Two GMHS Students to Perform with Jim Brickman

Posted on November 5, 2014, in Events, Lancer Life, Organizations


General McLane’s Jackie Brown and Brenna McEntee will have the opportunity of a lifetime – to sing alongside Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet with an artist who has much more experience than us,” said McEntee, who is a senior at General McLane High School. “It’s interesting to see how professional artists perform, how they work, how they prepare, so I’m really looking forward to this performance.”

The Young People’s Chorus of Erie has been invited to sing alongside Brickman during his Dec. 14 concert at the Warner Theatre. Both Brown and McEntee are members of YPC, a youth outreach program of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Brown has performed with them for the last three years; McEntee has performed with them for the last four years.

The concert, part of Brickman’s “On a Winter’s Night” holiday tour, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at

“This is an amazing opportunity for our young people,” said Alyson Amendola, executive director of YPC Erie. “Approximately 50 choristers will be participating in the concert, and it speaks volumes for the visibility and credibility of the program to be invited to sing with Mr. Brickman.”

YPC will sing two selections alongside Brickman: “Fa La La” and “The Gift,” one of his most popular songs.

“I’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s going to be a really neat learning experience,” said Brown, who is a freshman at General McLane High School. “The pieces we are singing are different [from our normal repertoire], so it’ll be different, but fun.”

Brickman received Grammy nominations for his albums “Peace” (2003, Best Instrumental) and “Faith” (2009, Best New Age Album). He has collaborated with Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride, Megan Hilty, Donny Osmond, Delta Goodrem and Olivia Newton-John. He also hosts a syndicated adult contemporary radio show titled “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman.”

YPC Erie is northwest Pennsylvania’s only comprehensive youth choral music program. With an emphasis on diversity, YPC Erie brings together young singers from across Erie County. Since 2009, more than 1,000 students from more than 40 different public, private and parochial schools have benefitted from the YPC Erie program — currently, more than 100 choristers participate in YPC Erie’s choirs.