Media Releases – CY

Media Releases – Commonwealth Youthchoirs

Monte Carlo West! Tickets on Sale NOW!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 : CY

Monte Carlo West - Off to the Races!

See one of the world’s premier collections of racing cars. Help benefit the 700 young people who are part of Commonwealth Youthchoirs. The monies raised at this fundraiser will benefit the 700 children from all walks of life who are involved in one of our six choral programs.

Saturday, November 25, 2017
7:30 – 10:30 PM

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

6825-31 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19153 – convenient to the Philadelphia Airport

Buy Tickets Here

Regular – $65
VIP – $125
Alumni – $20

Fabulous Racecars! KSB and PG Alumni!
Live Music, Dancing, Live Auction, Table Games, Great Food and FUN!

Buy Tickets and Bingo Balls NOW!

Fall Open Houses

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 : CY

Do you know a girl or boy who loves to sing?

Come to one of our fall Open Houses!

Keystone State Boychoir – Download flyer with locations and times.

  • Thursday, September 21
  • Thursday, September 28
  • Saturday, September 23

Pennsylvania Girlchoir – Download flyer with locations and times.

  • Monday, September 18
  • Monday, September 25
  • Wednesday, September 20
  • Wednesday, September 27

New Jersey Boychoir – Download flyer with locations and times.

  • Tuesday, September 19
  • Tuesday, September 26
  • Saturday, September 30

Garden State Girlchoir – Download flyer for both locations.

Garden State Girlchoir rehearses in two convenient locations:

  • Wednesday, September 20 (Cherry Hill location)
  • Wednesday, September 27 (Cherry Hill location)
  • Friday, September 22 (Rowan University location)
  • Friday, September 29 (Rowan University location)
  • Saturday, September 30 (Rowan University location)

Welcome Melissa Keylock, first full-time PG Music Director!

Monday, July 24, 2017 : CY, PG

A message from Commonwealth Youthchoirs Artistic Director Steven M. Fisher

Melissa Keylock

Melissa Keylock
Newly appointed Pennsylvania Girlchoir Music Director

Since the inception of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG) in 2004, it has been a dream of mine for PG to have full-time musical leadership. I am elated to share with you the wonderful news that Ms. Melissa Keylock has been appointed its very first full-time Music Director. Melissa hopes to lead this remarkable group into a new era of even greater choral heights. Created in 2004 as the sister choir of Keystone State Boychoir, over the last 13 years PG has earned a stellar reputation as one of the leading ensembles of its kind in the country.

Melissa is an outstanding choral educator and conductor, with extensive expertise and experience with young singers of all levels, from elementary to high school age. Melissa is a shining star in the children’s choir and girlchoir universe, and we are very fortunate to have her join our organization. She is also a gem of a human being. The girls and young women of PG will love her, as has every group of singers who’ve had the opportunity to sing under her direction. (Wait until they experience her yoga choral warm ups!) To learn more about Melissa, you can read her bio here. You can read the press release here.

For the last six years, the Girlchoir has been fortunate to have a stellar conductor in PG Music Director Vincent Metallo. His impeccable musicianship and high choral standards helped Pennsylvania Girlchoir to blossom in incredible ways during his tenure. Of course, we would have loved to have Vincent as a full-time Music Director from the beginning of his tenure with PG. But his other professional obligations – including a full-time position at Princeton High School – precluded him from this extensive of a commitment with us.  And so we bid a fond au revoir to Vincent, who has served PG so well. He, like all of us, wishes Melissa the best. He agrees wholeheartedly with the need for a full-time Music Director, and looks forward to seeing PG grow in wonderful ways with the full-time leadership it deserves. In turn, we wish Vincent the very best and will always be grateful for the incredible musicianship and high choral standards he brought to PG. He’ll always be a part of the PG/CY family. In fact, not only are we going to honor Vincent in a very special way in the coming season, there are plans to have him back as a guest conductor with a very special work. Stay tuned!  

PG has an exciting season of performances ahead. In collaboration with the Keystone State Boychoir, it will perform Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in honor of the composer’s centennial. The CY organization will host Choirs ROCK! Concert, bringing together 10,000 singers for the largest choral concert in US history. To finish out the season, the brother – sister choirs will embark on a concert tour of South Africa where they will represent America at the World Choral Games.  

By virtue of her position as PG Music Director, Melissa will also serve as Assistant Artistic Director of Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY), working closely with me to transform the lives of young people through the power of making music together. More than 700 singers, half of whom are underserved, take part in Commonwealth Youthchoirs six award-winning programs:  Keystone State Boychoir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Find Your Instrument!, Good Mornin’ Music, Garden State Girlchoir, and New Jersey Boychoir. For more information, visit

Garden State Girlchoir – First EVER Spring Concert!

Monday, June 12, 2017 : CY, CY Sampler, GSG

GSG Spring Concert

With 30 singers in Grades 3-8, the founding members of Garden State Girlchoir (GSG) held their first Spring Concert on June 10 at Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill. The concert featured confident singers and soloists, GSG member Lydia on flute, and repertoire that included a few Stephen Schwartz favorites. Not surprisingly, GSG Music Director Lauren Canna noted that “Popular,” from Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked, was very popular with the girls!! Garden State Girlchoir singers will be joining Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir as they celebrate Stephen Schwartz at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, in Verizon Hall on Saturday, June 17, 2017, during An Evening with Stephen Schwartz, #SchwartzEvening. At the spring concert, Commonwealth Youthchoirs’ Artistic Director Steve Fisher announced that next year both Garden State Girlchoir and New Jersey Boychoir will be in residence at Rowan University!

Garden State Girlchoir singers with arms raised in the airGuest PG percussionist Erin helped accompany several songs and the KSB Grads joined in for the final set. GSG Parents provided a wonderful reception for all involved. Thanks to Lauren Canna, GSG Program Manager, Carli Visconti, and accompanists Christina Luscotova and Natasha Steinmacher for making this inaugural season such a success! A special thank you to Keystone State Boychoir founding member David Huntsinger, who has been regularly helping with rehearsals.

KSB and PG Singers Give Voice to Philadelphia

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 : CY, CY Sampler, KSB, PG

PG singers with representative from the MIT Media Lab

On Thursday, May 4, members of the Graduate and Motet choirs participated in the launch of a collaborative work by composer Tod Machover commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Voices.

MIT’s Media Lab was at the event, demonstrating the mobile recording app that will help create the piece. Calvin Wamser, a member of the Grad Choir, observed, “Philadelphia Voices is the future of music; it especially interests me because it takes technology that people often say is a waste of time (like cell phones) and combines it with the community building power of music.” Anyone in the city can take part by downloading the Philadelphia Voices app to submit their own recordings of the “voice of Philadelphia.” Learn more here from the Philadelphia Orchestra.

KSB singers with representative from MIT Media Lab

Members from the Philadelphia Orchestra — violinists Yiying Li and Daniel Han, violist Marvin Moon; cellist Gloria dePasquale,  and bassist David Fay ― performed works by Machover, and KSB and PG singers took part in improvisatory experiences. “It was an incredible experience to collaborate with the Philadelphia Orchestra and a composer as respected as Tod Machover,” noted KSB singer Matthew Flynn, “Especially when the piece is inspired by my home!”

Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir are proud to be part of the collaboration along with the choir from the High School of the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), Sister Cities Girlchoir, and Al Bustan Seeds of Culture and others. A period of discovery will include in-depth discussions, workshops, interactive music sessions, recording “safaris,” and vocal explorations, all of which will inform the final composition.

Sound, voice collection, and community workshops will continue through the fall of 2017. The world premiere of the finished composition takes place April 6-8, 2018, in Philadelphia, followed by its New York premiere at Carnegie Hall on April 10, 2018.


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