York Album Project brings students’ musical works to listeners’ ears

'Music as One' compiles works from 22 artists or groups from York High School

York Album Project
The cover of "Music as One" is seen. (Image provided by District 205)

ELMHURST – It stands to reason that musically inclined high school students can hardly wait to get out into the world and show off their various talents. Thanks to the York Album Project, a group of local musicians doesn’t have to wait.

The program is releasing its third album today, April 24, titled “Music as One.” The album includes works by 22 artists or groups from York High School performing songs written and recorded during the current school year. The album can by downloaded for $10 or streamed for free at yorkalbumproject.bandcamp.com.

“I feel really lucky to part of a program that has an album project available to its students,” junior Chris Rieger said in a news release from District 205. “It’s a really great opportunity to be able to get some experience recording your own music, whether or not you plan on pursuing it as a career.”

Release party

An album release party is set for noon May 6 at Schubas Tavern at 3159 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. CDs will be available for purchase. Students will be performing songs from the album, and tickets are $5 and can be purchased online.

“It’s been great being able to collaborate and create music with other students,” sophomore Austin Brown said. “I love hearing the wide variety of diverse perspectives represented in all the songs that were written by my peers for the album.”

“Music as One” is the third album released by the York Album Project, which is led by York music teacher Chris Gemkow and supported by York music teacher Mike Pavlik and audio engineer Tim Flynn of Audio Wall Studio in Lombard.

“The York Album Project represents the incredible spectrum of musical talent that exists at York High School,” Gemkow said in the news release. “It’s one of the best things I’ve ever been involved with as a teacher.”

Previous albums “We Are the Music,” released in 2015, and “This is Amateur,” released in 2016, are also available at York Album Project’s site, along with a holiday album, “Duke the Halls.”