Featuring Students with a Passion for Vocal and Choral Music

© Sandy Whisker of Sweet Memories Photography

© Sandy Whisker of Sweet Memories Photography

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. Next year's festival will take place June 10th-16th, 2018. Applications for our young artist training program will be available online, starting January 1st, 2018, with live auditions held in Streator, Illinois mid-March 2018. 


Performances are free and open to the public!

Learn more about our performances >>

Faculty Showcase Recital

7 PM on Tuesday, June 12

Student Showcase Recital

7 PM on Thursday, June 14

Community Concert

3 PM on Saturday, June 16

For Students Interested in Applying

Thanks for your interest! At this time, applications for the 2017 Poco a Poco Summer Music Fest have closed.

Applications for the 2018 festival (June 10-16, 2018) will be available online January 1, 2018. 

Music Fest Includes:

  • Over 25 hours of instruction in vocal and choral techniques
  • Exposure to highly-skilled performers and educators, representing five different states
  • Performance opportunities, including two free-and-open-to-the-public concerts
  • Additional opportunities to attend master classes, lectures, and round table discussions
  • Exploring new musical ideas and applications in a positive learning environment
  • Personalized attention for participants with a 2:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Camp t-shirt and photo, along with memories to last a lifetime

Eligible Musicians:

Incoming high school freshmen through graduated seniors

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