(PRINCETON JUNCTION, NJ) -- Westrick Music Academy is ready to launch its third year of Camp Westrick, which features voice training and performance with some of the country's leading children's choir directors, musical theater class, daily choir rehearsals, development of musicianship, fun games, and more. Their experienced instructors and counselors create a fun, safe environment offering opportunities for students to develop musical and vocal technique while creating friendships and learning to work together. The week long camp culminates in a celebratory performance of music and skills learned during the week for family and friends.
Camp Westrick will run from Monday, August 2 –Friday, August 6 from 9:00am – 12:00pm and is open to rising 4th through 9th grade boys and girls – there are no audition requirements. The camp location will be announced at a later date, with possibilities for fully virtual, fully in-person or a hybrid of both being considered.
Founded in 1989 as Princeton Girlchoir, the organization has grown over the past 30 years from 27 girls to more than 300 singing in seven choirs. In 2017, the organization added the Princeton Boychoir to its ranks with 50 boys singing in the inaugural season. To accommodate these flagship choirs and additional growing programs, the board announced in January 2018 the creation of a new umbrella organization, Westrick Music Academy, after the founder, Jan Westrick, that would continue to house Princeton Girlchoir and Princeton Boychoir as they currently stand.
For more information about camp, the organization, or to schedule an audition, click here or contact the office at (609) 688-1888.
Westrick Music Academy provides opportunities to grow in a supportive, inclusive, and joyous environment through the experience of musical excellence. Formerly known as Princeton Girlchoir, Westrick Music Academy (WMA) is the new umbrella organization that houses Princeton Girlchoir, 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 in the broader community. With expanded offerings over the coming years, we plan to provide high quality musical experiences for all ability levels and all ages.
Fueled by the power of a girl's voice, Princeton Girlchoir presents extraordinary performances at home and throughout the world, while educating the musician, building confidence, and fostering a life-long love of singing together. Founded in 1989 as an after-school activity for girls interested in choral music, Princeton Girlchoir has grown into the area’s premier training and performance choir for girls, with over 300 choristers participating each year. The organization has seven choirs, comprising girls in 3rd through 12th grade. These choirs present music from a wide array of genres, conductors and composers. While honing their musicianship, choristers begin life-long friendships, enjoy professional performance opportunities, and travel the world.
Princeton Girlchoir has been honored to perform in a wide array of venues for audiences both nationally and internationally. Notable performances include the North American premiere of Tan Dun’s Symphony 1997 with Yo-Yo Ma at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center; multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall; performances for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rush Holt, and Sandra Day O’Connor; performing the national anthem at several professional sporting events; and appearances at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Organization of American Kodály Educators, and NJ Music Educators Association.
Princeton Boychoir develops boys into confident young men of character, through inspired training in singing, music education, and leadership, who share their musical excellence within the community and beyond. Launched in Fall 2017, Princeton Boychoir is poised to become the premier extracurricular vocal program for boys in the region. PBC is composed of boys from third through twelfth grade, who are placed by audition in one of our three ensembles: Apprentice Choir, Treble Choir, and the Young Men’s Ensemble. Singers are placed by ability, matching each boy with the choir that best suits his vocal, artistic, and musicianship level. In addition to striving for musical excellence, choristers in Princeton Boychoir grow in maturity, self-discipline, focus, and leadership.
Although the Boychoir grew from its sister organization, Princeton Girlchoir, and the two choirs share many traits, there is a unique spirit when “boys night” starts every Thursday. Led by Fred Meads, former Director of Vocal Studies at the American Boychoir School and veteran with Princeton Girlchoir, each chorister in Princeton Boychoir strives to be an outstanding musician while developing a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance, challenging him to tap into the best part of who he is and what he can accomplish.