07/30/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/30/2020 17:58
CINCINNATI, July 28, 2020 - Cincinnati Boychoir is planning a unique and socially-distant fall session designed to engage boys in the Greater Cincinnati area who love to sing, with vocal arts programming and social connection in a virtual environment.
The Boychoir's 9-week fall session will run September 21 to November 16, 2020 and will include virtual rehearsals or a mixture of virtual and modified in-person rehearsals, as public health recommendations permit. Any in-person activities will be made available via live-stream for boys who prefer to stay at home. Choristers will learn general and holiday repertoire, music theory, and receive vocal instruction based on repertoire that is meaningful, representative of diverse cultures, and fun to sing, culminating in a unique virtual performance at the end of the session.
'Planning an engaging and exciting fall season this year caused us to pull out all the creative stops! Flexibility is necessarily the name of the game. Our goal is to offer the personal growth, community engagement, cultural appreciation, and artistry that define the Cincinnati Boychoir, but to do it in a way that minimizes risk for our boys and their families. We'll be able to pivot from a virtual and in-person hybrid to all virtual without missing a beat!
'Repertoire in our fall session will explore themes of light and hope, two things we could all use in our lives these days! We will be working towards a unique and spectacular collaborative performance. An announcement and details about this performance are forthcoming, ' says Artistic Director, Jason Alexander Holmes.
Winter and spring sessions have also been scheduled to begin in January and February, respectively, and their format will be determined later in the season as more information is available regarding health and safety guidelines for safely returning to in-person activities.
Enrollment is open to all boys in grades 3 through 12, and a placement audition is required. Virtual placement auditions are currently scheduled for Monday, August 3 and Thursday, September 3. More information about Boychoir ensembles, pricing, and financial assistance and a registration link is available at www.cincinnatiboychoir.org, or by calling 513-396-7664 (SING).
Jason Alexander Holmes began his current job as Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Boychoir in July 2019. Previously, he served as the Director of Educational Programming at the Boston Children's Chorus where he oversaw the musical and social education of over 400 singers ages 7-18, a rigorous Teaching Fellowship Program, and BCC's robust relationship with area schools. Prior to his time at Boston Children's Chorus, Jason taught students in grades 7-12 at the Rochester (NY) School of the Arts in general music, choir, group voice, and piano, and provided musical direction for several productions. At the core of Jason's teaching and performing is the belief that we are all expressive and musical beings who deserve to witness and participate regularly in moments of truth and beauty.
About Cincinnati Boychoir
The Cincinnati Boychoir is one of the premiere professional boychoirs in the United States with a mission to enhance and deepen every boy's creative expression, community engagement, and cultural appreciation through the vocal arts. Located in the urban arts core of Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center for the Arts,the Boychoir reaches approximately 200 young men each year from more than 90 schools in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
Founded in 1965, the Boychoir meets the needs of each boy who enters the program with a curriculum that teaches not just musical skills but self-discipline, intellectual curiosity, empathy, and a spirit of volunteerism. The organization strives to make the Boychoir accessible to all boys, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic need, so they all have the opportunity to experience the life changing impact of immersive arts participation.
The Cincinnati Boychoir is supported in part by the Louise Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund, the Ohio Arts Council, and by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.
Katie MacDonald, Executive Director