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!

Youth 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 Youth 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. The first two sessions will take place at PCM’s existing location on the 3rd floor of Woodfords Church (202 Woodford St.) in the Theory Room.  Beginning the third week, all classes will be held at PCM’s new location at 28 Neal St. in the Performance Hall.

My Friends and I Sing | For Boys and Girls Grades K-1 and 2 | Tuition: $170, Singer’s mask fee: $20

Wednesdays: 4 – 4:30 pm | 17 Sessions: Jan. 12 – May 18 |  1/12, 1/19, 1/26; 2/2, 2/9, 2/16; 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30; 4/6, 4/13, 4/27; 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 | Location: Performance Space

Welcome! My Friends and I Sing is a group class that nurtures a love of singing.

The musical concepts experienced by our young singers become the building blocks for our Youth Choral Program.

Our repertoire is drawn from diverse cultures, styles and movement experiences. As we learn new songs, we develop the skills necessary to use our voices in beautiful, exciting and creative ways.

We sing, we incorporate poetry and movement, we meet new friends, we laugh and experience the joy of singing together.

We conclude our semester with a Greatest Hits Songfest for family and friends. Please join us.

Amabile Voices |For Boys and Girls Grades 3-5 | Tuition: $225, Singer’s mask fee: $20

Wednesdays: 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm | 17 Sessions: Jan. 12-May 18 | 1/12, 1/19, 1/26; 2/2, 2/9, 2/16; 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30; 4/6, 4/13, 4/27; 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 | Location: Performance Space

Based on classical pedagogy, our singers work toward healthy voice production in a fun, inclusive setting.

Posture, breathing, diction, blend, melodic and rhythmic patterns, meter, dynamics, storytelling and beginning stage presence are introduced within the context of our recital 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 Spring Recital.

  • A brief placement audition is required for new students.

Con Anima Voices | For Boys and Girls Grades 6-8 | Tuition: $225, Singer’s mask fee: $20

Mondays: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm | 17 Sessions: Jan. 10 – May 23 | 1/10, 1/24, 1/31: 2/7, 2/14, 2/18; 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28; 4/4, 4/11, 4/25; 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 | Location: Performance Space

Based on classical pedagogy, our singers work toward 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 recital repertoire.

Our choristers gain confidence and independence as they make friends and work toward shared goals.

We conclude our semester with a performance in PCM’s Spring Recital.

  • A brief placement audition is required for new students.

Every Voice Youth Ensemble | For Young Men and Young  Women Grades 9-12 | Tuition: $225, Singer’s mask fee: $20

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm |17 Sessions: Jan. 10 – May 23  | 1/10, 1/24, 1/31; 2/7, 2/14, 2/28; 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28; 4/4, 4/11, 4/25; 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 | Location: Performance Space

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 Spring Recital.

  • A brief placement audition is required of new students.

How to Join

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