Young People's Chorus of Erie to tour Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C.

The Young People's Chorus (YPC) of Erie is taking its show on the road!

Thirty-eight members of YPC Erie’s Concert Chorus and Young Men’s Chorus depart Monday, June 13, on a weeklong tour of Pennsylvania. Their first public performance takes place that evening at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood in Pittsburgh; the next evening they will sing in the Esber Recital Hall on Penn State’s University Park campus, also at 7 p.m..

On Wednesday, June 15, the choirs mix work and play at 11 a.m. when they perform for legislators and visitors in the Main Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, and again at 2:30 p.m. for visitors at Hersheypark, followed by free time for riding and sliding.

The following day, the choirs cross the Mason-Dixon Line to perform at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. They return to Pennsylvania for a 7 p.m. performance on Saturday, June 18, at Philadelphia’s First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne. Their final public performance takes place on at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, in the Marian Chapel at Marywood University in Scranton.

In addition to the public performances, the choirs also will attend a master class with Frank Albinder, conductor of the Washington, D.C., Men’s Camerata, and give a private performance for patients and families at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

The Concert Chorus and Young Men’s Chorus perform under the direction of Jason Bishop, director of choral activities at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and founder and artistic director of YPC Erie. YPC Erie is a youth outreach organization of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Behrend and the first affiliate of the famed Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

The choristers making the tour range in age from 11 to 18, and represent 27 schools in Erie County. “This tour is a great opportunity to show the state what YPC Erie is all about,” Bishop said. “Our choristers will dazzle audiences from the state’s capitol to the nation’s capitol and beyond. They’ve worked hard, so I know they will make Erie proud.”

The choirs’ tour repertoire of traditional and contemporary pieces includes works by Claude Debussy, Jim Papoulis, Gabriela Lena Frank, Mitch Leigh, Gustav Holst, Rollo Dilworth and Paul Simon. For additional information about YPC Erie or their public tour performances, visit


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Last Updated May 25, 2011