Wednesday, October 29, 2014

YPC Fall Retreat to Camp Jewell!

Camp Jewell was a fantastic place to be.  It had many wonderful places and activities.  At the rehearsals we learned from our terrific conductors; and the food and the cabins were nice.  My favorite activity was archery (besides eating the food).  We did a sunrise hike on Sunday morning, bright and early at 7AM and the foliage was beautiful.  I made a lot of new friends. I liked spending time with my chorus friends during this trip. I'm really glad to be a part of YPC, and I'm looking forward to performing with my new friends in the upcoming concert!
Sheldon, 8, Prelude

This is my 3rd YPC retreat with the Prelude Chorus. Camp Jewel is an amazing place. Even though we only stayed for one night, we did a lot of activities. For example, I enjoyed the pretzel making because I love to cook. It's a great way for the choristers to get to know each other, especially for people new to YPC. During the scavenger hunt, they put you into teams with children from each group and you have to work together to get all the clues. Another one of my favorite activities was the bonfire. On the way to the bonfire, I picked up a stick and made s'mores with my friends, conductors and my dad, who joined as a chaperone. I did not want to leave and I begged my dad to stay. Also I was the flag bearer and I got to take the flag home to remember this awesome weekend!!!

Zubin, 9, Prelude

When you're at Camp Jewell you love your new friends. When everyone sang together it was really beautiful. I figured out I was in a great choir when I got to there.

Oliver, 9, Prelude

I think the best activity at Camp Jewell was the talent show. I was cheered on by my friends, while my friends were cheered on by me. There were all sorts of performances, piano, cello solos, guitars, magic tricks, singing and even a skit (basically any kind of talent you could think of.) At the end we even had a dance party!

Gary, 10, Intermezzo

 I really enjoyed rehearsing, because we learned more about rhythm, and composition. One of my favorite group activities was archery, because although I have been on camping trips with my school, archery at Camp Jewell was different. It was more relaxing, and nobody made fun of anyone who missed the target, which made me feel really good about being at camp with this group of people. It was a very supportive community, especially during the talent show. When I played "Forget You" on the piano, the audience even sang along. Camp Jewell was an amazing experience, where I bonded with new people, and got to share my creative spirit. I am so glad that I am involved in a group like YPC!
 Adedayo, 10, Intermezzo

My name is Anna, I’m in Intermezzo, and it’s my first year in YPC. On our overnight trip to Camp Jewel, we did many activities such as pretzel making, archery, roasting s’mores, leather crafts, climbing on the climbing wall, a sunrise hike, indoor games, a scavenger hunt, and of course, rehearsal! Although every activity we did there was fun, my favorite was the scavenger hunt. We would race through the camp, collecting clues to find our way to the final destination (the busses back to the city). I liked this activity over the others, because it was a great way to work as a team, and make new friends and bonds at the same time. It was a great way to finish our time there, and I look forward to going there again!

Anna, 12, Intermezzo

I was so glad I went to the Camp Jewell retreat.  There's nothing like spending 2 days in nature to get to know new people.  Being new to the YPC family, I felt immediately welcomed by all the conductors, staff, and other parents.  And my favorite part: we parents even got to sing!  The camp itself was great, but the experience was rich, because of all the talented people in the group.  And of course this was a great way for my son (new to YPC) to get to know his fellow choristers.  I was most impressed with how the older children and all the conductors are really incredible mentors and role models.  I had the chance to make new friends myself, and look forward to participating in future YPC events as a part of the family.  A heart-felt thanks to the conductors and staff for making this weekend happen!
Chris, Parent Chaperone, Prelude 

It was thrilling to have an opportunity to watch Francisco's teaching style: something wonderful was offered for any style of learner. In one exercise, I sat with a child who told me "but... I don't write music," yet in this environment, when I responded with, "apparently today you do" he simply accepted this and went on to complete a great learning exercise.  More exciting yet was the support the chorus members offer each other - without question it's a safe space to explore artistic interests, performance abilities and life.  For a family new to YPC the camp provided a very comfortable way for us to make a nucleus of friends in a powerfully artistic and interesting group of people!

Ann, Parent Chaperone, Prelude

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