Media Releases & Coverage – KSB

Media Releases & Coverage – Keystone State Boychoir

Happy New Year: 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 : CY, KSB

Happy New Year!

At Garden State Girlchoir’s inaugural holiday performance in December, Pennsylvania Girlchoir Trouvères came over to sing, helping to mark the advancement of GSG Trouvères Candidates to full membership. At the end of the concert, both choirs performed Benjamin Britten’s “A New Year Caroll.”

We thank all CY families for their dedication to their singers and for their support of each other. Thank you for making it possible to share your children’s gift of song.

Wolcum Yole!

Monday, December 25, 2017 : CY, KSB

“Wolcum Yole!”

We wish those celebrating today a happy Christmas,
and we wish all our families the gifts of peace, love and beautiful music.

KSB-On the 2017 ACDA National Conference Stage

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 : KSB

In March 2017 Keystone State Boychoir was invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Minnesota, one of the most prestigious gatherings of music educators in the world. We were thrilled – and honored.

After hearing KSB sing, the ACDA then featured this video on its Facebook Page as an example of what a choir can achieve. We were honored once again.

Listen for yourself:

Your generous support makes moments like these possible in all six of our choral programs. It helps our singers strive for excellence, and in doing so, inspire each other and audiences. Bear witness to the power of young people singing together, make a gift today.

 

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.

 

Powerful Performance of “The Children’s March”

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 : CY, CY Sampler, FYI, KSB, PG

The Children's MArch - animated slide show

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, fifty-four years to the day after the Children’s’ Crusade of Birmingham, Alabama, began, hundreds of young singers from Find Your Instrument! Choir, Keystone State Boychoir, and Pennsylvania Girlchoir continued the message of heroism and hope when they performed The Children’s March at Girard College in Philadelphia. In the 1960s, the Children’s Crusade was a pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement that exemplified bravery by hundreds of children who used non-violent protest in the face arrests and fire hoses. 

The Children’s March was written by two Philadelphia artists: composer Andrew Bleckner and internationally renowned storyteller and librettist Charlotte Blake Alston. A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) helped fund this performance of The Children’s March, which was originally commissioned by Singing City in 2013. Many remember news reports and TV footage of the heroic actions of hundreds of children in the face of police dogs, fire hoses and batons which brought national attention to the Civil Rights Movement and helped end segregation in Birmingham. The youngest marcher, who was jailed for a week, was only 9 years old.

Some of the singers performing at Girard College are the same age as the protesters were at the time. “The message of this piece is powerful,” said Steven Fisher, founder and artistic director of Keystone State Boychoir. He added, “We want our singers to know that they matter, that their voices matter, and that by singing together, they have the power to change the world.”

The Children’s March garnered public attention including articles in The Philadelphia Citizen, The Philadelphia Tribune, and coverage by 6ABC.

 

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