The Singing Boys of Pennsylvania, a company of vocalists ages 10-14 whose wide musical range spans from chant to contemporary work, will perform on Sunday, March 27, at SUNY Cortland.
This choral ensemble will raise its voices and perform selections with costumes and choreography, starting at 2 p.m. in Old Main Brown Auditorium.
The company will be joined for some songs by members of the Keystone Girls Choir.
The Campus Artist and Lecture Series (CALS) presents the performance. Ticket prices are $3 for SUNY Cortland students and $5 for general admission. Children ages 10 and younger are admitted free. Tickets are available in the Campus Activities and Corey Union Office, Corey Union, Room 406, or at the door one hour prior to the performance. For more information, call (607) 753-2321.
The musicians’ programs frequently include sacred and secular music and a rich assortment of American and international folk music.
“It is refreshing to see our youth immersed in serious music-making,” said Nadia Worobij, a professional singer and music teacher at Bushkill Elementary School in Nazareth, Pa. “What a wonderful opportunity for students to supplement their musical education with their participation in the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania.”
Performing in approximately 100 concerts each year in the U.S., Canada and Japan, the choir has presented more than 300 concerts in Japan since 1983.
Founded in 1970 as The Pocono Boy Singers, the company has loaned its voices to more than 20 regional, U.S. and international orchestras, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia.
Participants attend rehearsals at several different eastern Pennsylvania locations, driving up to an hour and a half. Founder and artistic director K. Bernard Schade has rigorously trained the young boys in voice techniques and ear training. The musical ensemble follows the Kodaly concept, consisting of singing and choreography.
The company performs a demanding and popular repertoire with a fast-moving format. Audiences and critics have applauded the choir’s imaginative and versatile vocal repertoire.
More information about the Singing Boys of Pennsylvania can be found on their website at www.singingboysofpennsylvania.org.