive your Enrollment Request Form, we will contact you to schedule a convenient date and time for an individual appointment.

Monthly workshops

In addition to our regularly scheduled weekly rehearsals, we also hold monthly workshops (always on a Friday, 5-7pm) at which the full YCM performing chorus, comprising the Chromatics, Overtones and Harmonics, comes together.  These two-hour sessions, held at locations throughout central Milan, are much more than general rehearsals.  Expert guests are invited to share their knowledge and experience.  Team-building exercises are run to forge last friendships and a shared sense of belonging.  And plenty of time is devoted to having FUN!

Performances throughout the artistic season

YCM believes strongly in giving our choristers multiple opportunities to perform.    We want our young artists to experience the satisfaction that is felt as a result of hours of acquiring new skills and overcoming challenges to gain mastery.  In 2019/2020 we have already programmed five performance opportunities: concerts for friends and families, singing at public events, and participating in national festivals.  No matter the venue, these performances are sure to be peak experiences for choristers and audience alike, showcasing weeks and months of musical preparation and dedication.

This artistic season YCM choristers will also have a special opportunity to participate at the acclaimed “Festival di Primavera” organized by Feniarco in Montecatini Terme, April 16-18, 2020.  Over 800 students from 50+ schools took part in the 2019 Festival. We believe the program offers exceptional learning and performing opportunities for young choristers and YCM is excited to join in the 2020 edition.   Full details including fees for this program will be communicated to parents in the autumn of 2019, and a full calendar with dates, times and locations for the monthly Friday workshops and our YCM concerts will be provided upon enrollment.

Annual fees

YCM’s program runs from September through May.  Tuition is to be paid in a single installment of €600 at the time of enrollment.

Additionally, choristers must purchase the annual YCM Score Packet which contains original sheet music for their current year’s repertoire at a cost of €30.

As Chromatics choristers are protagonists at our YCM performances, we require parents to sign a consent form at the time of enrollment to allow YCM to utilize photos, videos and recordings of their chorister to promote YCM and/or our activities.

Registration is currently open for the 2019/2020 season. Please register your high school or middle school student for YCM’s Chromatics program by using the YCM Enrollment Request

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