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Welcome Parents and Supporters of The Bel Canto Youth Chorus.

The 2021-22 Handbook may be accessed by clicking on the Title Page below:

Tuition, Fees and Payment

Please go to the Bel Canto home page for details.

To make payments by credit card, please click here.


Primary Information (Rehearsals and Contact)

Shorthand for the Choir Groups
(CC) Concert Choir
(Int) Intermediate Choir
(Prep) Preparatory Choir

The administration office is located in the Bach Choir of Bethlehem office
440 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem, PA 18018 MAP


Founder & Artistic Director, Dr. Joy Hirokawa

Collaborative Pianist, Andrea Berntsen

Concert Choir Parent Coordinator, Janice Lee and cell, 570-977-4602

Director of the Preparatory Choir, Elizabeth Kane
cell (609) 610-4364

Parent Auxiliary Chair, Elizabeth Campbell and cell (480) 619-0839

Main Website:
YouTube: link here 
Facebook: Bel Canto has a personal profile. “Friend the Fish
Main Page:  The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
AND       Bel Canto Family Group:  Bel Canto Families
Twitter @belcantoPA
Instagram @bcycofbach

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook Page –
YouTube Channel – Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Twitter – @bethlehembach
Instagram – @bethlehembach

Concert Choir Rehearsals are Thursdays from 6:45PM – 8:45PM @ First Presbyterian Church
of Bethlehem. 2344 Center St, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Preparatory Choir Rehearsals are Mondays from 6:30PM – 8:00PM @ The Bach Choir Office. 440 Heckewelder Pl, Bethlehem, PA 18018

If your child is sick or there is a scheduling conflict, please notify the appropriate parent coordinator, the director, and Silagh White as soon as possible.

Cancellation Policy

Winter Weather Closure Policy and Procedures
You will be informed via E-MAIL and TEXT if a rehearsal is canceled. Please keep a lookout for communication from Bel Canto on your rehearsal day during the snowy season. Cancellation announcements will be made by 1:00 in most cases.

We recognize that our families come from a distance and that conditions vary widely across the region. While we urge everyone to make an effort to be at the rehearsal, your safety is most important. Please report any weather-related lateness or absence to your parent choir coordinator or Silagh White. Considerations for cancellation are as follows:

  • Bel Canto will determine if a rehearsal will be canceled. Local conditions, as well as the evening outlook,  will be considered.
  • We will notify all parents by 3pm if rehearsal is canceled.
  • Decisions about rehearsals w/ host ensembles (Bach Choir) will be made by the host.

Concert Uniform Information

General Appearance for all choristers

Hair must be off the face. Girls should try to incorporate some sort of braid. ​
Prep Choir
No make-up, No jewelry, No nail polish
Concert Choir
Neutral make-up, No jewelry except small stud earrings, Neutral nail polish


Burgundy Polo

All choristers must purchase a burgundy polo shirt.
Short sleeve, buttons, new Bel Canto Youth Chorus Logo
$18.00 ​Ordered through Bel Canto Administrator.

Prep & Intermediate Choir

In addition to the polo shirt, each chorister must have a pair of dress black pants. (No skinny black or leggings.) Recommended style – Lands’ End Boys Iron Knee Elastic Waist Blend Chinos. Use this link to order:
*Be sure to select BLACK as the color.
Black belt with simple buckle.
Shoes – any all-black, soft-soled, flat dress shoes; can be tied or MaryJanes – as plain as possible.
Socks – black trouser socks that cover all skin that might show below pants.

Concert Choir Only

Touring Uniform

A list of any required uniform purchases for Concert Choir’s 2022 summer trip will be distributed well in advance of any trips. Any questions regarding uniforms should be directed to the Chorus Administrator.

Summer Travel Information

2022 Domestic Tour to multiple destinations in New York. Collaborative performance with the two youth choirs from Maryland and Delaware.

Harriet Tubman House
Auburn, NY

The October 9, 2021 Parent Meeting will present details of our next life-changing touring experience.