Hilbert gift to help more young people find their voices

Bill and Martha Hilbert with YPC choristers.

Bill and Martha Hilbert with YPC choristers.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

In 2009, the Young People’s Chorus of Erie was founded with the mission that every child should have the opportunity to further his or her personal and artistic growth. Today, that mission continues to resonate, especially with Martha and Bill Hilbert.

“Music is such a valuable teaching tool, especially with children,” Martha Hilbert said. “It offers a sense of achievement while also helping to build imagination and creativity. YPC Erie helps young people, no matter what their socioeconomic circumstance, find their voice, making them more confident and positioning them for future success.”

The Hilberts recently affirmed their commitment to music education by making a $300,000 gift to YPC, a youth outreach program of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend. The gift will provide tuition assistance to a greater number of students and help cover the cost of other needs such as uniforms, sheet music, and instruments.

“YPC’s mission is an easy one to support, and we hope that others recognize that and consider giving as well,” Bill Hilbert said.

The Hilberts have long been supporters of Penn State Behrend. Bill, the chairman of the board of PHB Corp. and Reddog Industries, Inc., is a member of the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows.