History of the PYC

The PYC is a community nonprofit children’s choir based in Bucks and Montgomery counties, Pennsylvania.  Founded in 1977, the PYC has provided an opportunity for musical excellence for over forty years.  Kelly Wyszomierski joined the leadership in 2015 and was appointed Artistic Director upon Ms. Finley’s retirement.  The choir performs a varied program of art music, international folk music in different languages, contemporary American music, and Broadway tunes.  The PYC has had the privilege of performing such major works as Carl Orff’s Camina Burana, Randall Thompson’s Place of the Blest, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (selections), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Britten’s St. Nicholas Cantata and A Ceremony of Carols.

In the past, the choir as performed in many historic venues, such as Carnegie Hall, New York; the American Museum of the Smithsonian, and the Senate Rotunda in Washington, D.C.; the Capital Rotunda in Madison, Wisconsin; Faneuil Hall and Old North Church, Boston, Massachusetts; Historic Williamsburg and Arlington Cemetery, Virginia; the United States Naval Academy Chapel, Annapolis, Maryland; Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland; Walt Disney World and Sea World, Orlando, Florida; Bass Hall, Froth Worth, Texas; York Minster and Gloucester Cathedral, England; and Parliament House, Ottawa, Canada. The PYC has perfomed in 26 states and six Canadian provinces, in the British Isles, and in Germany.  In June 2017, as part of PYC’s 40th Anniversary celebration, the touring ensemble from the Senior Choir performed at Disney World.  In recent years, the choir traveled to Canda and the Bahamas, performing on a cruise ship while en route.  The PYC has produced 16 CDs and performed 4 world premieres.  They can be heard singing the world premiere of Robert Maggio’s Rachel and Her Children on an Albany Records release entitled, “The Wishing Tree.”