KSB Groups

KSB Groups

Boy SingingKSB is made up of different groups based on age, singing experience and level of musicianship.

Trainers

Trainers are boys who love to sing but have had no or limited choral experience. Trainers are typically 3rd graders who are 8 years of age. A boy typically spends two semesters as a Trainer (Trainer I and Trainer II), but more or less time is possible depending on his musical growth. More details about Trainers

Beginning Apprentices

Beginning Apprentices are boys who love to sing and have had some choral experience. Beginning Apprentices are typically 4th graders who are 9 years of age. A boy typically spends one semester as a Beginning Apprentice, but more time is possible depending on his musical growth. More details about Beginning Apprentices

Advanced Apprentices

Advanced Apprentices are boys who have had some singing experience. They are typically 4th graders who are 9 years of age. A young man typically spends one semester as an Advanced Apprentice, but more time is possible depending on progress. More details about Advanced Apprentices

Candidates for Concert Choir

Candidates for Concert Choir are boys who are working towards becoming full-fledged members of the Keystone State Boychoir. Candidates rehearse with the Concert Choir on Saturday mornings from 9:00am – 12:30pm. They also rehearse on Wednesdays from 4:15 – 5:45 pm, during which time they work on passing Candidacy requirements: learning and memorizing both the music and movement of the KSB “Standard Repertoire” (or “Jacket Repertoire”) and showing proficiency in all areas of KSB Singer-Musicianship. Once a Candidate passes the KSB Standard Repertoire and his Singer-Musicianship Evaluation (SME), he is inducted into KSB as a Jacketed member, earning the right to wear the coveted green KSB Jacket. A boy typically spends one semester as a Candidate, although two semesters are possible depending on progress.  More details about Candidates for Concert Choir

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is for our youngest Jacketed Trebles, or for older Jacketed Trebles who are not able to commit to the the more rigorous Towne Choir rehearsal and performance schedule. Concert  Choir rehearses on Saturday from 9:00am to 12:30pm and have several performance opportunities each semester.  More details about Concert Choir

Towne Choir

The Towne Choir is for KSB Jacketed Trebles who have an advanced level  of singer-musicianship. Members of Towne Choir are exemplary choristers who are able to consistently attend a second weekly rehearsal, perform more advanced repertoire and commit to a robust performance schedule.  Towne Choir rehearses on Saturdays  from 9:00am to 12:30pm with Concert Choir, and on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00pm. More details about Towne Choir

The Eight Sopranos

The Eight Sopranos is a highly select group of eight boys chosen from the Towne Choir that meet the highest standards of choral musicianship for boy singers. They rehearse from 12:30 to 1:00pm on Saturdays and from 8:00 to 8:20pm on Wednesday evenings and on the First Friday of the month from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  More details about The Eight Sopranos.

Altones

The Altone is a young man who is in the initial stages of the voice change and is unable to successfully sing in his treble voice any longer. Most boychoirs ask a young man to leave once he is unwilling or unable to access his treble voice. At KSB we believe that a young man can successfully sing through voice change if he is willing and is guided carefully. In fact, singing through the onset of the voice change results in wide-ranged tenors and basses.  A young man typically becomes a Altone in the 9th grade, but could be placed in this group as early as 8th grade and as late as 10th grade. Voice assessments are done periodically throughout the semester to monitor an Altone’s  progress. Altones rehearse on Saturdays from 11:00am to 1:30pm.  More details about Altones

Candidates for Graduate Choir

Candidates for Graduate Choir are young men who are far enough along in the voice change that they can sing safely at performance level in the an adult tenor or bass range. Graduate Candidates spend a semester earning the KSB Graduate pin. Candidates rehearse with the Graduate Choir on Saturdays, learning the new repertoire for the current semester. They also rehearse earlier on Saturday mornings during which time they work on passing Candidacy requirements: learning and memorizing the KSB Graduate “Standard Repertoire” (including music and movement).  A young man typically spends one semester as a Graduate Candidate, although more semesters are possible depending on progress. Graduate Candidates rehearse on Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. More details about Candidates for Graduate Choir

Graduate Choir

The KSB Graduate Choir is made up of high school tenors and basses. They sing an exciting repertoire as an ensemble of young men, and also sing with the KSB Trebles.  Grads rehearse on Saturdays from 11:00am to 2:00pm and have several performance opportunities each semester. More details about Graduate Choir

Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir is for Graduates who are exemplary choristers, are able to consistently attend a second weekly rehearsal, perform more advanced repertoire, and commit to a robust performance schedule.   The Chamber Choir makes up the musical nucleus of the Graduate Choir and rehearses on Saturdays from 11:00am to 2:30pm and on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30pm.  More details about Chamber Choir

Anonymous 8

The Anonymous 8 is a highly select group of eight young men chosen from the Chamber Choir that meets the highest standards of choral musicianship for high school singers. The Anonymous 8 have the opportunity to learn and perform a few challenging, sophisticated pieces each semester.  They rehearse with the Pennyslvania’s Girlchoir’s Anonymous 8 on the first Wednesday of the month before Chamber Choir rehearsal (5:30 to 6:30pm) and on Saturdays at 12:30pm during the Graduate Choir break. More details about Anonymous 8.

Tour Choir

KSB frequently embarks on local, regional, national and international concert tours. Participation in a concert tour is a privilege, which must be earned through commitment to KSB, a high level  of singer musicianship, good attendance, and professional behavior. All members of the Towne and Chamber Choirs are automatically invited to tour assuming they are members in good standing. Tour Choir rehearses with the Towne and Chamber Choirs during the months leading up to a concert tour. More details about Towne Choir