By Michael Mancuso
Fred Meads wasn’t going to let August 15, 2017 be the day the music died for young boys who wanted to sing.
When the world-famous American Boychoir School, founded in 1937, closed its doors last year, former staff member Meads didn’t miss a beat.
The lifelong musician and experienced choral director immediately thought of his other employer, the Princeton Girchoir.
Perhaps they could help.
Two months later the newly-formed Princeton Boychoir held its first rehearsal in an upstairs room in Nassau Presbyterian Church.
The choir has grown.
“We had 40 boys to start the (first) year. We’re starting our second year now with almost 60 boys in the entire program,” Meads said. “We’ve gained a lot of interest in the community for the boys to come out and sing.”
The Princeton Boychoir consists of three ensembles: the apprentice choir, treble choir and the young men’s ensemble.
After spending time with the choir at their very first rehearsal in 2017, we caught up with them again at the second rehearsal of their now second season, at Westrick Music Academy, in Princeton Junction.
Even in a generic rehearsal room, the young voices resonate angelically. And no less than while sharply and succinctly executing exercise phrases, like “lips, teeth, tip of the tongue,” in descending notes.
Meads added: “For some of them it’s all brand new. For some of them, they are already pros and they feel very confident.”
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