The Eastern Area Youth Chorale is a non- profit community organization that pulls its members from the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently, we have members from the Gateway, Franklin Regional, Kiski, Pine Richland, Penn Hills, Plum, Squirrel Hill and Riverview school districts. The organization is made up of three choirs. The first is a training choir, Prelude, which meets annually from February through May and gives third- sixth graders an opportunity to learn to read music and learn proper singing technique. After a satisfactory completion of Prelude, members can audition for the primary choir, nicknamed EAYC. These students are in the fourth – ninth grade. Those who show commitment, can continue with the organization and become members of the Senior Select Ensemble, normally from ninth- twelfth grade. Vocal camp is held in June to give basic instruction to those community members that enjoy singing and are in 2nd- 6th grade. If interested, camp members could also be invited to enter EAYC in the fall.
Formed to complement existing school music programs, the EAYC experience provides members with the opportunity to receive professional training specifically designed for their age group. Emphasis is placed on developing healthy vocal technique, individual responsibility and discipline, and exposure to quality choral literature in the weekly choral rehearsal and vocal class. A touring choir annually travels to perform and has visited Philadelphia, Toronto, Kentucky, Tennessee, Boston, Vermont, Niagara Falls, Disney and New York City. In 1997, the choir took a memorable trip across our country to Phoenix to represent the eastern US in an International Festival with many other choirs from various countries. We have also done festivals in Niagara and Toronto. In the summers of 2000 and 2005, the choir traveled to England, Switzerland, Germany and Austria enjoying sightseeing and performing in some beautiful places. During the 2005 trip, we were fortunate to sing for Mass at the Vatican in Rome and as part of the International Choir Festival in Salzburg, Austria.