Founded in 1993 and comprised of treble singers, The Bel Canto Youth Chorus has developed an international reputation for performing diversified choral repertoire at the highest standard of musical excellence and style.
For the upcoming 2022-2023, we celebrate 30 years of sharing youth choral tradition with the Lehigh Valley community. We have an exciting year planned, as we explore the musical roots of our chorus and singers alike, and see how they branch out in their musical growth. We invite you to join us for every step of the way!
Holding Auditions Until January 15th!
The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem is holding auditions until January 15th for its spring term. The choir is open to children and teens ages 7-18; with the preparatory chorus (ages 7-12) and the concert chorus (ages 12-18).
Choristers who audition have the opportunity to perform, travel, develop vocal technique, network with other musicians, and be part of a community of people who are passionate about singing. Tuition scholarships are available.
Resources for Area Choral Music Directors
In-service Programs for Your School or Faith-based choir
Looking for a clinician for an in-service program focused on your needs as choral music educators? Dr. Hirokawa has presented workshops, clinics, and conference sessions extensively across the country.
Looking for research to support your program? Whether it’s the latest on performing in the time of Covid-19 or the percentage of choral singers who engage more in civic activities, we can help you find the information you need.
Please get in touch with us!
Bel Canto has close to 800 titles in our library housed in Easton, PA primarily treble music of a wide variety of styles, genres, and difficulty levels. We typically hold these Open Houses several times during the year when Bel Canto conductors are present to be resources. Any area teacher can stop in to peruse scores, get recommendations for music, and read through pieces in which they are interested. Interested in a Professional Development day for your district? Please contact us to arrange a time!
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Stand Up Film
Click here to view the film on our YouTube channel
The Bel Canto Youth Chorus has spent the last year, rehearsing, studying, recording and editing its first ever full-length concert video:
Combining traditional African American spirituals and chorales of J.S.Bach with the spoken word of poetry, the Youth Chorus will present this program recorded in Allentown, Bethlehem, Freemansburg, New Hope, and Quakertown.
This film tells a story of Survival. Endurance. Strength. Resilience. Dignity. Bravery. Hope…qualities that inspire us and that we all need in this confusing world. We have much to learn as we give voice to this story.
Guest artists include Camille Armstrong, Dashon Burton, Grace Spruiel, Craig Thatcher, and Dierdre Van Walters.
Through music, storytelling, and dialogue, this film:
- develops an understanding of the story of enslaved people escaping to freedom on the Underground Railroad in the mid-19th century
- encourages a greater self-awareness regarding issues of race and equity, leading to a greater understanding of our communities and our world
- features repertoire written or arranged almost exclusively by African-American composers.
In a year that has challenged so many youth education programs, the film offers people a way to hear the power of these young voices while seeing our local landscape in a new way.
The Bel Canto Family
A shared love of singing and each other.
Chamber Choir performs The National Anthem, August 22, 2019 at Coca-Cola Park.
We’ll return to the park on August 25th, 2021 – PLAY BALL!