YES Academy Iraq

Youth Excellence on Stage in Suleimaniya and Erbil

In a program funded by the Governorate of Erbil and the Youth Organizations of Suleimaniya and Rania, American Voices brought the fifth annual YES Academy program to Iraq.
With a nationwide outreach, over 150 aspiring young musicians received intensive training in the course of ten days of activities ranging from Early Music and Chamber Music to Piano and String Orchestra. The participants included many Iraqi music teachers as well as students from Iraqi universities, conservatories and public and private high schools. The gala show at the new Suleimaniya Cultural Hall played to an audience of 500 and was broadcast on several local TV stations, reaching millions more.
In Erbil, American Voices' Marc Thayer worked with the newly re-formed Erbil Symphony Orchestra with the support of the Governorate of Erbil. Other Erbil activities included daily workshops with the Erbil Institute of Fine Arts and participation from Kirkuk's Institute of Fine Arts.
American Voices would like to thank our government and NGO sponsors in Iraq as well as our project partners in Rania, Suleimaniya and Erbil: The Erbil Institute of Fine Arts, The Youth Center of Rania, Mayor of the City of Rania, Youth Organization of Suleimaniya, The Suleimaniya String Orchestra and the Kurdish String Orchestra.