During this pandemic, our singers are staying active by participating in semi-weekly Zoom sessions where they can connect with each other and improve their musical abilities. The youngest in the training programs are continuing to learn music theory, vocal technique, and sight-reading; the older choristers in the performing choir are learning new songs and creating “virtual choir” videos.
All singers connect via computer, tablet or phone with internet connection. Anyone who does not have internet connection can contact us for information.
What our singers are saying about virtual rehearsals
“I really like how we are able to connect through this pandemic. It really gives me something to look forward to. And it [prevents] my vocal cords becoming rusty.”
“I like that it is similar to regular rehearsal but almost like a private lesson…I learn a lot about the music by just hearing [our directors] speak [about the music].”
“I enjoy that even though all of this is going on with social distancing and quarantine, we are still able to continue having rehearsal and seeing people…other than our family…It also helps keep me active in singing.”
Moving forward through the pandemic
After our summer break, the new season will begin in September. Training groups (“Beginning and Advanced Cadets”) and the performing choir each meet twice a week. (Click here to view the rehearsal schedule).
Rehearsals will be held via internet conferencing (Zoom) until it is deemed safe for choirs to meet in person again. At that point, rehearsals will resume at the choir building and all safety measures will be taken to ensure the health of our singers and their families. Our facility is conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia, just north of City Hall at 1336 Spring Garden Street. Bus stops, subway stops and parking are all located nearby.
How to audition
Singers can choose to:
1. Schedule an audition with the music director (through Zoom). Click here for information on scheduling an audition.
2. For those who prefer to go through an initial screening first, singers can send a video of themselves singing a song. We will then contact you within two weeks to inform you if you can continue to the final audition. Click here for information on submitting a video.
We will be holding open sessions via YouTube Live in order for parents to meet the directors; learn more about the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the audition process, and virtual rehearsals; and ask any questions they might have. Parents must log-in to their YouTube account if they want to type in any questions. If you do not have a YouTube account, you can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org during the session and we will try to respond in the live video.
The sessions have concluded, but you can watch a video of one of these sessions (June 8) by going to our Philadelphia Boys Choir YouTube channel.