Featuring Students with a Passion for Vocal and Choral Music

Young Artists and faculty perform “In the Good Old Summertime,” a piece co-written by Streator native Honey Boy Evans in celebration of Streator’s 150th anniversary.

Young Artists and faculty perform “In the Good Old Summertime,” a piece co-written by Streator native Honey Boy Evans in celebration of Streator’s 150th anniversary.

Young Artist Sadie Treest sings in a vocal master class with Mary Stucky.

Young Artist Sadie Treest sings in a vocal master class with Mary Stucky.

Summer Music Fest

June 9-15th, 2019 in Streator, Illinois

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Poco a Poco offers two levels of training and experience for young musicians throughout our week-long festival: A young artist program for incoming high school freshmen through graduated seniors (at the time of the Summer Music Fest), and Junior Faculty positions for college-aged musicians and young professionals. 

In 2019, we will enroll 35-40 Young Artists across the state of Illinois. Their core training will include voice lessons, vocal coachings, and choral rehearsals, with opportunities for private piano lessons and small group theory sessions. Additional electives are offered and have spanned topics of conducting, movement, improvisation, and pedagogy. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 3 students per 1 faculty member to ensure an intimate learning experience. All young artists sing in our Festival Choir.  It is not necessary, however, for voice to be your student's primary instrument in order to be involved. 

Junior Faculty members support our young artists in the Festival Choir as SATB section leaders, lead sectional choral rehearsals, and gain performance, instructional, and work experience, while also receiving continued training from our Senior Faculty members and Guest Lecturers. 

We are not an overnight festival: our training encompasses early afternoons through evenings. There is, on specific occasion, housing available to accepted out-of-state students for the festival week. Upon acceptance, logistics will be confirmed between our Executive Director Kate Tombaugh and the parent/guardian directly.


All Events are free and open to the public!

All events hosted at Park Presbyterian Church:

201 N Vermillion St, Streator, IL 61364 (SE corner of the City Park)

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Concerts in 2019: 

We will host four concerts in 2019, all free and open to the public, including our Faculty Concert, Student Showcase, and Community Concert. Monday’s concert will feature a guest ensemble.

More information to follow in spring 2019.



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