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Powerful Performance of “The Children’s March”

Monday, May 15, 2017 : PGBlog

The Children's MArch - animated slide show

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, fifty-four years to the day after the Children’s’ Crusade of Birmingham, Alabama, began, hundreds of young singers from Find Your Instrument! Choir, Keystone State Boychoir, and Pennsylvania Girlchoir continued the message of heroism and hope when they performed The Children’s March at Girard College in Philadelphia. In the 1960s, the Children’s Crusade was a pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement that exemplified bravery by hundreds of children who used non-violent protest in the face arrests and fire hoses. 

The Children’s March was written by two Philadelphia artists: composer Andrew Bleckner and internationally renowned storyteller and librettist Charlotte Blake Alston. A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) helped fund this performance of The Children’s March, which was originally commissioned by Singing City in 2013. Many remember news reports and TV footage of the heroic actions of hundreds of children in the face of police dogs, fire hoses and batons which brought national attention to the Civil Rights Movement and helped end segregation in Birmingham. The youngest marcher, who was jailed for a week, was only 9 years old.

Some of the singers performing at Girard College are the same age as the protesters were at the time. “The message of this piece is powerful,” said Steven Fisher, founder and artistic director of Keystone State Boychoir. He added, “We want our singers to know that they matter, that their voices matter, and that by singing together, they have the power to change the world.”

The Children’s March garnered public attention including articles in The Philadelphia Citizen, The Philadelphia Tribune, and coverage by 6ABC.

 



Great feature on The Children’s March in The Philadelphia Citizen

Thursday, April 27, 2017 : PGBlog, Uncategorized

April 27, 2017

Commonwealth Youthchoirs—which wowed the Pope in 2015—presents “The Children’s March” to commemorate the children of the 1963 Birmingham protest and to inspire young people today

“This work reminds our children of the power of standing up for something they believe in,” says Fisher. “It also reminds the adults that children have a lot of power. We tend to say kids are too idealistic or say, ‘You don’t understand how the world works,’ but back in 1963, when those kids marched against segregation, their idealism worked to everyone’s advantage.”

Read full article.



Tickets Now On Sale! December 4 Holiday Concerts!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 : PGBlog

December 4: PG 2016 Holiday Concerts!

PG Holiday Concert!

Tickets on sale now! Join Pennsylvania Girlchoir for this year’s Holiday Concerts!  Two performances available:

December 4, 2016 | 3:00 pm | purchase tickets for the 3:00 pm performance

December 4, 2016 | 6:00 pmpurchase tickets for the 6:00 pm performance

purchase tickets online until 11:00 am Sunday, then at the door…

Both concerts at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill | 8855 Germantown Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19118



GETMusic Festival January 14 – Learn more!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 : PGBlog

GETMusic Festival

What: A one-day festival for girls grades 4-6 who love to sing, who have found their singing voices, and who have some choral experience.

When: Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm (6:15 pm concert). A second festival is planned for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Where: Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Who: Hosted by the Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG) and led by Festival Conductors Mr. Vincent Metallo and Dr. Elizabeth Parker.

Why: The girls will spend the day singing great music with other girls. When a girl sings with a mass choir of one hundred girls, it is empowering beyond words. Such an experience builds her esteem as a female singer and will motivate her to keep singing in her current choirs and in choirs throughout her life. The GETMusic! Festival will culminate with a concert that will feature the Festival Choir and the world-renowned Pennsylvania Girlchoir. Families and friends are welcome to attend.

Download a flyer (pdf – opens in a new browser window)

Learn more on the GETMusic Festival website!

There’s a Festival for Boys, too!

Do you know a boy who loves to sing?

2017 KSBoychoir Festival!

What: A one-day festival for boys in grades 4-7 with unchanged voices who love to sing, who have found their singing voices and who have some choral experience.

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm (6:15 pm concert). A second festival will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Where: First Presbyterian Church in Germantown (KSB rehearsal home) 35 W. Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Who: Hosted by the Keystone State Boychoir (KSB) and led by its directors, Mr. Joseph Fitzmartin and Mr. Steven Fisher

Why: The boys will spend the day singing great music with other boys. When a boy sings with a mass choir of two hundred boys, it is empowering beyond words. Such an experience builds his esteem as a male singer and will motivate him to keep singing in his current choirs and in choirs throughout his life. The KSBoychoir Festival will culminate with a concert that will feature the Festival Choir and the world-renowned Keystone State Boychoir. Families and friends are welcome to attend.

Download a flyer (pdf – opens in a new browser window)

Learn more on the Festival website!



Know a girl who loves to sing? Open House 9/17!

Monday, September 12, 2016 : PGBlog

 PG Open House!

Know a girl who loves to sing?
Open House this Saturday!

10:00am – 12:00pm

 

Girls in 3rd Grade – 12th Grade

8855 Germantown Ave. | Philadelphia PA 19118
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

Questions? 215.849.1762

download and share the flyer (pdf)



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