Acclaimed American Boys Choir to Host Free Workshops, Perform at UT October 30

The American Boychoir, one of the nation’s premier choral groups, will present several workshops and a concert at UT on Tuesday, October 30.

The first session will begin at 2:15 p.m. and will include a mini-concert and a workshop on voice building and the male changing voice. The second session will begin at 3:45 p.m. and will include another concert and a workshop on music literacy. The workshops are geared toward area teachers and church directors who have children’s choirs.

All events, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. The UT School of Music is sponsoring the event.

The choir is comprised of boys in grades four through eight who come from different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds from around the United States. They attend the Princeton, N.J.-based American Boychoir School, where they pursue a rigorous musical and academic curriculum. The school is the only nonsectarian boys’ choir school in the nation.

The choir has an active national and international touring schedule and performs with world-class ensembles including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. The group appears regularly as featured artists with James Levine at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and has performed with internationally renowned soprano Jessye Norman, prominent jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, pop diva Beyoncé, and at Carnegie Hall with Sir Paul McCartney.

The choir has been extensively recorded on its own label, Albemarle Records, and broadcast on radio and television, with more than forty-five commercial recordings.

To learn more about the American Boychoir, visit their website.

To learn more about the School of Music, visit the website.

CONTACTS:

Angela Batey (865-974-6649, abatey@utk.edu)

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lalapo@utk.edu)

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