Featuring Students with a Passion for Vocal and Choral Music

 Young Artists Nathan Carmichael and Jessica Dolan sing the Papageno-Papagena duet from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

Young Artists Nathan Carmichael and Jessica Dolan sing the Papageno-Papagena duet from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

 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

Mark your calendars for 2019: 

Next year's festival will take place

June 9-15th, 2019 in Streator, Illinois

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. 

In 2018, we enrolled 29 Young Artists representing 12 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, conducting, movement, improvisation, pedagogy, composition and other electives, as well as various masterclasses and special performances. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 2.5 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 7 Junior Faculty members in 2018: college-aged musicians and young professionals, traveling from Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee. They supported our young artists in the Festival Choir as SATB section leaders, led sectional choral rehearsals, and gained 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)

Learn more about our performances >>

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.


2019 Faculty will be announced at a later date…

Click here to view a listing of past Faculty >>


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