Berks Youth Chorus appoints new CEO [Spotlight] – Reading eagle


The Berks Youth Chorus has appointed Sam Barge as their new CEO. After a year of navigating virtual choral programming as Music Director, Barge now assumes the role of Executive and Artistic Director as the choir enters its 30th anniversary season.

“It’s an honor, especially as we can’t wait to sing again in person,” said Barge. “It is a special organization with a rich tradition, a bright future and a community of young singers eager for musical creation in real time. “

Barge is originally from Marietta, Georgia, and believes deeply in music as a vehicle for personal growth, civic vitality and social change. With a degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina and a Masters in Choral Conducting from Temple University, he has worked with community music programs as a choir teacher, voice teacher and program coordinator.

During this past year as Music Director of Berks Youth Chorus, Barge provided the primary artistic vision for Berks Youth Chorus and reinvented their program to accommodate online learning platforms. Along with his predecessor, Amanda Svetlak, he created the Chorus for Causes initiative, in which singers support local nonprofits like Mary’s Shelter and United Way through music advocacy.

Barge wants to build on BYC’s long history of musical achievement, diversify its musical offerings and reach every corner of the greater Berks County community.

“Everyone is welcome to the Berks Youth Chorus,” he said. “BYC is a space where creativity, art and community come together, and where everyone has a voice. Come as you are, sing as one.

As the pandemic continues to present challenges, the choir will use face masks, social distancing and air filters to keep the singer safe. The choir also has contingencies in case the singing in person becomes untenable again.

“The safety of our singers and their families will always have the ultimate precedent,” said Barge.

Registration for the 10-week Fall 2021 season of Berks Youth Chorus is open until September 10. BYC encourages all families in need to apply for financial assistance when registering. More information can be found at Questions about the programming of Berks Youth Chorus can be sent to [email protected]


The Reading Civic Theater will present its fall production, “Nunsense,” September 10-12 at the Lutheran Church of Alsace, Kutztown Road, Muhlenberg Canton. Tickets cost $ 25 for adults and $ 20 for students 18 and under. They can be purchased at under the “buy tickets” tab. Tickets can also be purchased at the door before each performance. The show offers a glimpse into the life of the Little Sisters of Hoboken and their crazy antics.


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