Emily Harmar, Development Director
Melissa Keylock, Pennsylvania Girlchoir’s
First Full-time Music Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Board of Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY) is thrilled to announce that Ms. Melissa Keylock will be joining the organization as Pennsylvania Girlchoir’s first full-time Music Director, effective August 1. “Melissa brings a staggering wealth of experience with, and a great love for, all things children’s choirs,” states CY Founder and Artistic Director, Steve Fisher. “She is poised to apply her breadth of knowledge, formidable musical talents, and deep passion for making music with young people so that the Pennsylvania Girlchoir can attain even greater choral heights in the years ahead.” Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG) was created in 2004 as the sister choir of Keystone State Boychoir and over the last 13 years has earned a stellar reputation as one of the leading ensembles of its kind in the country.
Keylock will succeed Vincent Metallo, who has served as the part time Music Director of PG for the last six years. “We’ll always be extremely grateful to Vince,” says Fisher. “His impeccable musicianship and high choral standards helped Pennsylvania Girlchoir to blossom in incredible ways during his tenure. For a long time, the board has dreamed of having a full-time PG music director. But Vince’s other commitments precluded him from taking on a larger role. And so we’ve been waiting for the right person to come along, and finally she did. I know Vince wishes Melissa the very best and looks forward to watching PG grow in wonderful ways with full-time leadership.”
For the last ten years, Keylock has served as the Associate Director of the Princeton Girlchoir. Since 2014, she has served as Adjunct Professor at Rider University, supervising graduate music education student teachers. For many years, Keylock worked as Director of Admissions and Recruitment at the American Boychoir School and conducted its community after-school program. Prior to that, she was a conductor at the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Keylock has spent her career in various leadership positions in the American Choral Directors Association. Currently, she serves as its Eastern Division Repertoire and Resources Chair for Youth Choirs. Keylock holds an undergraduate degree in music education from Wheaton College and a master of music in conducting from Butler University. Read Keylock’s full bio here.
By virtue of her position as PG Music Director, Keylock will also serve as Assistant Artistic Director of Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY), working closely with Fisher to transform the lives of young people through the power of making music together. More than 700 singers, half of whom are underserved, take part in Commonwealth Youthchoirs six award-winning programs: Keystone State Boychoir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Find Your Instrument!, Good Mornin’ Music, Garden State Girlchoir, and New Jersey Boychoir. Keylock shares, “It is with great joy that I join the dedicated staff of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir and the larger Commonwealth Youthchoirs family. I’m humbled and excited to have the opportunity to lead this fine Girlchoir, building on the foundation that has been set by Vincent. Onward and upward PG!”
PG has an exciting season of performances ahead. In collaboration with the Keystone State Boychoir, it will perform Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in honor of the composer’s centennial. The CY organization will host Choirs ROCK! Concert, bringing together 10,000 singers for the largest choral concert in US history. To finish out the season, the brother – sister choirs will embark on a concert tour of South Africa where they will represent America at the World Choral Games.
For more information, visit pennsylvaniagirlchoir.org.
Download a publication quality photo of Melissa Keylock, Pennsylvania Girlchoir Music Director, here.