Boy and Girl Singers of Maine - Portland Conservatory of Music

The purpose of our choirs is to provide opportunities for young singers to come together, and create beautiful music safely, inclusively, and in community.

We are excited to announce that we will be starting an adult choir in the fall. Please stay tuned for details!

Choral Director Shelley Willcox

Shelley Willcox, Choral DirectorShelley recently moved to Portland from Great Neck, New York, where she taught vocal music in the Great Neck Public Schools for many years. Her choirs have performed in schools, community events, and benefit concerts.  She also prepared her vocal students for solo adjudications (New York State School Music Association Festival) and All-County choral performances.  Shelley spent summers directing and accompanying children’s musical theater productions and performing in regional choirs.  She holds a B.S. in Music Education from New York University and a M.M.E. from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York.

About Our Choirs | Boy Singers of Maine & Girl Singers of Maine

In 2017, PCM proudly assumed leadership of the Boy Singers of Maine (BSOM), an esteemed organization with over 30 years of performing nationally and internationally, including at the White House and with the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra.

The Girl Singers of Maine (GSOM) started in 2016-17. The choir was earlier known as the Sisters in Song.

Both choirs offer young singers an opportunity to meet others who love to sing and to learn the finest musical repertoire in a welcoming environment.

Boy Singers of Maine

Spring 2021 Choral Concert

Our Choral Group Classes | Boy Singers of Maine & Girl Singers of Maine

Starting in September, our youth choirs will be returning to in-person classes. All classes will be held in The Sanctuary at PCM’s new location at 28 Neal Street in Portland.

My Friends and I Sing | For Boys and Girls Grades K-1 | Tuition: $170 (includes $20 singer’s mask fee)
Wednesdays: 4 – 4:30 pm | 15 Sessions: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29; 10/6, 10/13, 10/20; 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24; 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 | Location: The Sanctuary

Welcome! My Friends and I Sing is a group class that nurtures a love of singing. Our repertoire is drawn from diverse cultures, styles and movement experiences. As we learn new songs, we develop the music skills necessary to use our voices in beautiful, exciting and creative ways.

We sing, we incorporate movement, we meet new friends, we laugh and we experience the joy of singing together. We conclude our semester with a Greatest Hits Songfest for family and friends. Please join us.

  • No audition is required
  • Singer’s masks will be provided and are required for each student to wear to participate in My Friends and I Sing.

Meet and Greets will be held on Aug. 9 and 11 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in the Theory room at Woodfords Church.

Amabile Voices | For Boys and Girls Grades 2-5 | Tuition: $220 (includes $20 singer’s mask fee)
Wednesdays: 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm | 15 Sessions: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29; 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, (10/29 optional Zoom rehearsal 4:15 pm – 5 :15 pm); 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24; 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 | Location: The Sanctuary

Based on classical pedagogy, our singers work toward healthy voice production in a fun, inclusive group setting. Posture, breathing, diction, blend, melodic and rhythmic patterns, meter, dynamics, storytelling and beginning stage presence are introduced within the context of our diverse repertoire.

Our choristers learn unison songs, ostinatos, rounds, descants and partner songs as they make friends and work toward shared goals. We conclude our semester with a performance in PCM’s Fall Recital.

  • Singer’s masks will be provided and are required for each student to wear to participate in Amabile Voices.
  • A brief placement  audition is required before registering for the Fall 2021 Semester. Please contact Shelley Willcox to schedule your audition.

Meet and Greets will be held on Aug. 9 and 11 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in the Theory room at Woodfords Church. Shelley will also be on hand for auditions prior to and after the Meet and Greets: 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

Con Anima Voices | For Boys and Girls Grades 6-8 | Tuition: $220 (includes $20 singer’s mask fee)
Mondays: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm | 15 Sessions :  9/13, 9/20, 9/27; 10/4, (10/15 optional Zoom rehearsal 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm), 10/18, (10/29 optional Zoom rehearsal 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm) ; 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29; 12/6, (12/10 optional Zoom rehearsal 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm), 12/13 | Location: The Sanctuary

Based on classical pedagogy, our singers work towards healthy voice production in a fun, inclusive setting. Posture, breathing, diction, resonance, blend, sight-singing, two-part harmony, expression and stage presence are taught within the context of our diverse repertoire.

Our choristers gain confidence and independence as they make friends and work toward common goals.  We conclude our semester with a performance in PCM’s Fall Recital.

  • Singer’s masks will be provided and are required for each student to wear to participate in Con Anima Voices.
  • A brief placement audition is required before registering for the Fall 2021 Semester. Please contact Shelley Willcox to schedule your audition.

Meet and Greets will be held on Aug. 9 and 11 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in the Theory room at Woodfords Church. Shelley will also be on hand for auditions prior to and after the Meet and Greets: 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

Every Voice Youth Ensemble | For Young Men and Young  Women Grades 9-12 | Tuition $220 (includes $20 singer’s mask fee)
Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm |15 Sessions: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27; 10/4, (10/15 optional Zoom rehearsal 5:30 – 6:30 PM), 10/18 (10/29 optional Zoom rehearsal 5:30 – 6:30 pm); 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29; 12/6 (12/10 optional Zoom rehearsal 5:30 – 6:30 pm), 12/13 | Location: The Sanctuary

Based on classical pedagogy our singers work toward healthy voice production in a lively, inclusive group setting. As their relationship with music deepens, and their performances become more nuanced, our most advanced choristers perform a repertoire drawn from diverse cultures, styles and genres, including opera and musical theater.

Members of our Youth Ensemble will have the opportunity to participate in performances throughout the greater Portland community. We conclude our semester with a performance in PCM’s Fall Recital.

  • Singer’s masks will be provided and are required for each student to participate in Every Voice Youth Ensemble.
  • A brief placement audition is required before registering for the Fall 2021 Semester. Please contact Shelley Willcox to schedule your audition.

Meet and Greets will be held on Aug. 9 and 11 from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in the Theory room at Woodfords Church. Shelley will also be on hand for auditions prior to and after the Meet and Greets: 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm.

How to Join

For more information or if you are interested in joining our youth choirs, please email Shelley Wilcox, Choral Director.