Thursday, August 4, 2016

Summer Tour Reflections

Written by YPC Chorister Adonis, Age 16

For anyone going on their first tour, I would tell them to keep a positive attitude. We work really hard, and sometimes it's intense, but the journey is well worth it to reach the destination. The key to a successful tour is to have fun, and not let little things get under your skin. Everyone on staff and in the chorus wants the best for all of us.

Summer 2016 has been such a memorable tour. The rehearsal process and concerts have been intense, with full day rehearsals complete with choreography, to prepare us for multiple performances and activities per day while on the road.  But it has all been worth it - exiting the stage with full certainty that you have done a good job is the greatest, most fulfilling feeling.


Seeing my fellow choristers cry tears of joy after our concert at the Paramount Theatre in Austin is a sensation I'll never forget. It feels amazing to work so hard on one thing, putting all of your passion and energy into it, and then getting to experience such an incredible finale.

YPC Hits the KUTX Airwaves

Written by YPC Chorister Spencer, Age 18

We carefully took our places in the KUTX Austin studio, navigating webs of aux cords and other wires for broadcast. The radio staff continued to go about their business until we began singing - I vividly remember the surprised expression on the sound technician’s face as he realized, “Wow, they know what they are doing.” At YPC, artistic excellence and professionalism are the norm, and it’s easy to forget that these traits are not often expected of performers our age.

The goals of YPC’s KUTX radio appearance were to introduce the community to our music, and to spread the word about our performance at the Paramount Theatre that evening. With the motivation of inspiring listeners to join us at the Paramount, we looked past the early hour reflected on our watches and dug deep into ourselves to produce an extraordinary sound.  A sound that I felt proud to help produce, and proud to have represent our organization to these new listeners.