Monday, September 22, 2014

#WIT - Women Inspiring Tomorrow

Through the Women Inspiring Tomorrow Luncheon, YPC aimed to foster cross-generation relationships and mentoring between current YPC members, alumnae, and professional women.  Each participant was be able to connect with other women who have similar interests through conversation topics presented during the program.  All participants benefited from advice and guidance offered while building skills in networking, presentation and verbal communication. Here's what some participants had to say:

Current Choristers Networking with YPC Alumnae

"The experiences I had as a member of YPC—friendships, travel—have been critical to my development.  I have thought about the women who pulled me up.  Without them, it would not have been possible."
Eva McKend, YPC Alumna (2007) – Journalist, Time Warner Cable News, Hudson Valley

Eva McKend, Mistress of Ceremonies for the WIT Luncheon

Talking to these incredible women I met at WIT encouraged me. At the luncheon during a conversation I was told that once I’ve graduated college, it's not about the name of the university I attended, it's about the creative work experience that I've had. I was truly uplifted by these hard working women who have gone before me, and how they took the time to tell me things, especially advice they wish they had known! WIT is a fantastic place for both inspiration and encouragement to take hold in young women, and I believe for their mentors as well. Thank you WIT, for bringing us all together!  
Bethany Knapp, Concert Chorus, 16

YPC Seniors Modeling Professional Business Attire

YPC Choristers Mingling with WIT Pros Over Lunch

The WIT Luncheon was an absolutely amazing experience. As a senior applying to colleges, the future seems quite daunting at the moment, but listening to YPC alumnae and supporters tell their stories really reassured me that I can do great things because I am a woman, not in spite of it. I was able to see the wonderful support system YPC has given me, and I'm excited about the people I met, connections I made, and stories I will carry with me as I step out of high school and into the real world.
Laura Cottrell, Concert Chorus, 17

WIT Pros and Choristers Enjoying Gift Bags Provided by Lord & Taylor

The YPC alumnae participating in this event range from college freshmen to those in their late 20’s, who provided a wide range of experience to current choristers.  As alumnae we can really connect with them and learn from each other.  The WIT Pros are a select group of professional women:  alumnae, parents, and some new friends.  This is just the beginning of an extensive network of mentors who are becoming part of the YPC community. 

The choristers, Pros, and alumnae sat intermingled at each table, which was really special because these people who are all at different stages in their lives got to interact. At the end of the event, Elizabeth led us in "Give Us Hope", YPC's signature song. The choristers sang confidently, and encouraged the Pros (most of whom were not musicians) to join in- they were hesitant at first, but I think the enthusiasm with which the piece ended really spoke to the spirit of the event, which was to bring people together and create new experiences!

Dena Tasse-Winter, YPC Alumna (2004)

Associate Conductor, Elizabeth Nunez leading WIT in Give Us Hope

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

YPC at CME 2014: Part 4

YPC singers participate in an African dance and drumming workshop at CME 2014.

I had a great time on the Ithaca trip! It was awesome getting to see the different ways there are to conduct and how it really affects the sound of a chorus. I also had a great time outside of rehearsal--my home stay was very nice and I loved the people I stayed with. This was my first year with YPC and it has been a fantastic experience. I have made life-long friends in such a short period of time. The trip to Ithaca also was a great time to meet new people, I made a lot of new friends and became closer with the ones I already had. I really feel like I'm part of a second family and I'm so happy I joined the chorus this year!

Annie (14 years old), Cantare Chorister

Monday, July 14, 2014

YPC at CME 2014: Part 3

CME Director Dr. Janet Galván leads the combined choirs in warm up exercises while workshop participants observe.

"This is my second year going on the trip to Ithaca, and both years have been great experiences. It's a wonderful trip because I always meet new people, both from Ithaca and YPC. It is always interesting to see teachers improving their conducting skills in the workshop and to view things from their perspective. Of course, it is also fun having a combined chorus with ICC, the Lee’s Summit Youth Chorale, and YPC!"

Johnathan (14 years old), Cantare Chorister