The ARIZONA YOUTH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (AYCE) is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide serious young singers in Tucson with an opportunity for music and dramatic education and performance. The ensemble is co-directed by Ms Stephanie Fox and Mr. Thomas Brower, with acting instruction provided by various instructors and coaching provided by Mr. Tom Urda. Membership is open to students from middle school up until age 25. AYCE is an excellent opportunity for home-schooled and private schooled students who do not have any group performing experiences available through school. There are many opportunities for peer mentoring as well.
Since 2003, one of the goals of AYCE is to give students equal opportunity to perform music that reflects their own personal tastes while increasing their knowledge of choral and stage music in both contemporary and classical works from the standard repertoire. To that end, AYCE performances exhibit a broad range of styles and languages as well as a variety of different genres of material.
AYCE is a unique organization that fills the need for a professional quality ensemble of Tucson’s young performers, giving them an opportunity to gain performance experience in solo and choral singing as well as staged works all in a positive and nurturing environment.
The differences between AYCE and other choral programs in Tucson are:
AYCE focuses on the individual as a performer
Students in the ensemble are serious about pursuing performing arts at the college level
AYCE is a mixed ensemble
Students receive one on one vocal, dance & dramatic coaching from private vocal instructors or ensemble directors or both
All members are encouraged and given the opportunity to perform as either soloists or ensemble members.
Arizona Stage Coach is a perfomance arts education organization hosted by Magic Voice Studio and acts as the home of AYCE. Founded by Stevie in 2014, it's aim is to provide a safe, intimate, fun teaching environment for the young people of Tucson. Most of the teachers are members of Magic Voice Studio, and are all accomplished students of the arts who are eager to pass on their knowledge to others.