Armenian Youth Choir (AYC) of Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Society was founded in 2008 in order to keep the young generation's taste & interest in classical, folk and contemporary qualified music alive.
The choir's founder and artistic director is Maestro ZakarKeshishian.
The choir has a multilingual playlist which extends from Armenian classical , contemporary and traditional- folk songs to modern non-Armenian repertoire.
These songs are performed in different ways:
- A capella
- Accompanied by the piano
- Accompanied by the Armenian folk traditional band
- Accompanied by a modern contemporary band.
Many Armenian musicians from Armenia enrich the choir's repertoire with their unique and creative works.
The choir members are composed of Armenian university students , as well as young Armenians in the work force.
The choir has given concerts in AUB's Assembly Hall, USJ's Saint Joseph Church, as well as concerts in Cyprus. In 2014 AYC participated to the «Beirut Chants» Festival.
Conductor, performer of duduk & Shvi (Folk wind instruments).
Born Anjar, Lebanon, Maestro Zakar Keshishian got his training in Folk Instruments and Choir Conducting at the Komtas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia. He completed his post-graduate studies with distinction, also in Yerevan, in 1996.
Keshishian has founded and conducted a number of choirs both in Lebanon and Armenia. A born pedagogue, he is beloved by the young singers of his children’s choirs and much respected by the members of the adult mixed choirs he has led. A firm believer in the magical properties of music in general and choir music in particular, Keshishian has guided many students both in war-torn Lebanon and in Armenia to the world of beauty and the art. Many of the members of his choirs, as well as many of his theory and wind instrument students at the National Conservatory of Lebanon or at the Armenian Ganatchian Music School (Lebanon) have embraced professional musicians’ careers.
He is the founder of several choirs: the Gakavig choir of the Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Society (1988); Dziadzan (1992); Varanda (1992) in the town of Shushi, Mountainous Karabakh (Artsakh); the Gargatch choir (1997) and the Ayc Armenian Youth Choir (2008), the latter two under the auspices of the Hamazkayin Educational and Cultural Society.