Metro Youth and Gospel Arts

Metro Youth Gospel Arts (MYGA) is the Metropolitan Division’s collection of musical ensembles designed to foster musical and spiritual growth among the youth of our division. Included in these ensembles are the Metro Youth Band, Metro Youth Chorus, Bramwell Brass, and Metro Youth Praise Band.

Currently, each group meets monthly at different corps around the Metropolitan division (as detailed below). The groups perform at various divisional functions throughout the year including the annual Metro Youth Music concert, celebrating the various teaching and creative arts initiatives around the Chicago area.

MYGA Rehearsal Schedule
9:00-11:15 AM Metro Youth Band | Bramwell Brass
11:15-11:30 AM Devotions – All MYGA Participants
11:30 AM-12:15 PM   Lunch – $3 per MYGA Participant
12:15-2:00 PM Metro Youth Chorus

Who is eligible to participate in MYGA?

  • Members of MYGA will be between the ages of 12-25 and will be either junior or senior soldiers in good standing at their home corps.
  • Members of MYGA should be exemplary members of their corps YP or senior music groups wherever possible. If no corps group exists, soldiers may become members of MYGA with the endorsement of the Corps Officer.
  • Members may be asked to stay in a group assuming a leadership position beyond the age of 25 or if there are not any prospective members in the designated age range. All members will require the endorsement of their corps officer.
  • Short auditions for prospective members of the Metro Youth Band and Bramwell Brass will take place at the first rehearsal on September 23. Click here to open a new tab with the audition material. This audition will determine ensemble placement and seating.
  • All members must read and sign the MYGA Handbook & Application. This can be found here and returned on, or before, the first rehearsal.

Additional Eligibility Requirements by Group:

Metro Youth Band

Bramwell Brass

Metro Youth Chorus

  • For ages 15-25
    • Students under 15 may be eligible for MYB contingent on the audition
  • Audition Based
  • Standard SA Brass Band Format
  • For ages 12-15
    • Members over 15 may remain in Bramwell Brass if they are placed in leadership positions
  • Audition Based
  • For ages 12-25
  • Open to all who meet the eligibility requirements
  • Ability to read music is not a prerequisite but must be willing to learn.
  • Interested piano accompanists are also encouraged to join (as well as bass & drums)

*Students meeting the MYGA attendance and CMI age requirements  will receive a $100 CMI Scholarship*

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