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Westrick Music Academy Now Enrolling for Fall Choirs & Classes

Westrick Music Academy Now Enrolling for Fall Choirs & Classes

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Westrick Music Academy (WMA), home of Princeton Girlchoir (PGC) and Princeton Boychoir (PBC), is currently enrolling youth in grades 1 and 2 for their Poco Voce Choir, which will explore new and engaging ways to build and strengthen young musicianship skills. This non-auditioned music class explores the young singer’s voice. During each session, children will focus on tone development and fundamental musical skills through fun and engaging games and activities. The Poco Voce Choir is the perfect opportunity for young musicians to develop their singing voice and musicianship skills. Poco Voce Choir will be every Wednesday from September 29 - December 1

Young musicians also have the opportunity to take individual voice lessons from WMA’s expert teachers in a fun, engaging environment that facilitates learning and encourages musical growth. For musicians in grades 4-12, new to singing or already experienced, individual voice lessons provide the chance to grow the young singers vocal and performance skills. Fall voice lessons are available from September 27 - November 29.

You can find more information on Poco Voce Choir and individual voice lessons at WestrickMusic.org/education.

Princeton Girlchoir and Princeton Boychoir warmly welcome youth in grades 3-12 and of various experience levels to audition for a choir. Both PGC and PBC offer a first-class music education to the choristers who participate in all 10 of their ensembles. Each is specifically designed to be a rewarding experience, maintaining high standards of excellence while developing musical and vocal skills as part of a joyous learning experience. 

A strong desire to learn, a musical ear, and an eagerness to share music with others are key to a successful audition. Despite the many musical opportunities PGC and PBC offer during the year, the auditions remain low-key and enjoyable and no music needs to be prepared in advance. Interested singers have the option to have a live audition via zoom, or submit an audition video. To learn more about the process or to schedule an audition, visit WestrickMusic.org/auditions.  

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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 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.

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, PBC has become the premier extracurricular vocal program for boys in the region. The choir 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, 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. Now in its third season, the Boychoir regularly appears on concert stages throughout the Princeton area and beyond. They have appeared at the Baltimore Boychoir Festival, the International Boy’s and Men’s Choral Festival in Arizona, and will make their Carnegie Hall debut in 2021.

originally published: 09/22/2021

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