Hi, all! Hope everything is going well for you and your music programs. I'm posting this on a very drizzly afternoon in Chicago. At least it's not cold out!
I am writing to let you know that the American Boychoir is on a great concert tour of the Midwest. Artistic director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz and the touring choir are amazing- I saw them most recently at the ACDA Southern conference in Jacksonville Florida last early Spring. They blew the audience away with an amazing range of repertoire and extraordinary singing artistry as well as unique stage presentation. It was an absolute treat to hear them. While in Jacksonville I was able to spend some social time with Melissa Malvar-Keylock, Fernando's very talented wife- she is one of the directors at the also very fine Princeton GirlChoir. We both discovered that we are proud germophobes, opening doors with our elbows or forearms, etc. It's how smart singers don't get sick- so we don't mind if someone laughs at us. I get sick about zero-one times during flu and cold season- so there!
I also have a connection with the Boychoir since the very talented Fred Meads is the director of the training choir. Fred commissioned me to write some pieces for the Fort Wayne Children's Choir a few years ago when he directed there. Two of the pieces are published in Janet Galvan' s wonderful treble series with Roger Dean/Lorenz. I had a great time in Fort Wayne with Fred and his choirs there and even went and visited the grave of Johnny Appleseeed. Yes, Johnny, real name of John Chapman, is buried in a tiny little cemetery in Fort Wayne, surrounded on all sides by zooming car traffic, poor guy!
|Johnny loved his apples! Note the offerings!|
If you live in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and especially Minnesota (where they will spend the most time) get thee to one of their concerts! You won't regret it- the Boychoir is AMAZING!
Hey, if you'd like to receive comp single copies of the treble pieces I wrote for Fred, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a quick view of their schedule just below and here is a link to their website.