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Community And Philanthropy Focused Virtual Season For Berks Youth Chorus

Story written by Amanda Svetlak

Aug 21, 2020

New Virtual Chorus Connects Young Singers With Causes And Charities Around The World

READING, PA – Chorus For Causes brings voices together to inspire and empower philanthropy and leadership in young singers. In this unique choir, singers in grades 5 through 12 will learn skills to confidently perform in a virtual choir setting, all while raising awareness and funds for local, national, and global causes. Online registration is open along with financial aid information on the Berks Youth Chorus (BYC) website.

In addition to improving their musicianship and vocal skills, singers will: learn about philanthropy, create fundraising goals for various charities and causes, learn to market and promote their performance fundraisers, track funds earned for charity, make new friends, and celebrate their vocal and philanthropic achievements together!

“Our goal is to invest energy into creating something truly special for kids this year and the idea of empowering them to use their voices to help others has us all very excited.” says Amanda Svetlak, Executive Director.

Throughout the year, virtual performances will be shared on Facebook and Instagram in the form of fundraisers, concerts, and watch parties with 50% of all virtual ticket proceeds going towards the charities and causes chosen by the singers. Berks Youth Chorus will host post-concert celebrations, inviting leaders of causes to attend and share with BYC singers how their voices have positively impacted change in their organizations, giving singers a true sense of the difference they can make in the world today.

Registration for Chorus For Causes is now open to all singers in Berks County and beyond, and this year’s season is broken into three 10-week seasons: fall, winter, and spring. Enrollment for the fall season closes on September 7th but enrollment for subsequent seasons will remain open to better accommodate the uncertain schedules of families as they navigate the school year during COVID-19. Dail Richie, BYC Board President says, “We want our students, and their families, to feel safe and to know that we are closely monitoring health guidelines from the state and from medical and science leaders.” Singing is still considered a high-risk activity for spreading the COVID-19 virus. For the safety of the singers, their families, and the audience, Chorus For Causes will remain virtual for the entirety of the school year.

BYC encourages all families in need or those who have felt the financial burden of COVID-19 to apply for financial aid upon registration. Questions about Chorus For Causes or other Berks Youth Chorus programs can be sent to [email protected]

Since 1992, Berks Youth Chorus has been dedicated to making its life-changing musical opportunities accessible to all children. With headquarters in Reading’s geographically accessible GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, and through community engagement projects, BYC Singers represent school districts, private schools and home schools throughout Berks County. The concert season is supported by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and Reading Musical Foundation.

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