About Keystone State Boychoir
Keystone State Boychoir channels the unique energy of boys into joyful music-making of the highest level, creating unforgettable choral experiences for both performers and audiences.
Under the direction of Music Director Joseph P. Fitzmartin and Associate Music Director Steven M. Fisher, Keystone State Boychoir (KSB) consists of more than 150 young men between the ages of eight and 18 who sing an enthralling repertoire from the classical to the contemporary. Major choral works that KSB has performed include Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Britten's St. Nicolas, and the Fauré Requiem. The Philadelphia Inquirer review declared KSB's performance in the Bach St. Matthew Passion "excellent." In 2010, KSB made its debut with the American Choral Director's Association at the Eastern Division Conference in Philadelphia. The Boychoir's performance received rave reviews from some of the most respected choral personalities in the United States who were in attendance. Today, KSB is counted among the the finest, most successful community-based boychoir choral programs in the country.
KSB has sung with the region's most distinguished ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Singers, and at the region's most prominent venues, including Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. KSB has performed internationally at the Manaus Opera House in Brazil, the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam, and the Petronas Philharmonik Hall in Malaysia, as well as in venues throughout Alaska, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia., Monaco, France, Germany, Austria, and Bulgaria. In December 2009, KSB embarked on a concert tour of Chile as an official part of the country's 200th anniversary celebrations. While in Chile, the boys had the honor of presenting President Michelle Bachelet with Philadelphia's Liberty Bell as a birthday gift to Chile on behalf of the United States. The concert tour included an excursion to Chile's Frei Base on King George Island, Antarctica. There the boys sang for scientists from five countries, giving KSB the distinction of bringing the choral arts to the seventh continent for the first time. In doing so, KSB made history as the first choir to have sung on every continent.
The KSB experience centers on its truly joyful music-making. The vibrant sound of the choir is enhanced by its compelling and energetic stage presence. Fitzmartin and Fisher believe that today's choral music must be seen and felt, as well as heard, if the art form is to continue to thrive and to attract new audiences.
Keystone State Boychoir and its sister-choir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, are members of Commonwealth Youthchoirs, founded in 2001 by Joseph P. Fitzmartin and Steven M. Fisher. Under the leadership of Executive Director Susan S. Ashbaker, this non-profit organization is committed to offering exemplary choral music education and performance opportunities to young people from diverse economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, while nurturing leadership skills, building character and encouraging self-discipline.
The KSB experience centers on its truly joyful music-making. The vibrant sound of the choir is enhanced by its compelling and energetic stage presence. Fitzmartin and Fisher believe that today’s choral music must be seen and felt, as well as heard, if the art form is to continue to thrive and to attract new audiences.
The Mission of Keystone State Boychoir and its sister-choir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, is to provide superior choral music education and performance opportunities for young people from diverse economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds and to pursue artistic excellence that inspires performers and audiences alike.
Our rehearsal home is the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown (FPCG). We rehearse in the church's beautiful, acoustically marvelous sanctuary. We also have use of a kitchen and eating room for Saturday birthday celebrations, and a gymnasium where KSB singers can play basketball, foosball, and shuffleboard during break-time. There is a spacious lounge where parents may wait. The administrative office for Commonwealth Youthchoirs is also at FPCG.
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