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Channeling the boundless energy of boys…
into unforgettable music making
At Keystone State Boychoir, we harness the boundless energy of boys to create remarkable music.
Through moments of pure goofiness as well as moments remarkably profound, our boys learn to express themselves with gusto and heart.
Your support helps celebrate boys being boys. If you have already made a gift to Commonwealth Youthchoirs this year, thank you for your generosity!
And if you haven’t, you still can give today!
Join us for our traditional CY Holiday Concert in a new venue, Girard College Chapel, THIS Sunday, December 18 at 5:00 pm.
Three great reasons to buy your tickets:
- Great music! Jason Robert Brown’s Chanukah Suite and Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
- KSB 15th Anniversary CDs will be available for holiday gift giving
- Alumni can join the choirs to sing “Hope for Resolution”
Get your tickets now!
This is the kind of life-changing experience your support makes possible. Make a gift today.
“Grateful for Traditions”
Pennsylvania Girlchoir and Keystone State Boychoir rehearsing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
We’re grateful to be part of the richly diverse artistic and cultural life of Philadelphia.
While the turkey and vegetables cook in the oven, members of Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir are performing in front of the Art Museum, singing in the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in America.
We are also grateful for you, the people who do so much to support our singers.
Watch us live on Philadelphia’s 6ABC. Parade coverage begins Thanksgiving morning at 8:30 am –
the choirs’ performance is scheduled for around 11:00 am, subject to change.
Wednesday, October 19, we launched our “Song IS Home” Concert Series. The first performance of the series was held at the Whosoever Gospel Mission in Germantown, just two blocks from First Presbyterian Church in Germantown (FPCG) – KSB’s rehearsal home. Well over a hundred years old, it turns out that the Mission was founded in the late 1800’s by a member of FPCG.
Our KSB Grads brought a lot of joy to some admirable men who are striving to better their lives.
The purpose for the “Song IS Home” Concert Series is four fold.
- To help our young singers realize that there are many different kinds of places people call home.
- To remember that home is wherever one sings a song. No matter where we are in the world or in our lives, when we have a song on our lips, we are home in a way. This is the great gift of song.
- To bring the joy of song to people who might not always have the opportunity to enjoy choral music and whose spirit very well may need lifting through music.
- To bring joy to our young singers by giving them the opportunity to sing with whom they might not ordinarily get the chance and, by doing so, expand their view of the world around them.
And so, we have invited the men of Whosoever Gospel Mission to join with our Grads to form a new ensemble …”Men On A MISSION!” We will rehearse each Wednesday at the Mission, with the goal of making our debut at the Germantown Friends School a cappella fest this coming February.
Stay tuned (get it?) for “Men on a MISSION!“
Let Freedom SING! Girlchoir National Convention unites 100 All-American Choristers from all 50 States together in Bipartisan SongTuesday, June 21, 2016 : CY, PG
Let Freedom SING! Girlchoir National Convention unites 100 All-American Choristers from all 50 States together in Bipartisan Song
July 24-29, 2016 in Philadelphia
There’s a power-broker convention coming to Philadelphia in July but it’s not the one you’re thinking of. Yes, the Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia in late July, but so will the “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention (LFS! GNC), a six-day choral festival celebrating the beauty, recognizing the power, and affirming the importance of girls singing together. When these 100 young women raise their collective, bipartisan voice in song, they will ensure that Philadelphia will be “City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love.”
“Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention (LFS! GNC) is being hosted by Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG) and its parent organization, Commonwealth Youthchoirs, and is the brainchild of Founder and Artistic Director Steven Fisher. “The fact that these two conventions are taking place at the same time is no coincidence, said Fisher. “In presidential election seasons, I – like most Americans – grow weary of partisan politics dividing us as a country. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to showcase choral music and its extraordinary ability to – quite literally – unite all 50 states.” But why a National Convention of girl singers? “Let’s just say,” Fisher adds, “I hedged my bets that Philadelphia would be a unique place to celebrate and encourage female empowerment in the arts. As a founder of an organization that aims to transform the lives of young people through the power of making music together, I’m keenly aware of the how choral music empowers young women in a unique way when they have the opportunity to make it surrounded by other girls, helping them to develop into strong, confident women who are at the ready to – literally – let their voices be heard.”
The six-day choral festival involves preparation in advance, as Singer Delegates must learn a repertoire of ten songs before they arrive. “It will be a magical choral moment at the opening of the Convention when these young women get to hear for the first time how 50 states singing together sounds,” Fisher predicts. “From that moment on, they will no longer be strangers, but friends in song, creating a nationwide network of choral sisterhood that will last a lifetime.”
“We are proud to send two of our dedicated and talented singers to add to the amazing nationwide power of girls’ voices,” said Danya Tiller, Artistic Director of Phoenix Girls Chorus, and Shelly Winemiller, Artistic Director for Bella Voce Young Women’s Choir, from Minnesota affirmed, “What a truly remarkable occasion for young women to gather in song to celebrate the gift of young women’s choral music.” South Carolina Singer Delegate Ashleigh Allen, from the Cane Bay Choirs, is thrilled to get the once in a lifetime opportunity, “I can’t wait to sing with so many other amazing singers from across the country!”
Singer Delegates must arrive in Philadelphia with all music already learned. The repertoire includes patriotic favorites “America the Beautiful” by Samuel A. Ward, “The Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key and “God Bless America”, by Irving Berlin, and stunning selections of “Child of My Heart” by Jacob Narverud/Bette Milleson James and “Still I Rise” by Rosephanye Powell, and many more. Each of the various pieces that make up the breathtaking repertoire will be led by dynamic conductors. The roster of LFS! GNC Conductors & Guests include:
- Christine Bass, conductor of the Women’s Chorus of Temple University
- Rollo Dilworth, Associate Professor of Music Education at Temple University and children and youth choir extraordinaire
- Angie Johnson, artistic director of Young Naperville Singers‘ Young Women’s Choir, Bella Voce
- Melissa Malvar Keylock, associate director of Princeton Girlchoir, and Director of Admissions of American Boychoir
- Vincent Metallo, Pennsylvania Girlchoir music director and former music director of the American Boychoir
- Danielle Molan, conductor of Pennsylvania Girlchoir‘s Scholas and one of the most exciting, up and coming conductors of Girlchoirs.
- Dr. Elizabeth Parker, Pennsylvania Girlchoir conductor and associate professor of music at Temple University.
- Andrea Ramsey, one of the most sought after women choral conductors, composers, and clinicians.
In addition to a culminating “Let Freedom SING!” Concert on July 27 in “The Castle” at Arcadia University, there will be other “pop-up” performance opportunities at historic sites throughout Philadelphia. DNC delegates taking in the city should not be surprised if they suddenly have a soundtrack to go along with their cheesesteak experience in South Philly or their Rocky experience on the Art Museum steps.
It won’t be all singing. Peer connections are a big part of the experience, according to Fisher. “In what is being called ‘choral caucuses,’ the young women will have an opportunity to explore all the ways that unite them – no matter what state from which they hail or their walk of life. The caucuses will also spotlight careers for women conductors and composers, led by leading women composers. Participants will also take part in civic activities around a town that can rightfully claim to be “the birthplace of America.” And, of course, with teenagers there will be the all-important social time. The high school tenors and basses of the Keystone State Boychoir (KSB), PG’s brother-choir, will be invited to a dance and social on the Arcadia University campus. KSB, and its now famous soloist Bobby Hill, recently drew the world’s attention when they, alongside the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, sang for Pope Francis in Philadelphia this past September.
About “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention
The “Let Freedom SING!” Girlchoir National Convention (LFS! GNC) is a six-day choral festival that will bring together two young women “Singer Delegates” from each of the 50 states in the Union to celebrate the beauty, recognize the power, and affirm the importance of girls singing together. The GNC will be held Sunday, July 24-Friday, July 29, 2016, in Philadelphia. and is hosted by Pennsylvania Girlchoir and its parent organization Commonwealth Youthchoirs.
Photo Opportunities during all events are available upon request – for more Press information, please visit the LFS/NGC website