KSB is made up of individual choirs designed to correspond to a boy's age, experience and singer-musicianship.
Trainers are boys who have had no or limited singing experience. Trainers are typically 3rd graders who are 8 years of age; however, boys who are younger or older can be placed in the Trainer program depending on level of singer-musicianship, motor-skill development, and emotional/social maturity. A young man typically spends two semesters as Trainer (Trainer I and Trainer II), but more or less time is possible depending on progress.
Beginning Apprentices are boys who have had limited singing experience. Beginning Apprentices are typically 4th graders who are 9 years of age; however, boys who are younger or older can be placed in the Beginning Apprentice group depending on level of singer-musicianship, motor-skill development, and emotional/social maturity. A young man typically spends one to semester as a Beginning Apprentice, but more time is possible depending on progress.
Advanced Apprentices are boys who have had some singing experience. They are typically 4th graders who are 9 years of age; however, boys who are younger or older can be placed in the Advanced Apprentice group depending on level of singer-musicianship, motor-skill development, and emotional/ social maturity. A young man typically spends one semester as an Advanced Apprentice, but more time is possible depending on progress.
Candidates for Concert Choir
Candidates for Concert Choir are young men who have made it known to the KSB music directors their intention of singing in a professional boychoir throughout their treble years and 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, learning the new repertoire for the current semester. They also rehearse on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 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 young man typically spends one semester as a Candidate, although two semesters are possible depending on progress. Each candidate class is assigned a Greek letter as its official KSB name.
The Concert Choir is for our youngest Jacketed trebles, for older Jacketed trebles who are still developing basic singer-musicianship, or for Jacketed trebles who are advanced singer-musicians but are not able to commit to the Wednesday night Towne Choir rehearsal.
The Towne Choir is for KSB Jacketed Trebles who have decided that they want to sing in a professional boychoir through the 8th grade or until they can no longer sing in their treble voice (which ever comes later), have developed an advanced level of singer-musicianship, are exemplary choristers, and are able to consistently attend a second weekly rehearsal. (Wednesday evenings, 6:00 – 7:45pm)
The Baritone is a young man who is in the voice change and unable to successfully sing in his treble voice any longer or a high school student who can, but does not wish any longer to, sing in his treble voices.
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. So, the music directors create vocal lines for selected pieces of the standard and new repertoire tailored specifically to the Baritone voice. A young man typically becomes a Baritone 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 a Baritone's progress.
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 with the Baritones, during which time they work on passing Candidacy requirements: learning and memorizing the KSB “Standard Repertoire” (including music and movement) and showing proficiency in all areas of KSB Singer-Musicianship. A young man typically spends one semester as a Graduate Candidate, although more semesters are possible depending on progress.
The Graduate Choir is for young tenors and basses who have a desire to sing in a professional boychoir throughout their high school years.
The Chamber Choir is for Jacketed Graduates who have decided that they want to sing in a professional boychoir through the 12th grade, have developed an advanced level of singer-musicianship, are exemplary choristers, and are able to commit to a second weekly rehearsal (Wednesday evenings, 6:45 – 8:30pm). The Chamber Choir makes up the musical nucleus of the Graduate Choir. Therefore, when the Graduate Choir is called, the Chamber Choir is also called, and moreover, is the essential vocal core of the Graduate Choir in any performance.
Any member that misses a rehearsal must attend make-up rehearsal as soon as possible. Make-up rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings at Penn Charter from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. One missed Saturday rehearsal requires two Sunday make-up rehearsals. Missing a Wednesday rehearsal or part of a Saturday rehearsal requires just one make-up rehearsal.
Participation in our annual concert tour is a privilege, which must be earned through commitment to KSB, singer-musicianship, good attendance, and professional behavior throughout the year. Members of the Concert and Graduate Choirs who have completed a year in KSB are eligible to be considered for tour. Generally speaking, candidates for the Concert and Graduate Choirs, Baritones, and newly jacketed members (within the current season) are not eligible for tour. However, the musical directors reserve the right to make exceptions to this policy. All members of the Chamber Choir are automatically invited to sing with the Touring Choir. Invitations for the Touring Choir are sent out around February 1. Extra rehearsals for the Touring Choir begin in April and run from 6 pm to 8 pm on Wednesdays.