Philadelphia Boys Choir boot camp underway to get auditioners red blazer-ready

Young boys must learn and perfect 12 pieces of music to join the choir

Shara Dae Howard
August 13, 2018 - 6:04 pm
Philadelphia Boys Choir boot camp participants

Shara Dae Howard | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Boys Choir is holding its annual audition process for young hopefuls looking to sing along who are between the ages of 7 and 12.

The boys are going through Candidate Boot Camp this week, where they will finish learning 12 pieces of music that they must perfect in order to earn their red blazers.

Talented boys from around the region are being put to the test by choir Director Jeffrey Smith to determine who will earn the covetted blazers.

"The boys are very excited about today and the whole week becuase they've been praticing hard for the past month and a half on 12 songs that they've go to learn," he said. "This is the real test."

The boys rehearsed the dozen songs, including "The Star-Spangled Banner," of which Smith conducted them from OK to red blazer-ready.

"They're in blazer camp to learn 12 songs" to prepare for fall testing, noted Associate Director John Stroud. "In September and October, they will sing all 12 songs from memory."

The boys will soon go through those solo auditions. After performing the dozen by heart, "they have earned their blazer and place in the performing choir," Stroud said.