YPC Erie to Hold Summer Choir Camp

The Young People’s Chorus of Erie will hold its annual Summer Choir Camp on Monday, August 4 through Friday, August 8.

The camp, which will be held at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, 134 West Seventh Street, focuses on developing singers’ voices through interactive workshops and expert instruction. The day camp is open to all children, ages 7 to 13, and it meets from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with morning drop-off at 8:30 a.m.

The cost is $150, or $130 for current Young People’s Chorus of Erie choristers. There is a sibling discount of $15 for each camper, and financial assistance may be available. The fee covers music instruction, activities, snacks, supplies, and a camp T-shirt.

The program includes fast-paced choral rehearsals and age-appropriate music theory classes geared to beginning/intermediate singers and those new to singing in a choir. On Friday, the campers perform an informal concert, which parents and family members are invited to attend.

Camp registrations are due Friday, July 18. Space is limited in the camp, so interested participants are encouraged to register soon. It is not necessary to be a member of YPC Erie to attend.

YPC Erie is northwest Pennsylvania’s only comprehensive youth choral music program and an outreach program of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend. The organization dates back to 2009 when local businessman Howard Lincoln and the former director of choral activities at Penn State Behrend recognized a need for young people in the Erie community to have opportunities to further their personal and creative talents and appreciation for the arts.

The mission of YPC Erie today remains true to its origin: give every child in the community the opportunity to further their personal and artistic growth and help foster cross-cultural understanding. With an emphasis on diversity, YPC Erie brings together young singers from across Erie County. Since 2009, more than 1,000 students from more than 40 different public, private, and parochial schools have benefitted from the YPC Erie program — currently, more than 100 choristers participate in YPC Erie’s choirs.

For additional information on YPC Erie or Summer Choir Camp, phone the YPC Erie office at 814-898-6789 or email ama36@psu.edu.