Young Artists and Faculty kick off the festival with a wiener roast and sing-through at Tombaugh Farm.

Young Artists and Faculty kick off the festival with a wiener roast and sing-through at Tombaugh Farm.


Who is eligible to participate?

Incoming high school freshmen through graduated seniors (as of June 2019) who excel in music and show a passion for the arts.

Is there a way for others to participate? 

Absolutely! No performance is complete without an audience. We will have free, public concerts on Monday, June 10th (evening PM TBD) Tuesday evening, June 11th (7-8:15 PM), Thursday evening, June 13th (7-8:30 PM), and Saturday afternoon, June 15th (3-4 PM). All of our events are free and open-to-the-public, hosted at Park Presbyterian Church in Streator, IL: 201 N Vermillion Street, SE corner of the City Park. 

If you would like to help out our organization in any way, or volunteer during the Summer Music Fest week, please contact us directly via email:

What types of in-kind donations are you seeking in 2019? 

Please view our 'Donate' page after April 1, 2019 for our full list of in-kind donations sought for next year’s festival.

What will my student's time commitment be during the week of June 10-15? 

Our training will encompass early afternoons through evenings: 

  • Monday, June 10: Noon - 8 PM*

  • Tuesday, June 11: 1 PM - 8 PM*

  • Wednesday, June 12: 1 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Thursday, June 13: 1 PM - 8 PM*

  • Friday, June 14: 1 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Saturday, June 15: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

*Dinner will be provided on these days

Additionally, we have added optional times for additional training from 12:30-1 PM Tuesday through Friday of our training week: On a first-come, first-serve basis, Young Artists can arrive early to work with a faculty member during this half hour period. This is a good time for an additional piano or voice lesson, rehearsal for a piece on which you’re working, or asking questions with our faculty members before our festival day starts in earnest at 1 PM.

What will my Young Artist student be learning during the week? 

Our faculty includes senior and junior faculty and guest lecturers who will be coaching students in vocal and choral techniques, along with music theory and musicianship. Additionally, we will have master classes, round-table discussions, and presentations covering other musical topics such as auditions, music education, conducting, movement, improvisation, and composition. 

Why are there auditions for enrollment? 

Auditions are a great way to present yourself and let us hear your voice and ask questions. Learning how to audition is a skill, and it takes practice in order to feel your most comfortable and confident. Every time you audition, it will feel easier and less intimidating. Therefore, having auditions is an important part of our training at 'Poco a Poco,' and it will give our faculty an idea of your skills while determining how you might best fit into our program. An accompanist will be provided, free of charge. Please bring a prepared vocal piece.

You can learn more about audition requirements at the “Auditions” link above.

When will my full tuition be due? 

Tuition will need to be paid in full by June 1st, 2018. A $40 deposit, which will go toward your tuition costs, will need to be made by May 1st in order to hold your student's spot in our training program.