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.
Contact Paul Schnell to schedule a Voice Placement Interview upon request. Paul can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sisters in Song
Sisters in Song is the Portland Conservatory’s young women’s vocal ensemble, conducted by Dr. Carolyn Paulin, with accompanist Eve Sawyer. Choral repertoire is varied, engaging and wide-ranging, from great classical works from the Renaissance, to Bach and Mozart, to choral song from the 19th 20th and 21st centuries, to World Music and vocal jazz. This chorus is for middle school and high school aged young women, and performances are given several times each semester, including a Conservatory Recital at Woodfords Church. A simple placement audition is required, which helps the music director place each singer in the correct vocal part.
Sisters in Song is on hiatus for the Spring 2018 semester. Many of the members are continuing their vocal studies with PCM’s Young Women’s Vocal Techniques course, led by Luette Saul. Registration is ongoing. This weekly, one-hour class is devoted to the basics of healthy singing. Students study proper posture and body alignment and the anatomy of the voice, tone and diction. The class covers different styles and genres of singing – including classical, pop, jazz – as well as some ways to approach music in practice and performance. Students will have an opportunity to learn and perform a variety material in small groups or as a solo. And singers are encouraged to bring songs they want to sing to class! The class meets from 5:00 to 6:00 on Tuesdays, and is open to ages 11 to 18.