Over the past season, more than 90 choir singers aged 7-18 participated in the four traditional choirs of Young People’s Chorus of Erie – Cantare, Concert Chorus, Young Men’s Chorus and Chorale.
Members of Young People’s Chorus of Erie’s advanced ensemble, Chorale, recently traveled to Chicago for the Choral Tour, a fitting conclusion to the college season. Twenty-four singers, aged 12 to 18, participated.
Marit Bakken, Production Manager for YPC Erie, provided an overview of the journey of this Penn State Behrend School of Humanities and Social Sciences outreach program.
The choristers had several musical opportunities during this tour. They attended a vocal clinic with Stephen Edwards, founder of Allegrezza Singers. They gave a full concert at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. And they performed before, during and after the noon service at First United Methodist Church, the Chicago temple.
The choristers also had other fun and educational opportunities during the tour, including tours of the Chicago Temple and trips to Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the Shedd Aquarium. The group enjoyed touring downtown and took a private tour of historic Wrigley Field, where they toured the Chicago Cubs dugout canoe and sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” from the press box.
“The Choir Tour is something that choristers really look forward to as it gives them a chance to share their gifts and talents with new audiences as they serve as Penn State Behrend ambassadors,” said the Executive Director. by YPC Erie, Alyson Amendola. She added, “We are always looking for opportunities that combine work with a professional choral music clinician as well as public performances and educational experiences.”
In previous years, the Young People’s Chorus of Erie visited Albany, New York; Columbus, Ohio; and Washington, DC
In the past season, over 90 backing vocalists ages 7-18 participated in YPC Erie’s four traditional choirs – Cantare, Concert Chorus, Young Men’s Chorus and Chorale.
The Youth Choral Music Program welcomes students interested in joining YPC Erie for the 2017-2018 season.
Public rehearsals are scheduled for late August and early September. For more information, contact the YPC Erie office at [email protected] or 898-6789.
At the Playhouse
At the performance of “Oklahoma” on Thursday, the Erie Playhouse will honor Linda Wingerter (née Troyer) with the Dr. Doris Snell Award, which honors those who dedicate themselves to the classroom and the Playhouse stage.
A long-time advocate for education, theater and the arts, Snell was the first recipient in 2011, followed by Judy Matthews, Bob Martin, Roberta Stoughton and Michael Malthaner.
Reminder: The Erie Playhouse Family Reunion Weekend is scheduled for July 28-30 at the Erie Playhouse & Ambassador Conference Center. Two big concerts and lots of family fun will mark the culmination of a year of EP 100th anniversary celebrations. Tickets for all events are on sale at the theater box office.
The invitations went out
Not to be confused with the term 401K is a new group at Mercyhurst University known as The 501. The numbers correspond to the university’s 501 mailing address on East 38th Street. The 501 is a new group being formed to support the fabulous programming of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture (MIAC).
The Institute invited family and friends of Mercyhurst to become the founders of this group and will honor them on Summer Soiree – an evening of food, fun and fanfare on campus.
Signature cocktails, gourmet appetizers, shows and tours are on the program for this invitation-only event on August 11 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The 501 membership package benefits include two premium seats for Bernadette Peters on September 28 and Lily Tomlin on November 7, with private pre-show receptions for each, and a voucher for two tickets to any other MIAC Live show, such as Keillor and Judy Collins Garrison.
Evening attendees will be split into separate groups and taken by bus and golf carts on tours of three locations: the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center (PAC), Walker Recital Hall, and Taylor Little Theater.
Mercyhurst President Michael Victor will serve as the host to greet guests. Rick Griffith will discuss the architecturally striking Performing Arts Center with perfect acoustics, where Ainsley Showalter will entertain with his magnificent voice. A surprise presentation is planned at the Taylor Little Theater. The evening will end with a large dessert buffet in the Weber Great Hall.
The Institute Advisory Board members who are planning the 501 Founders Group and the introductory party are Connie Boone-Manus, Betsy Frank, Susan Furr, Brett Johnson, Gary Maas and Cheryl Vicary.
In its current newsletter, Home Page, the Woman’s Club of Erie reprinted a congratulatory letter from the General Federation of Women’s Club Pennsylvania to President Judy Santone Husted.
He cited the 125th anniversary of the local organization’s historic clubhouse, the Galbraith Mansion. Save the date August 26. The upcoming celebration is shaping up to be something very special.
POSTSCRIPT: Life without idealism is really empty. We just have hope or we starve. – Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), American writer, missionary.
Meg Loncharic can be contacted at [email protected]