YOUNG AT ARTS is a performing arts educational organization dedicated to helping young people expand their horizons and build character through music, drama, and movement. We're in the business of building bridges between the young students of Westchester County. Children from different backgrounds and means are brought together in a collaborative environment with high expectations to learn skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. 


2005 - Year founded by Sharyn Pirtle and Father Michael Bird

33 - Percentage of students on scholarship

5 - Campuses in lower Westchester County

800 - Amount of students taught each year

5 - Faculty Grammy, Tony, and Emmy nominations

YAA faculty

have worked with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Renee Fleming, Luke James, DJ Mark Ronson, Bono and The Edge, Slim Thug, Ben Folds, Jill Scott, Hall & Oates, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar, Kanye West, Elle Varner, Mary J.Blige, George Michaels, Missy Elliot, Estelle, Ciara, Nikki Minaj, Destiny’s Child, 50 Cent, Marina Abramovic, Bruce Beresford, Werner Herzog, and many others.


have went on to receive full scholarships to NYU, Hunter College, and George Washington University, graduate college summa cum laude at the University of Colorado, publish poetry and prose, write award winning plays, performed 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 for audience members such as Tony Bennett, Jane Fonda, Martha Stewart, Billie Jean-King, Renee Fleming, Michael Bloomberg, Brian Stokes-Mitchell, Tituss Burgess, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, and Ambassadors of the United Nations.