Princeton Girlchoir (PGC) and Princeton Boychoir (PBC), the first choirs to train and perform boys and girls in the region, are currently auditioning new choristers for the 2021-2022 season. Any child entering Grades 3 to 12 this fall is warmly welcomed. The two choirs are programs of Westrick Academy of Music (WMA).
The 2021-2022 season promises to be innovative and exciting for the choirs. Both PGC and PBC provide first-class music education to choir singers who participate in their 10 ensembles. Each is uniquely designed to be a rewarding experience, maintaining high standards of excellence while developing musical and vocal skills as part of a joyful learning experience. Singers trained with choirs are regularly accepted into prestigious university music programs across the country. While most alumni pursue successful careers outside of music, all benefit from the disciple, community and empowerment that has characterized choirs for over 30 years.
The highlight of this season will be the comprehensive and engaging musical education that each choir member will receive, tailored to their skill level. All WMA programs, including PGC and PBC, will be conducted by nationally recognized youth choir directors. Classes will focus on choral skills, ensemble building, music theory, sight reading, songwriting, rhythm training, and more. In addition, the choirs have planned a full year of events and performances.
A strong desire to learn, a musical ear, and a desire to share music with others is the key to a successful hearing. Despite the many musical opportunities offered by PGC and PBC during the year, the auditions remain low-key and enjoyable and no music needs to be prepared in advance. This year, singers will be invited to introduce themselves, sing a major scale and a familiar song like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat or” Happy Birthday “. This will help our Music Directors better understand their current level of musical ability.
Interested singers have the option to have a live audition via zoom, or to submit an audition video. Auditions for new choristers are scheduled throughout June, but interested singers are encouraged to apply early. To learn more about the process or to schedule an audition, visit WestrickMusic.org/auditions.
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Westrick Music Academy provides opportunities to grow in a supportive, inclusive and joyful environment through the experience of musical excellence. Formerly known as Princeton Girlchoir, Westrick Music Academy (WMA) is the umbrella organization that houses Princeton Girls Choir, Princeton Boychoir, and Music education programs.
The music education programs offered by WMA are designed to serve both members of the organization’s flagship choirs and those of the community at large.
Fueled by the power of a girl’s voice, Princeton Girls Choir presents extraordinary performances at home and around the world, while educating the musician, building self-confidence and fostering a lifelong love of singing together. Founded in 1989 as an after-school activity for girls interested in choral music, Princeton Girlchoir has grown to become the region’s premier girls’ training and performance choir, with over 300 choir singers participating each year. The organization has seven choirs, comprising girls from grades 3 to 12. These choirs feature music from a wide range of genres, from conductors and composers. While honing their musical talent, backing vocalists form lifelong friendships, take advantage of professional performance opportunities, and travel the world.
Princeton Girlchoir has been honored to perform in a wide range of venues for national and international audiences. Notable performances include the North American premiere of Tan Dun’s Symphony 1997 with Yo-Yo Ma at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center; several appearances at Carnegie Hall; performances for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rush Holt and Sandra Day O’Connor; sing the national anthem at several professional sporting events; and conference appearances for the American Choral Directors Association, the Kodály Organization of American Educators, and the NJ Music Educators Association.
Princeton Boy’s Choir transforms boys into confident and strong young men through inspired training in song, music education and leadership, who share their musical excellence within the community and beyond. Launched in the fall of 2017, PBC has grown into the region’s premier after-school singing program for boys. The choir is made up of boys in grades 3 through 12, who are auditioned into one of our three ensembles: Apprentice Choir, Treble Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble. Singers are placed by ability, matching each boy with the choir that best suits his vocal, artistic and musical level. In addition to striving for musical excellence, the choristers of the Princeton Boychoir gain maturity, self-discipline, focus and leadership.
Although the Boychoir originated from its sister organization, Princeton Girlchoir, and the two choirs share many traits, there is a unique spirit when “Boys’ Night” begins every Thursday. Led by Fred Meads, each backing vocalist of the Princeton Boychoir strives to be an exceptional musician while developing a sense of balance and self-confidence through education and performance, challenging them to tap into in the best part of who he is and what he can accomplish. Now in its third season, The Boychoir regularly appears on concert stages throughout the Princeton area and beyond. They have appeared at the Baltimore Boychoir Festival, the International Boy’s and Men’s Choral Festival in Arizona, and will debut at Carnegie Hall in 2021.