Mercer Island choir vocalists to perform at national YMCA convention

Erich and Jenny Parce will be performing with Tacoma youth at the YMCA national convention in Philadelphia next week after entering a video contest.

The couple volunteers for the Art-Full Apprenticeship program at the Tacoma Center YMCA’s ‘Late Nite’ program.

Erich Parce is the choir director at the Congregational Church on Mercer Island, and Jenny Parce is the cantor at St. Monica Parish.

Middle and high school youth gather at the Tacoma Y on weekend nights. The couple teaches voice to youth who want to sing and learn about singing and performing. This year, the youth wrote a song about what the Y has done for them and produced a video of the song. After garnering some attention, it was entered into a national contest for performing at the YMCA national convention in Philadelphia in July. The video won one of the top spots, and the group will travel to Philadelphia on July 17 to perform for 3,000 people at the general assembly.

“We are all excited about the trip and the experience that the kids will have,” Parce said.

The video is titled “Wake Up to Happy.”



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