Erica Barnes conducts our youngest singers in grades 2 and 3 in the Da Capo choir, which, in music, means from the beginning. She also conducts the Encore choir, comprised of auditioned 6-8 graders. During the Young Singers’ 15th Anniversary season Mrs. Barnes had the honor of leading the Encore choir in several community performances for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, The Hanley Center, Beau Biden Foundation, Children’s Home Society, Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce and the City of Palm Beach Gardens. She is grateful to be able to help Young Singers provide children with opportunities to share their gifts and talents throughout our community while teaching the importance of giving back. In addition to being a conductor, she also holds the position of Assistant to Artistic Director, Shawn Berry, and works in the office with YSPB staff helping to create and expand its programming. This season she has been a collaborator and teacher for the Palm Beach County Elementary School Music Teacher’s Professional Development Day Workshops presented by Young Singers of the Palm Beaches.
After graduating from Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Florida State University, Erica Barnes was the director of choral activities at Independence Middle School from 2002-2009 where she grew the brand new program from 90 to over 250 singers. After leaving the school district she taught private voice instruction, after school chorus at Beacon Cove Elementary, children’s music at Jupiter First Church, and was the summer music conservatory senior division choral director for First Presbyterian Church from 2009-2018. Mrs. Barnes was the teaching artist for the Young Singers’ 3-year grant project “Building Learning Communities through Arts and Culture.” She is a former student of Mrs. Drosakis and completed her college internship with Mr. Berry at Bak MSOA.
Mrs. Barnes is extremely proud of her daughter, Aubrey, a Dreyfoos Vocal Major, who has been a Young Singer since the 5th grade, now singing with the Lyric Choir. She has also performed with YSPB in Palm Beach Opera’s productions of La Boheme, Carmen and Tosca. Mrs. Barnes is equally proud of her son, Danny, who is an incredible ice hockey goalie for the Palm Beach Hawks Bantam A Travel Team, and attends the Pre-Finance Academy at Duncan Middle School. When not working with YSPB, Erica helps run the family business with her mom and husband.