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Bel Canto Youth Chorus offers virtual summer program

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is seeking motivated youth for its adapted Virtual Choral Village summer program running July 27 to 31 online.

Virtual Choral Village provides an opportunity for young people throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond to explore and process their stories of this past spring through music-making, conversing, drumming, improvising, and creating.

“These are such unusual times – even adults are struggling to know what to think,” said Artistic Director Joy Hirokaw. “Virtual Choral Village offers creative young people a chance to sort out what they are thinking and feeling about living through COVID-19, economic upheaval, and racial reckoning, using their artistic impulses. We are actively seeking young people from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances, knowing that connecting with others will help them to process their own experience.”

Dr. Hirokawa will lead the vocal and improvisational portions of the program. World drumming will be taught by artist, Joseph Tayoun. Tayoun is an accomplished Middle Eastern percussionist and teaches at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia. Jennie Gilrain, who teaches with Touchstone Theater, Lehigh University and the Bethlehem Area School District, will lead the youth in dialogue and community building.

The program is designed for youth entering grades seven through 12 in the fall and runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuition is $200 for the week. Limited need based scholarships are available.

For more information and to register, visit or contact 610-866-4382 x116 or email the program administrator at