Young People’s Chorus of Erie
In 2009, the late 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, a comprehensive youth choral music and outreach program of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend.
The mission of YPC Erie remains true to its origin: give every child in our community the opportunity of access to a quality music education. YPC Erie brings together young singers from all across Erie County. Since 2009, more than 1,100 students have benefited from the YPC Erie program. Currently, there are students from 30 different public, private and parochial schools participating in YPC Erie’s choirs.
It has been an amazing ten years filled with exciting community concerts, the honor of entertaining both a former President and our former 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, Vocalis, and Chorale. 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.