The Young Ambassadors are a song and dance performing group from Brigham Young University. Since their first international performance at world exposition 1970 in Osaka, Japan, they have performed throughout the United States and over 56 other nations. Their audiences have included the prime minister of India, the queen of Thailand, and the king and queen of Jordan. Live and televised appearances in major concert halls and impromptu performances in hospitals, orphanages, town squares and government palaces reach millions of people each year.
The Young Ambassadors company consists of 26 performers (13 men and 13 women), a 10 piece show band (keyboard, drums, guitar and bass guitar, etc.) and 9 technical personnel.
Prior to 1970 the group was known as Curtain Time USA. In the 1960s, their world tour stops included Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.
The Young Ambassadors was founded by Janie Thompson in 1970. “They have changed for the better — and better,” said Thompson. “The caliber of the students, their talent, hard work and training, have made them very successful.”
The group has been directed by Randall Boothe since 1978.
In 2012 the group released their ninth album, Harmony: The Music of Life and includes energetic tunes like Sing, Sing, Sing and Haven't Met You Yet. Additionally, the group was featured in the BYU Homecoming Spectacular. The Young Ambassadors preform annually at the BYU Winterfest held in February at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This tour history beings in 1970 and continues up to present day.
- 1970-1971 Japan (Osaka World Exposition)
- 1971-1972 California, Eastern United States, Germany, Netherlands
- 1972-1973 New Mexico, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, El Salvador
- 1973-1974 Midwestern United States, Southern California, South Africa
- 1974-1975 Northern California, Utah, Eastern United States
- 1975-1976 Alberta, Southern United States, Central United States
- 1976-1977 Arizona, Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland
- 1977-1978 New Mexico, Midwestern United States, Eastern United States, Montana, Wyoming, Russia, Poland
- 1978-1979 Arizona, Central Canada, Northern United States, Canada, Poland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Guam, Hawaii, California
- 1979-1980 New Mexico, Arizona, Hawaii, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Hong Kong, Southern United States, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka
- 1980-1981 Colorado, Wyoming, Northern California, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Romania (twice), Russia, Yugoslavia, Egypt, Greece
- 1981-1982 Northwest United States, Arizona, Southern California, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, New York, Tennessee World Exposition, San Diego, California (Holiday Bowl)
- 1982-1983 Utah, Southern California, Idaho, Washington, California (twice), Nevada, Japan, People's Republic of China, Republic of China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii
- 1983-1984 Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Southern California, Northeast United States, Southern United States, Louisiana World Exposition
- 1984-1985 Northern California, Southern California, Nevada, Yugoslavia, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Jerash
- 1985-1986 Nevada, Northern California, Montana, Alberta, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan, People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong
- 1986-1987 Arizona, Northeast United States, Canada
- 1987-1988 Northwest U.S., United Kingdom, Ireland
- 1988-1989 Northern California, Southeast United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic
- 1989-1990 Southern California, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway
- 1990-1991 New Mexico, Russia, Berlin, Germany
- 1991-1992 Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia,Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Berlin, Germany
- 1992-1993 Northern California, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
- 1993-1994 Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia
- 1994-1995 Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota
- 1995-1996 California, Vietnam, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Malaysia
- 1996-1997 Arizona, Morocco, Tunisia
- 1997-1998 Northern California, Nevada, South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana
- 1998-1999 Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand
- 1999-2000 Southern California, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia (U.S. State), Louisiana
- 2000-2001 Arizona, Far East Russia, Japan
- 2001-2002 Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Canada
- 2002-2003 California, Northern Nevada
- 2003-2004 Southern Nevada, California, Brazil, Argentina
- 2004-2005 Colorado, New Mexico, Hong Kong, China, South Korea
- 2005-2006 Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nauvoo, Illinois
- 2006-2007 Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, China
- 2007-2008 Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, California, Australia
- 2008-2009 New Mexico, Texas, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland
- 2011-2012 South Africa - Sparrows Nest AIDS Village
- 2012-2013 China - Shanghai, Hefei, Jinan, and Xi'an
- BYU News Release - Show tunes, love songs headline BYU Young Ambassadors' March 5-7 performance (Feb 2015)
- The Universe - Head Over Heels: Young Ambassadors explore the different faces of love in new show (14 Jan 2014)
- YNews - Young Ambassadors come full circle with performance stop in Xi'an, China (16 May 2013)
- The Universe - BYU students: Ambassadors throughout the world (16 April 2013)
- The Daily Herald - Perfect Date: A perfect 'Harmony' (14 Feb 2013)
- The Universe Young Ambassadors perform at the Conference Center (14 Feb 2013)
- The Daily Herald - Young Ambassadors negotiate showbiz accord (7 Feb 2013)
- LDS Church News - Winterfest delights audiences at the Conference Center (7 Feb 2013)
- The Daily Herald - Young Ambassadors kick off season with special debut in Orem (1 Nov 2012)
- The Universe - BYU Spectacular honors Maeser Building (9 Oct 2012)
- Y News - BYU performing groups serve throughout the world during summer tours (11 Sept 2012)
- The Deseret News - 'Harmony: The Music of Life' is a toe tappin' good time (31 Jan 2012)
- LDS Church News - BYU Winterfest at the LDS conference center (4 Jan 2012)
- The Daily Universe - Young Ambassadors perform, serve on tour (17 May 2011)
- The Daily Universe - Firesides add spirituality to Young Ambassadors’ many traveling performances (29 March 2011)
- The Daily Universe - Famed BYU performers prepare spring tour (29 March 2011)
- The Deseret News - Young Ambassadors premiere hyperenergetic show (21 March 2011)
- The Daily Universe - Young Ambassadors share talents in Midwest (23 June 2010)
- The Daily Universe - Young Ambassadors a hit at Carthage (23 June 2010)
- The Deseret News - Young Ambassadors, alumni get set to celebrate 40 years (6 February 2010)
- BYU News - BYU's Young Ambassadors celebrate 40th anniversary with concerts Feb. 11-13 (28 January 2010)
- BYU Magazine - Alumni Report: Bringing the Y Back to You (Fall 2005)
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