If you are an Ithaca-area kid or teen who loves to sing gospel music, spirituals, and other soulful music, and wants to learn about music of struggle and protest, then DCYS would be perfect for you!

All interested singers must audition. To sign up to audition, click the button:

During the audition, we will assess your ability to match pitch by playing and singing scales and patterns for you to sing back. Sight-reading ability is not required. You may also be asked to sing a short song, which we will teach you in the audition. You do not need to prepare anything for the audition.


Auditions will be held on Wednesday September 18th from 5pm to 7pm, at the First Baptist Church, 309 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca NY 14850

If you are not available at that time, contact Emily Preston at to schedule an alternate audition appointment.



DCYS will rehearse once per week, from 5:45pm to 7pm on Wednesday evenings. The adult Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Chorus rehearses starting at 7:15, so there will be a few rehearsals per semester that go until 7:45pm, so that the youth singers can rehearse together with the adults.

Cost: FREE

Once admitted, all singers will participate in DCYS completely free of cost. We are generously supported by community foundations and private donors who believe in the transformative power of this important music.