Featuring Students with a Passion for Vocal and Choral Music
Summer Music Fest
June 10-16th, 2018 in Streator, Illinois
*Applications for 2018 are now closed. Thanks to all who applied!
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 or recent college graduates.
For our inaugural festival in 2017, we enrolled seventeen young artists representing eleven schools in the states of Illinois and Kentucky. Their training centered around voice lessons, vocal coachings, and choral rehearsals, with opportunities for private piano lessons, group guitar, conducting, and composition sessions, in addition to various masterclasses, and special performances. Our student-to-faculty ratio was 1.4 students per 1 faculty member. 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.
Poco a Poco additionally engaged four Junior Faculty members in 2017, from across Illinois and Indiana. They supported our young artists in the Festival Choir as SATB section leaders, led sectional choral rehearsals, and gained performance and instructional 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 are three concerts free and open to the public throughout the week. This year's festival will take place June 10th-16th, 2018.
Performances are free and open to the public!
5 PM on Tuesday, June 11, 2018
Community Choir Rehearsal
7 PM on Monday, June 11, 2018
Faculty Showcase Recital
7 PM on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Student Showcase Recital
7 PM on Thursday, June 14, 2018
3 PM on Saturday, June 16, 2018