Boy Singers of Maine
This year, PCM proudly assumed leadership of The Boy Singers of Maine (BSOM), an esteemed organization with over 30 years of history of performing nationally and internationally, including at the White House and with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra. This group provides boys an opportunity to meet peers who love to sing and to engage with a varied repertoire in a collaborative environment. Open to boys ages 7 to 18, the group rehearses from 5:15 to 6:30 on Wednesdays, and enjoys performance opportunities throughout the year. Boys ages 5 to 7 can join the BSOM Prep Choir, which meets Wednesdays from 4:45 to 5:20.
Paul Schnell directs the program. Paul has over 30 years experience teaching music in the public school system, as well as prior experience with BSOM. He also serves as Organist and Assistant Music Director at Woodfords Church. He is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and has wonderful skills in leading children and youth ensembles.
Tuition is $225 per semester for Boy Singers, and $100 per semester for the Prep Choir. Contact Paul Schnell to schedule a Voice Placement Interview upon request. Paul can be reached at email@example.com.
Girl Singers of Maine
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The Girl Singers of Maine Program began in the Fall of 2018 with Director Maria Belva, a long-time choral conductor for both adults and youth. She comes to us from New Hampshire where she founded and for 20 years directed a youth choir in three sections for singers in grades 2 through 12.
Three age groups will each have a distinct musical experience: The Skylarks for grades 2-4, Bella Canta for grades 5-8, and Iris Ensemble for grades 9-12 and modeled after the Chamber Choir of Musica de Filia. Choral repertoire is varied, engaging, and wide-ranging, from the Renaissance to the 21st centuries. Performances are given several times each semester, including a Winter Concert at Woodfords Church. A simple placement audition is required, and singers must be able to match pitch.
The choirs will meet on Tuesdays. The Skylarks from 5pm-6pm, Sisters in Song from 5:00 until 6:15 pm and Iris Ensemble from 6:30 until 8:00 pm. The choirs will occasionally overlap in a rehearsal, so they can join voices in a single piece for the concert program. They will also have performance opportunities with the Boy Singers of Maine.
Tuition for the program is $200 per semester. To join one of the Girl Singers choirs, please fill out an audition form and contact the PCM office to schedule a voice placement audition with Maria Belva.