Young at Arts is a performing arts educational organization dedicated to helping young people expand their horizons and build character, compassion and commitment through music, drama and movement.

We're teaching the leaders of tomorrow by building bridges between students from all over Westchester County, the Bronx and beyond. In our increasingly interconnected world, these bridges reflect a philosophy that art, in its most vibrant form, flourishes with diversity.


2005 - Year founded by Sharyn Pirtle

33 - Percentage of students on scholarship

5 - Campuses in lower Westchester County

800 - Number of students taught each year

5 - Faculty Grammy, Tony, and Emmy nominations

YAA faculty

have worked with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Renée Fleming, Luke James, DJ Mark Ronson, Bono and The Edge, Slim Thug, Harry Connick Jr, Ben Folds, Jill Scott, Hall & Oates, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar, Kanye West, Elle Varner, Tom Ford, Mary J.Blige, George Michael, Missy Elliot, Estelle, Ciara, Nikki Minaj, Destiny’s Child, 50 Cent, Marina Abramovic, Bruce Beresford, Werner Herzog, Renata Scotto, Catherine Malfitano, Christoph Eschenbach, Patrick Summers, and many others.


have received full scholarships to NYU, Hunter College, and George Washington University, study musical theater at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Oklahoma City University, St. Olaf's, and have graduated from University of Colorado, Sarah Lawrence, UCONN, SUNY Purchase and more.

publish poetry and prose, write award winning plays, perform in regional theatre and theatre festivals, and return as faculty to further the mission of Young at Arts.

have performed at Lincoln Center, St. John the Divine, the Anaheim Convention Center, various local churches and community gatherings, the Yale Club, HSPVA in Houston, and the United Nations with artists such as Tony Bennett, Jane FondaBrian Stokes-MitchellTituss Burgess, for audience members Billy Jean King, Martha Stewart, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr.Muhammad Yunus, Michael Bloomberg, and Ambassadors of the United Nations.