In 2009, local business leader Howard Lincoln and Penn State Behrend’s former director of choral activities collaborated on an idea. They recognized a great need for young people in our community to have an opportunity to further their personal and creative talents and develop their cross-cultural understanding and appreciation—and knew that music was the way.
Mr. Lincoln’s vision helped launch The Young People’s Chorus of Erie, northwest Pennsylvania’s only comprehensive youth choral music program and a youth outreach program of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend.
The mission of YPC Erie today remains true to its origin: give every child in our community the opportunity to further their personal and artistic growth and to foster cross-cultural understanding. With an emphasis on diversity, YPC Erie brings together young singers from all across Erie County. Since 2009, more than 1,000 students from over 37 different public, private and parochial schools have benefited from the YPC Erie program—currently, more than 100 choristers are participating in YPC Erie’s choirs.
It has been an amazing several years filled with exciting community concerts, the honor of entertaining both a former President and our current Governor and performances at renowned venues such as the United States Capitol, Pennsylvania State Capitol, and the Warner Theatre.
YPC Erie’s mission is to reach children in the community who have a passion for singing. YPC Erie has four traditional choirs, Cantare (training choir), Concert Chorus, Young Men’s Ensemble and Chorale, and four satellite choirs at the Bethesda Trinity Center, Sisters of Saint Joseph Neighborhood Network, Wayne School and the Barber National Institute. For many families, tuition and travel are two major obstacles that keep children from participating in art and music programs. YPC Erie provides music instruction to the satellite choir students’ onsite, at the respective organizations. And, YPC Erie offers music instruction to any child who wishes to participate regardless of socioeconomic background.
It is a privilege to teach children music and watch them blossom as individuals and as an ensemble.
Every child has a voice—it is our job to help them share it.
Young People’s Chorus of Erie
A youth outreach program of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Penn State Behrend
4213 Station Road
Logan Carriage House
Erie, PA 16563
For information about YPC Erie, please email Alyson M. Amendola, executive director.