What started out in 1982 at a Western Massachusetts elderly housing project to joyfully pass the time instead of passing before your time has developed into the stereotype-defying, generation-crossing musical extravaganza better known as the Young@Heart Chorus. From The New York Times to TIME, The Ellen Show to The Daily Show and stars of the hit Fox Searchlight documentary, Young@Heart, this group of seniors, ranging in age from 73-92, has performed from Northampton to New Zealand, Europe to Japan, on over 30 international tours proving it’s “possible to grow old without growing boring.” (Painting above by Greg Stone)
10 YEARS LATER
Young@Heart, a Top 50 documentary of all time, continues to air and inspire young and old, from PBS' Independent Lens to Netflix and at dozens of schools, universities, community and retirement centers around the world. Learn more
OUR PRISON VISION
In 2014, we launched our PrisonVision program forming choruses of incarcerated singers in two local prisons and offering weekly rehearsals and live performances backed by the Y@H bringing together two often overlooked populations. Our prison work continues today. Learn more
Our annual Mash-Up series pairs Y@H onstage with the nation's best youth choirs to smash stereotypes and bridge the generation gap. Renowned collaborators include Staten Island's PS22 Chorus, Chicago Children's Choir, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and SciTech Band. Learn more
37 YEARS in AND STILL GOING STRONG
In collaboration with No Theater, Young@Heart has performed in the trilogy of theater shows — Road to Heaven, Road to Nowhere, and End of the Road — at The R Festival in Rotterdam, Manchester International Festival, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), Zurich Theater Spektakel, Spielzeit Europa in Berlin, Dublin Theater Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, and the National Theater in Oslo, Norway.
The Chorus has performed its concerts “Alive and Well”, “This is Getting Old”, and now "Welcome to Your Life" at venues around the world including the Royal Carré Theatre, Amsterdam; Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier Place des Arts, Montreal; Wilshire Theater, Los Angeles; Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City; Paramount Theater, Denver; Beacon Theatre, New York; Warner Theater, Washington, DC; Orchard Hall, Bunkamara Theatre, Tokyo; Civic Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand, and at the Newport Folk Festival.
The Walker George documentary Young@Heart, originally broadcast on Channel 4 television in the UK, won two Rose d’Or awards, the LA Film Festival Audience Award, screened at Sundance and SXSW Festival before it was released in the U.S. and Canada by Fox Searchlight. The film has since been released in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, Portugal, and Japan, winning the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival, the Paris Cinema International Film Festival, Ghent Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Bergen International Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, among others.
The Young@Heart Chorus strives to present a positive image of aging through music. Born of a belief that the often-marginalized elderly can make great contributions to art, we perform songs not commonly sung by older people to build bridges between communities and create shared musical experiences for young and old alike. Young@Heart works to show that age is never a barrier to making great music, and that no life circumstance should act as a barrier to participating in or enjoying it. Young At Heart Chorus, Inc is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.