Reading, PA – Berks Youth Chorus (BYC) proudly announces the appointment of James K. Wilson as Director of Chorale. Mr. Wilson had served as Interim Director of Chorale since May 2017.
Mr. Wilson first began his work with Berks Youth Chorus [then Berks Classical Children’s Chorus] as a Staff Assistant in 1992, the chorus’s founding year. He also served the chorus as Director of Chorale from 1997 to 2003.
Mr. Wilson was a 1990 nominee for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year. In June 2017, he retired from Schuylkill Elementary School in the Phoenixville Area School District near Valley Forge, PA, where he taught for 36 years.
Mr. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Music degree in Music Education from West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania. He earned a Master of Music degree in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He has received certification in Kodály musicianship and methodology.
BYC is a premier choral ensemble that offers high quality vocal instruction for children and youth in grades three through twelve who want to learn to sing – or just sing better. Members enjoy the company of dozens of singers from throughout Berks County and beyond. They perform classical, musical theater, and world music under the guidance of professional musicians, study vocal technique, and learn sight singing, study skills and music theory.
The concert season is supported by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and Reading Musical Foundation.