YPCC is an innovative choral ensemble that combines Cincinnati's love of singing, socializing, and culture for young professionals ages 21-45. YPCC is comprised of more than 1,200 singers who create and share high-quality music in an accessible, fun, and social way.
For YPCC members, this isn't just a choir. It's a tribe. Family. We'll do anything for each other. If this group means something to you, or to someone you know or love, please support our annual campaign.
MAKE YOUR DONATION
In its seventh season,YPCC will sing stories that need to be told, reconnect audiences with beloved tales, and dig deeper into legendary texts and characters.
Be part of our story as our season culminates with the performance of a world-premiere commission at the newly-reopened Cincinnati Museum Center as well as on the famed Carnegie Hall stage in New York City.
Check out some of our previous performances!
For YPCC members, this isn't just a choir. It's a tribe. Family. We'll do anything for each other. If this group means something to you, or to someone you know or love, please support our annual campaign.
MAKE YOUR DONATION
• A $25 donation provides music for one singer for one concert cycle
• A $50 donation pays for gas & parking for one of our YPCC holiday caroling quartets who sing at more than 40 events in over 3 states during the holiday season
• A $100 donation covers one piano tuning
• A $250 donation allows us to host YPCC On Call rehearsals (approximately 65 singers)
• A $500 donation pays for our infamous season listing beer coasters
• A $1,000 donation pays for exciting artistic collaborations like those with Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Collegium Cincinnati, Cincinnati Opera and more!
YPCC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit supported by local businesses and foundations, ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council and the individuals listed below:
Diamond Level ($1,000+)
Steve & Dana Soper
Cathie & Doug Ridenour
Platinum Level ($500+)
Jenni & Michael Stadtmiller
Kimberly & Ian Soper
Gold Level ($250+)
Duke Energy Foundation
Michael & Stephanie Schappacher
Susan & Michael Eanes
Silver Level ($100+)
JoAnn & Eugene Nelson
Mary Ann & Gil Stadtmiller
Mr. & Mrs. Steven M. Krekeler
Sonya Tang Girdwood
Bronze Level ($50+)
Amy & Christopher Kiradjieff
Ben & Melody Forry
Elaine & Tom Rasp
Paula M Williams
Friend Level ($10+)
Elisa De Len Farias
Maureen & John Donahue
Interested in booking the hottest choral group in town for your event? This choir is for hire! Whether you are looking for a small ensemble, a big, bold choir, or an octet of carolers for your holiday function, YPCC is available to make your event special. Fill out this form and we'll be in touch to arrange all the details!
Do you love to sing? Did you sing in high school/college/church and miss the music-making, the friendships, the fun and the community of a choir? Do you want to get more involved in Cincinnati arts scene? Do you want to find new friends to go with you to all the new bars and restaurants in OTR & Downtown Cincinnati? Do you want to sing in a choir but can't commit to a full-year weekly schedule? Then check us out!
The Young Professionals Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC) believes in creating connections through choral music. The choir was formed at Below Zero Lounge in OTR in November 2011 and is now made up of a roster with over 850 volunteer singers who live and work throughout greater Cincinnati, ranging in age from 21 - 45. Under the direction of Artistic Director KellyAnn Nelson, YPCC has quickly found a niche in the vibrant arts community of downtown Cincinnati. Each unique concert has sold out, and singers and audiences alike connect in unique, high-quality concert presentations like "In Vino Veritas" (South African & Italian choral music paired with wines from the same countries - presented in collaboration with 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab), "Sin & Tonic" (a Valentine's Day happy hour concert featuring 17th & 18th century bawdy madrigals paired with martinis at Below Zero Lounge), and "Black & Blues" (a gala event featuring dinner, dancing with the Cincy Brass, opera choruses & vocal jazz). The ensemble brings young, energetic people together in 6-week concert cycle commitments to create quality choral music and connect in a low-pressure, social environment. YPCC also creates connections to local businesses and arts organizations through post-rehearsal dinners, unique concert collaborations and shared resources with stellar Cincinnati arts organizations.
KellyAnn Nelson is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Young Professionals Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC), as well as the Managing Artistic Director for the Cincinnati Boychoir. She is a sought-after choral music professional and has served as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and presenter at various National, All-State and Regional honors choir events, conferences and choral/vocal jazz workshops in Michigan, West Virginia, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina, Connecticut, Minnesota, Kentucky and Indiana. She has enjoyed presenting on the topic of incorporating music literacy activities into the choral rehearsal (most recently at the Central Division ACDA conference in 2014 and the national Chorus America conference in 2012), recruiting/retaining/inspiring boys of all ages to sing (Central Division ACDA 2016 and Chorus America 2016) as well as sharing ideas on young professional engagement in choral music at the World Choir Games and the 2014 & 2016 Chorus America conferences in Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati, OH. YPCC (which took silver in their division at the aforementioned World Choir Games) was also the subject of a Chorus America feature article in May 2012 about innovation and engagement, as well as part of KellyAnn's TEDx Cincinnati talk on the topic of transforming communities through participation in music.
Mrs. Nelson has had the privilege of conducting, managing and teaching choral musicians of all ages in a variety of venues. Before joining the Cincinnati Boychoir, she served as Associate Conductor of both the Cincinnati Children's Choir and the Princeton (NJ) Girlchoir, as well as directing Linton Music's Children's Music Series Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions. KellyAnn served as adjunct faculty at Western Michigan University where she directed the Gold Company II vocal jazz ensemble, and has been at the helm of active school choral music programs in Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio. While pursuing her doctoral degree in Choral Conducting and Arts Administration at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), KellyAnn taught in the music education department and was the assistant conductor of the Women's Chorus. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in music education from Western Michigan University.
Her most recent endeavor, the Young Professionals Choral Collective (YPCC) allows KellyAnn the opportunity to work with over 850 motivated singers, aged 21-45, who work and live throughout the greater Cincinnati area. YPCC (in its 5th season) reconnects singers to their early experiences in singing through the creation of quality choral music, and successfully engages with new audiences, partners with local businesses, presents innovative performances in unique spaces, and celebrates the choral music history, growth, and energy of the city (Cincinnati) and downtown neighborhood (Over-the- Rhine) in which KellyAnn and her husband, Christopher Eanes work, play and spend time with their two amazing kiddos, Zaiya & Coleman.
Dr. Megan Boyd currently serves as YPCC's Associate Director and the Director of Choral Activities at Xavier University. She has experience teaching choral music at all levels, elementary through university, and has conducted in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and La Madeleine Cathedral in Paris, France. As a middle school and high school educator, Dr. Boyd's ensembles consistently earned Superior Ratings at the North Carolina Music Performance Adjudication and an invitation to perform at the 2009 NC Governor's Inauguration. She also led the Michigan State University Women's Chamber Ensemble in their appearance at the 2014 American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conference. In addition to her work with YPCC and Xavier, Dr. Boyd sings with mirabai, a semi-professional women's chorus dedicated to performing, commissioning, and recording innovative musics that express the rich emotional terrain of a woman's life. Dr. Boyd holds a B.M. in music education and voice performance from Boston University and an M.M. and D.M.A. in choral conducting from MSU.
Scotty McEvoy is a proud Cincinnati native and makes his living as a freelance musician, manager, and live sound technician in the area. He first performed with YPCC as a percussionist in 2014 and is excited to be part of the group's dynamic team as Chorus Manager. Scotty spent over ten years as a music educator before re-focusing his efforts towards arts administration and development. He studied Music Education at Northern Kentucky University and Music Performance (Percussion) at Miami University. During his time as a music teacher, he traveled with his performing groups to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Carnegie Hall, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, and both the London and Paris New Years Day Parades, among many other memorable journeys. He learned how to manage and coordinate large groups traveling abroad while providing students with once-in-a-lifetime performance experiences on international stages.
When not managing YPCC or enjoying local arts activities, Scotty can be seen playing music throughout the region. Aside from typical freelance work, he rounds out his performance calendar as steel drummer, percussionist, and "hype-man" with The SunBurners – his own group that blends contemporary covers with traditional instruments and grooves from Caribbean and Pacific island music (www.TheSunBurners.com). Self-proclaimed as the #1 Island Party Band in Cincinnati, The SunBurners can be found traveling throughout the Midwest and East Coast during the warmer months, entertaining crowds at music festivals, community concerts, nightlife venues, and the greatest weddings ever.
Shiloh Roby is a native of Staunton, Virginia. He studied organ with Stephen Cooksey and J. Thomas Mitts and percussion with Eugenia Burkett at Shenandoah University, where he earned dual bachelor degrees in music and business. He graduated magna cum laude. He completed a master's degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied music theory with Kip Wile and Thomas Benjamin. He also studied organ with Donald Sutherland and held one of the two fellowships in ear-training.
In 2007, he departed for the United Kingdom, where he served as organ scholar at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall. This was followed by a year of serving as organ scholar at St. Patrick's Cathedral, the national cathedral of Ireland. Shiloh returned to the United States in 2009 to accept a position as director of music at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Holliston, Massachusetts. He moved to Cincinnati in December 2010, to join the staff of Christ Church Cathedral. In 2012, Shiloh joined the staff of the Cincinnati Boychoir as the Intermediate Division Accompanist, and he's excited to officially join the YPCC team after serving as a singer during their first few seasons.
Jill Jantzen has been recognized for her "virtuoso performance... professionalism and training." As a touring freelance pianist, Jill has been seen on stage across the United States and in Europe. Highlights include touring her recital program, Seasons of Sound across the Midwest and West Coast of the United States; participating the "Art of the Piano" summer festival; being a featured artist at the Oklahoma Women of Higher Education Conference; and making her international debut performing in Freiburg and Hinterzarten, Germany with the InterHarmony Music Festival.
Currently, she holds a position as a staff accompanist at Northern Kentucky University, performers as a regular pit musician with Cincinnati Landmark Productions, and runs her own piano studio at the Loveland Music Academy. In addition to her musical endeavors, Jill acts as the Artistic Director of Salon 21, a piano concert series dedicated to hosting intimate pop-up concerts around Cincinnati.
As a proud native of Oklahoma, Jill received her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from Oklahoma City University, Bass School of Music. She relocated to Cincinnati, OH, to complete her Masters of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Awadagin Pratt. During her time at CCM, Jill held a Graduate Assistantship in Secondary Piano with Dr. Michelle Conda. Upon the completion of her Masters degree, Jill was recognized as CCM's Outstanding Graduate Assistant.
Katie Personke holds degrees in music education from Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. She has been teaching music in public schools for over ten years in Illinois and Ohio, working with students and adults of all ages and abilities. Katie has been a member of YPCC since 2012, helping in many different capacities, from music captain to committee member. She also teaches private lessons for piano and voice, is a music director for local theater groups, and currently teaches K-6 music for Mt. Healthy City Schools.
Mike has been around YPCC since Fall of 2012, almost immediately after graduating from Xavier University with degrees in Computer Science and Music Performance. Two of his professors had been telling him about an amazing choir they were in, and he was sold. His first cycle was "In the Dark of Night" at the Emery Theater.
Mike fell in love with choral music freshman year at Moeller high school, and decided to continue with it at Xavier University. The love grew, and after just one semester, he added a music major to his computer science major, specializing in voice and composition.
Joining YPCC has afforded Mike several incredible opportunities. Among them, singing backup for Foreigner, Barry Manilow, Rocktopia, and the Cincinnati Pops, as well as being an extra in and directing a recording session for the movie "Surviving Compton" working with Leslie Greif. When he's not singing, composing, arranging, or recording, Mike is working his day job for Sogeti/Kroger doing software development.
Suzanne joined YPCC in 2013. She became YPCC's graphic designer a year later, and has since created our logo, concert graphics, event decor pieces, and various print collateral. She graduated with her BS in Graphic Design from DAAP at the University of Cincinnati in 2012, and currently works as an Environmental Graphic Designer at BHDP Architecture.
Greg joined YPCC in the Fall of 2016 for the concert at Old Saint Mary's. He immediately loved being part of such a special organization, and was excited to be involved in the Cincinnati arts community. YPCC has been a great place to make new friends and share the joy of music. Greg is a Cincinnati native and stared his love for music playing the trumpet from grade school band through college.
As the Production Associate, Greg works closely with the Chorus Manager to make sure that each rehearsal and concert runs smoothly. He handles setup, tear-down, registration, music handouts, attendance, ticketing, and so on. He previously served as the Production Committee Co-chair and has been doing production tasks since his first Christmas caroling cycle.
When he is not participating with YPCC, Greg works as a pharmacist for Kroger in Central Prescription Processing.
Andrea Slesinski is a seasoned communications and marketing professional passionate about shaping and telling stories that count. As PR Associate, Andrea serves as the chief storyteller for the organization, developing and executing messaging and communications strategy for concert cycles, arts partnerships, social media, fundraising campaigns and more. By day, she directs corporate communications for PatientPoint, a patient engagement solutions company headquartered in Kenwood. Since Andrea's professional career has been focused in the healthcare industry, YPCC affords her the opportunity to translate her communications and marketing know-how and experience to this growing, thriving arts nonprofit.
Andrea joined YPCC in fall 2015 after moving to Cincinnati and returning to Ohio from Washington, DC. (She actually had her sights set on YPCC prior to her move!) She grew up singing-from Sunday school to show choir-in Toledo, Ohio, and sang in two college choirs while attending The Ohio State University in Columbus. After 10 years without a formal choir family, YPCC soon became a significant part of Andrea's life and she's been involved ever since. She became more involved with YPCC's communications and marketing in spring 2017 after launching the choir's first themed annual campaign "Singers of YPCC."
A Cincinnati native, Emily joined YPCC in the fall of 2016 after returning home from a 6-year stint in Cleveland. Her casual desire to sing again and meet new people quickly turned into a love affair. Now, Emily leverages her diverse development experience to plan and execute fundraisers at YPCC concerts and special events with the help of her trusty committee. Also, as a data nerd, she enjoys creating, implementing, and analyzing surveys during each concert cycle.
When she's not selling raffle tickets or playing with pivot tables for YPCC, Emily is the Development Manager at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Southwest Ohio and a second year MA in Arts Administration and MBA student at the University of Cincinnati.
Courtney DeGeorge-Allen is the Events and Outreach Coordinator at Ocean Programs, a non-profit that serves entrepreneurs by providing access to training, community, and a foundation of faith on which to launch new organizations. Raised in Lebanon, Ohio, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Hospitality Management and has pursued her passion for hosting people and providing excellent customer service since her days at the local movie theater in high school. In recent years, she has refined her skills and honed her career through various roles and positions within major hotel chains - settling into a dynamic work setting as an Event Manager.
Courtney lives downtown with her husband, Chris. Together they share a love for travel, hosting friends + family, and EDM music and attempt to combine all of these things together whenever possible.
Ashley G. Allison's work in Cincinnati's development community is broadly based, with experience in both large and small non-profit organizations. She began her career with a Masters of Arts Administration and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati where she quickly gained a love for the region's vibrant non-profit community. As a Campaign Manager with ArtsWave and a member of the Individual Giving staff at Cincinnati Museum Center, Ashley learned to work as a highly effective team member, gaining skills in relationship building, major gift stewardship, grant writing, direct mail, and volunteer management. She enjoys Art History, doughnuts, and annual planning. Ashley lives in Blue Ash, Ohio with her husband, David, and their two daughters, Eleanor and Wren.
YPCC, like any other organization, is not a one woman operation. Many of its members lend their unique skills to help make the group function. These individuals comprise the YPCC board:
President: Jenni Stadtmiller (Hamilton County Educational Services Center, School Improvement Consultant)
Vice President - Internal Systems: Matthew Heston (University of Cincinnati Foundation, Assistant Director of Special Projects)
Vice President - External Relations: Adam Pulskamp (KLH Engineers, Engineer)
Secretary: Elizabeth Conklin (Ulmer & Berne LLP, Associate)
Treasurer: Juma Reed (Lifetime Financial Growth & Seneca Financial Services, CEO/CPA)
• Katie MacDonald (Independent Consultant)
• Stephanie Renny (Xavier University, Program Coordinator)
• Cana Seip (Mental Health Access Point at Central Clinic, Licensed Independent Clinical Counselor)
• Kimberly Soper (Procter & Gamble)
• Brian Wildman (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Business Director)
• Sarah Mayher (First Financial Bank, Contract Review Manager)
• Patrick Deavy (National Environmental Education Foundation, Senior Director for Special Projects)
• Greg Koehler (City of Cincinnati, Economic Development Supervisor)
• Tamara Scull (KY Department of Public Advocacy, Assistant Public Advocate)
• Phillip Webster (Memorial Hall, Ticketing Associate)
• Joe Peacock (Cincinnati Opera, Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving)
• KellyAnn Nelson, ex officio (Cincinnati Boychoir & YPCC)
Chamber Choir Tracks
(Chamber Choir) Fresh and Fearless - Soprano
(Chamber Choir) Fresh and Fearless - Alto
(Chamber Choir) Fresh and Fearless - Tenor
(Chamber Choir) Fresh and Fearless - Bass
(Chamber Choir) Illumina le Tenebre - Soprano
(Chamber Choir) Illumina le Tenebre - Alto
(Chamber Choir) Illumina le Tenebre - Tenor
(Chamber Choir) Illumina le Tenebre - Bass
(Chamber Choir) Remember the Ladies - Soprano A/B
(Chamber Choir) Remember the Ladies - Alto B/C
(Chamber Choir) White Promise - A Part
(Chamber Choir) White Promise - B/C Part
(Chamber Choir) White Promise - Tenor
(Chamber Choir) White Promise - Bass
YPCC On Call Tracks
Exsultate Justi - Soprano
Exsultate Justi - Alto
Exsultate Justi - Tenor
Exsultate Justi - Bass
Fields Of Gold - S1
Fields Of Gold - S2
Fields Of Gold - A1
Fields Of Gold - A2
Fields Of Gold - Tenor
Fields Of Gold - Bass
Hallelujah - S1
Hallelujah - S2
Hallelujah - A1
Hallelujah - A2
Happy (SATB) - Midi
Happy (SATB) - MP3
Hark I Hear - Soprano 1
Hark I Hear - Alto 1 / Middle
Hark I Hear - Alto 2
Hark I Hear - Tenor
Hark I Hear - Baritone
Hark I Hear - Bass
In My Life - Soprano
In My Life - Alto
In My Life - Tenor
In My Life - Bass
Joshua - Soprano 1
Joshua - Soprano 2
Joshua - Alto 1
Joshua - Alto 2
Joshua - Tenor 1
Joshua - Tenor 2
Joshua - Bass 1
Joshua - Bass 2
Love Walked In - Soprano 1
Love Walked In - Alto 1 / Middle
Love Walked In - Alto 2
Love Walked In - Tenor
Love Walked In - Bass
Ride On, King Jesus - Soprano
Ride On, King Jesus - Alto
Ride On, King Jesus - Tenor
Ride On, King Jesus - Bass
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Soprano
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Alto
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Tenor
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Bass
Star Spangled Banner - S2/A1
Star Spangled Banner - A2
Star Spangled Banner - Tenor
Star Spangled Banner - Bass
Take Me Out - Soprano
Take Me Out - Alto
Take Me Out - Tenor
Take Me Out - Bass
Take Me Out-takes 1
Take Me Out-takes 2
Take Me Out-takes 3
Take Me Out-takes 4
Take Me Out-takes 5
Take Me Out-takes 6
The Road Home - Soprano
The Road Home - Alto
The Road Home - Tenor
The Road Home - Bass
Will The Circle - Soprano
Will The Circle - Alto
Will The Circle - Tenor
Will The Circle - Bass