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25 Years of Empowering Young Singers: Princeton Girlchoir celebrates with an historic anniversary concert

For Immediate Release
May 2, 2014 
Contact: Hilary Butler, Executive Director
Telephone: 609-688-1888
hbutler@princetongirlchoir.org

25 YEARS OF EMPOWERING YOUNG SINGERS: 
Princeton Girlchoir celebrates with an historic anniversary concert 

This season Princeton Girlchoir celebrates 25 successful years as an organization that has fostered the love of singing in young girls. The season will culminate in an historic 25th Anniversary Celebration concert on June 1, featuring performances by all six of the choir’s ensembles, with a special appearance by a choir of alumnae from across the country.

To commemorate this special anniversary, composer Ryan Brechmacher was commissioned to create a new work for the choir.  This delightful composition titled A Life of Song, which also happens to be the theme of the celebration, embodies what Princeton Girlchoir has meant to its many choristers over the years.  Since its inception in 1989, by Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Jan Westrick, Princeton Girlchoir’s leadership has nurtured and supported girls to thrive and blossom into confident, empowered young women through music. 

This element of transformation is a central part of Princeton Girlchoir’s success as an organization. As Lynell Jenkins, Artistic Director and Conductor of Concert Choir notes:  “I like to see our art be a verb.”  Her emphasis on the active, vibrant aspect of art, the “ing” of singing together sharing experiences, and learning together is crucial to the experience of the choristers.  This idea of young girls engaging in artistic activity that is dynamic, alive and open-ended allows for growth on many levels because Art, in this case, making music, is a beautiful, fluid process not a static form.  As the choristers gain proficiency in their art and move into more advanced choirs, they also grow intangibly, in their creativity and their spirit.  To quote a line from the newly commissioned A Life of Song: “Music fills my heart, grows my spirit to be strong.” 

Princeton Girlchoir’s growth is evident in their work and reputation as one of the country’s premier training and performance choirs.  Highlights of the year include singing for both the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, performing the national anthem at the Jets game, and the choir’s premiere performance at Carnegie Hall.  The choristers have also had performances in Massachusetts, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and will end the season with an upcoming summer tour to Trinidad.  An impressive record for an organization that started as an after-school activity with 27 girls and now has more than 500 alumnae across the country and around the world.

Many of these alumnae will travel to Princeton to sing once again as part of the Princeton Girlchoir with the alumnae choir at the 25th Anniversary Celebration. This concert promises to be a delight for audiences of all ages.  Listening to the Girlchoir is always enjoyable; as Ryan Brechmacher observes: “Everybody in the organization seems to embody the joy of making music together….it makes me want to keep coming back.”

The concert will take place Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 4:00pm at the Patriot’s Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ.

Tickets are available at www.princetongirlchoir.org or by calling 866-967-8167.

For further information on the concert or auditions for the coming season, please contact Princeton Girlchoir at 609-688-1888, or visit www.princetongirlchoir.org.

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More About the Princeton Girlchoir

Where girls make beautiful music, and music makes beautiful girls 

The choir that Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Jan Westrick started in 1989 as an after-school activity for a small number of girls interested in choral music has grown into the area's premier training and performance choir for over 250 girls aged 8 to 18. To date, Princeton Girlchoir's alumnae number more than 500 young women, many of whom continue to sing in their schools, churches, communities and on professional stages around the world.

Princeton Girlchoir presents a wide array of musical genres, conductors and composers. While honing their musicianship, our choristers begin life-long friendships, enjoy professional performance opportunities, and travel the world.

We are a family of six choirs, beginning with third-graders and including girls through their high-school years. Choristers from towns throughout Central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania come together each week from September through May to rehearse, and they perform some four to twenty concerts throughout the year, depending upon their choir level. Members of the Performing Division choirs may also take part in the annual summer tour.

Fueled by the power of a girl's voice, Princeton Girlchoir presents extraordinary performances at home and throughout the world, while educating the musician, building confidence, and fostering a life-long love of singing together. 

Now Scheduling Auditions for 2014-2015 Season

Cantores Rehearsal

For Immediate Release
March 4, 2014
Contact: Hilary Butler, Executive Director
Telephone: 609-688-1888
hbutler@princetongirlchoir.org

 

Princeton Girlchoir Now Scheduling Auditions for 2014-2015 Season

Princeton Girlchoir (PGC) is now accepting audition appointments for the 2014-2015 season.  Any girl who will be entering grades 3-12 next fall is warmly welcomed.

The 2014-2015 season promises to be an exciting one, with concerts planned throughout the East Coast. The Performing Division choirs will also embark on a summer concert tour, with the location soon to be announced. Recent tours have taken the choirs to Hawaii, Colorado, Austria and the Czech Republic, in addition to this year’s trip to Trinidad.

In addition to these performance opportunities, PGC offers a first-class music education to the choristers who participate in all six of their ensembles. Girls who have trained with PGC are regularly accepted into prestigious University music programs across the country. While most of PGC’s alumnae go on to successful careers outside of music, all benefit from the discipline, community, and female empowerment that has been the hallmark of Princeton Girlchoir for 25 years.

A strong desire to learn, a musical ear, and an eagerness to share music with others are key to a successful audition. Despite the many musical opportunities PGC offers during the year, the auditions remain low-key and enjoyable and no advance preparation is required. This year, girls will be asked to sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," along with some exercises that demonstrate their vocal range, and to complete a few musical challenges to help our music directors understand their current level of musical ability.

Auditions for new choristers are scheduled for March 15, March 29, and June 14, at Princeton Day School; however, PGC will work with families who are unable to attend auditions on that date, to find an alternative. Interested choristers may also wish to attend Princeton Girlchoir’s 25th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, June 1 at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, where they can hear all six ensembles of the Princeton Girlchoir perform.

To schedule your audition and download an application, visit www.princetongirlchoir.org/join. For more information, please contact the Princeton Girlchoir office at 609-688-1888 or auditions@princetongirlchoir.org. You can also visit their website at www.princetongirlchoir.org.

 

More About the Princeton Girlchoir

The choir that Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Jan Westrick started in 1989 as an after-school activity for a small number of girls interested in choral music has grown into one of the country’s premier training and performance choirs for approximately 250 girls each year, aged 8 to 18. To date, Princeton Girlchoir's alumnae number more than 450 young women, many of whom continue to sing in their schools, churches, communities and on professional stages around the world.

Princeton Girlchoir presents a wide array of musical genres, conductors and composers. While honing their musicianship, our choristers begin life-long friendships, enjoy professional performance opportunities, and travel the world.

We are a family of six choirs, beginning with third-graders and including girls through their high-school years. Choristers from towns throughout Central New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania come together each week from September through May to rehearse, and they perform some four to twenty concerts throughout the year, depending upon their choir level. Members of the Performing Division choirs may also take part in the annual summer tour.

The Princeton Girlchoir makes powerful, graceful and joyous music, and music makes powerful, graceful and joyous girls. We are dedicated to presenting extraordinary treble music, while building artistry, confidence, and a life-long love of singing together.

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