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Kentucky Youth Chorale


The Kentucky Youth Chorale, conducted by Julie Ann White, recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Education, is an inclusive young singer’s choral program that interweaves music instruction with performance and travel.

Julie Ann White, Director of Kentucky Youth Chorale, is the Fine Arts Coordinator for the Owensboro Public Schools where she serves as curriculum specialist and consultant for their music, art, drama and dance programs and curriculum K-12. She graduated with high honors from the University of Montana where she studied piano, percussion and voice. She has also founded and directed treble choirs since 1972 which include the Knollwood Children’s Chorus (Atlanta, Georgia) The Brescia Boy Choir, The Sutton Singers, The City Singers and the Owensboro Center Chorus and the Kentucky Youth Chorale.

Mrs. White’s choirs have performed with the Atlanta Symphony and the Owensboro Symphony; for the Kentucky School Board Association State Conventions, CMENC and numerous KMEA conventions; with the Chattanooga Boy Choir and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir; at Carnegie Hall in 1999 as a nationally auditioned chorus selected from over 200 applicants; on KET (In Performance at the Governor’s Mansion), the only public school musical group to do so to date. They have also sung for the opening session of the Kentucky Legislature. In July, 2002, the Owensboro Center Chorus won a highly coveted invitation to perform in the Pacific Rim International Children’s Choral Festival in Hawaii. Nicholas Palmer, conductor of the Owensboro Symphony has said, “I have worked with many children’s choirs throughout the United States and this is one of the best I have ever encountered. Much praise must go to their excellent conductor Julie White who has remarkable control over the choir and the ability to motivate them to the highest standard of performance.”

Mrs. White was selected the 1988 Owensboro Public School Teacher of the Year and in 1993 she was honored as the KMEA Elementary Music Teacher of the Year. She has received the Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement Award and the Owensboro Mayor’s Award for Excellence. She has served on the Kentucky Department of Education Task Force to revise and assess Kentucky’s music curriculum and has also worked for the Kentucky Arts Council. She currently serves on the Kentucky Arts Advisory Council. She is the 2007-2008 recipient of the highly coveted Governor’s Award for the Arts in Education.

Mrs. White conducts district choral festivals throughout Kentucky. She currently directs the Kentucky Youth Chorale and is co-director of a two week summer Arts camp in Owensboro, Summer Institute for Young Artists (SIYA).
Kentucky Youth Chorale