‘Real Men Sing’ workshop March 9 at Mendelssohn Hall

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The Young Naperville Singers Boys Chorus will share the stage with Kantorei — The Singing Boys of Rockford in “Real Men Sing,” a free choral workshop for boys and young men held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at Mendelssohn Hall (formerly First Presbyterian Church), 406 N. Main St.

Boys in sixth through 12th grades with a pleasant singing voice and interest in music are encouraged to attend. Admission is free, and lunch will be served.

This high-energy workshop will lead the participants in active music-making and hone their skills in creating music in an ensemble. Teachers are also welcome to attend, and will benefit from the three clinicians’ combined 50 years of experience on such issues as vocal health and development, the boy’s changing voice, and other topics of interest.

The Young Naperville Singers serves more than 300 singers age 6-18 in eight ability-based choirs. The boychoir division, directed by Ryan Henry, introduces boys to music of myriad styles, cultures and musical periods. It also develops camaraderie so important throughout the lives of young men and allows them to study music selected with their interests and changing voices in mind.

Kantorei — The Singing Boys of Rockford is celebrating its 49th year as “singing ambassadors.” Acclaimed for performances sung with discipline, maturity and sensitivity, the boys have delighted audiences in the community, the nation and around the world. Music directors Joel Ross and Bradley Koloch will also serve as workshop clinicians.

Kantorei is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization that serves boys ages 6-18 in the northern Illinois area. Services are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, creed or socio-economic status. For more information, call (815) 963-2544 or go to www.kantorei.com.

Posted March 6, 2013

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