Poco a Poco definition


"Poco a Poco is a week-long intensive and interactive vocal music training institute, created to bring top quality instruction and concert opportunities to high school students and the greater community. " 


The Poco a Poco Festival exists to make high-quality arts opportunities, performances, and advanced music education accessible and encourage young talent. This annual, week-long 'Summer Music Fest' for young musicians in central Illinois is inspired by the Italian musical term, poco a poco, because consistent and steady dedication to a skill can spur tremendous growth. Through instruction and guidance, Poco a Poco hopes to instill a life-long love for music and the arts in young musicians.

Additionally, through our free and open-to-the-public outreach concerts, we hope to engage arts lovers of all ages in Streator and its surrounding areas. 



Founded by Streator native and Executive Director Kate Tombaugh,

Poco a Poco is made up of passionate musicians, educators, and fine arts-lovers. 



Kathy Tombaugh, President

Jean Drendel, Vice President

Gavin Finefield, Secretary

Katie Thompson, Treasurer

Scot Wrighton

Cara Luckey

Jenny Suydam

Robert Mangialardi