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.

Choral Director Shelley Wilcox

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.

Spring 2020 Virtual Performances

Skylarks, Grades 2-4

Bella Canta, Grades 5-8

Iris Ensemble, Grades 9-12

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

Amabile Voices | Boys and Girls Grades 2-4 | Tuition $200
Time: Online Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 pm | 15 Sessions: Sept. 9-Dec. 16 | 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30; 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28; 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25; 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

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

Amabile singers perform unison songs, ostinatos, descants, rounds, and partner songs, as they make friends and work toward common goals.

Our Fall Recital will be a virtual gathering. We hope to be able to hold an in-person recital in the spring, but if not, it will be a virtual gathering.

Come celebrate the beautiful voices of the Boy Singers of Maine and the Girl Singers of Maine.

Anima Voices | Boys and Girls Grades 5-7 | Tuition $200
Time: Online Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm | 15 Sessions: Sept. 8-Dec. 15 | 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29; 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27; 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24; 12/1, 12/8, 12/15

Based on classical pedagogy, our Anima singers work toward healthy voice production in a fun, lively group setting. Sight-singing, foreign language diction, resonance, breathing, vowel formation, 2-part harmony, ear-training, and storytelling are taught within the context of our repertoire. Our singers gain confidence and independence as they make friends, and work toward common goals.

Anima performances include repertoire showcasing our boy’s ensemble and our girl’s ensemble separately, as well as repertoire for our combined choir.

Our Fall Recital will be a virtual gathering. We hope to be able to hold an in-person recital in the spring, but if not, it will be a virtual gathering.

Come celebrate the beautiful voices of the Boy Singers of Maine and the Girl Singers of Maine.

Forse | Young Men and Young Women  Grades 8-12 | Tuition $200
Time: Online Wednesdays, 5:30 -7:00 pm | 15 Sessions: Sept. 9-Dec. 16 | 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30; 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28; 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25; 12/2, 12/9, 12/16

Accommodations will be made  for the flexible scheduling of soloists, small  ensembles, and large  ensembles.

As their relationship with music deepens and their performances become more nuanced, our most advanced singers develop their own musical identities. They perform a repertoire drawn from diverse cultures, styles, and genres, including opera and musical theater. They develop life-long bonds with friends with whom they share common goals.

These young men and women have the opportunity to give back to the greater Portland community through the sharing of their performances with multigenerational audiences.

Our Fall Recital will be a virtual gathering. We hope to be able to hold an in-person recital in the spring, but if not, it will be a virtual gathering.

Come celebrate the beautiful voices of the Boy Singers of Maine and the Girl Singers of Maine.

How to Join

Shelley will host two meet and greet gatherings in the garden of Woodfords Church from 4:00-5:30 pm on Thursday, August 13 and Thursday August 20. The rain date for both witll be Friday, August 21 from 4:00-5:30 pm.

A placement audition will take place online using Zoom to make sure singers can match pitch.