What a busy choir year we had! Highlights included:
Tour to the Sing A Mile High Festival in Denver, CO
World premiere of Geoff Hudson’s A Passion for the Planet
Twentieth Anniversary Concert with 3 newly commissioned works
St. Matthew Passion at the UMass Bach Festival
Singing with the Sweetback Sisters at the Academy of Music
Benefit concerts for the Toy Fund and Amherst A Better Chance
Annual concert at Abbey Chapel with Hampshire Choral Society
Retreat, Big Sing festival and Outreach Tour
We accepted new singers in June and look forward to bringing in more new members at the August 29th auditions!
Here's an overview of our 2017-2018 performance season:
Chamber Singers Concert with Moriah Chamber Choir
Abbey Chapel Concert with Hampshire Choral Society
Hansel & Gretel with UMASS Opera Workshop
Local Outreach Tour to schools and Northampton Senior Center
Annual Spring Concert
Chamber Singers/Hurricane Singers Concert
At our Spring Concert we bid farewell to our longtime accompanist, Joyce Crouch, who retired after 19 years!
In other news:
In September we’re launching a brand new mixed-choir High School Division, under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Paparo.
YPC received an Alfred Nash Patterson Grant from Choral Arts New England (CANE) for a Twentieth Anniversary Commissioning Project! Three local composers will write new works for us, which will be premiered in spring of 2019.
YPC Chamber Singers and High School Division will travel to Denver, CO in June of 2019 to participate in the Sing A Mile High Children's Choral Festival!
We welcome our new accompanist, Triin Vallaste!
We’re looking forward to our Twentieth Anniversary Year!
We’ve wrapped up another very full choir season! Highlights for this year included:
Concert at Abbey Chapel
Advent service at South Church
Valley Light Opera’s Hansel & Gretel at First Night
Panopera’s Carmen at the Academy of Music
Collaboration with the Valley Winds
Big Sing West
Spring Concert w/ the University Chorale
Collaboration with Novi Cantori & NMH choirs
We look forward to auditions next week, where we’ll meet the newest members of YPC!
Our season is in full swing!
We welcomed many new singers to YPC this year and have started learning lots of new repertoire. It’s an amazing process watching these ensembles take shape each fall!
Last week the Chamber Singers had their annual overnight choir retreat at Woolman Hill. They learned a lot from working with our guest clinician, Mallorie Chernin, Director of Choral Activities at Amherst College. And of course they enjoyed the meals, the hiking, playing cards, making art, and hanging out with friends.
We’re looking forward to our first concert of the season with Hampshire Choral Society at Abbey Chapel this Sunday. In December our Chamber Singers will sing at an Advent service at South Church and our Concert Choir will participate in the Valley Light Opera’s production of Hansel & Gretel at First Night.
Looking ahead to 2017, we’ll be collaborating with Panopera, the Valley Winds, the Umass Chorale and Novi Cantori. Check out our calendar for a full listing of events.
What a busy season we’ve had! We’ve just returned from our Chamber Singers tour to New Jersey and New York. We partnered with two wonderful organizations – the New Jersey Youth Chorus Sola Voce Choir and the Grace Episcopal Church Youth Choir (Madison NJ). We enjoyed a combined concert, a music literacy workshop with Fred Meads from the American Boychoir, a trip to Broadway to see Matilda the Musical, and participation in a beautiful Sunday service at Grace. Other highlights of the year include:
Veteran’s Day Retreat with guest clinician
Annual concert at Abbey Chapel w/ Hampshire Choral Society
Singing with The Sweetback Sisters at The Academy of Music
Concert Choir Local Outreach Tour
Eric Carle Museum Concert
Big Sing Choir Festival
Spring Concert at South Church