Princeton Girlchoir Presents Annual Children Making a Difference Benefit Concert Online November 13-14



originally published: 10/29/2021

(PRINCETON, NJ) – The 14th annual Princeton Girlchoir (PGC) Children Making a Difference benefit concert video will air on Saturday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 14 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets, which cost $ 15, and streaming information are available on the Westrick Music Academy (WMA) website.

The Children Making a Difference benefit concert empowers singers to make a difference by using their time and talents to help others. Each year the benefit concert raises funds for a different charity in our community and raises awareness of the services provided by the nonprofit. This year’s charity is Princeton Mobile Food Pantry, whose mission is to provide food and other support to underserved members of the Princeton, NJ community. Donations to purchase non-perishable baked goods for the holidays can be made at Princeton Mobile Food Pantry.

This special concert, led by PGC Artistic Director Dr. Lynnel Joy Jenkins, will feature all seven choirs from Princeton Girlchoir. The concert will feature the song Sing my soul, by Marques LA Garret, who calls our souls to sing. PGC will perform music in which joy comes from the depths of our hearts, minds and souls.

The girls of PGC are between 8 and 18 years old. Selected by audition, they come from many schools in central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania and attend weekly rehearsals where they find their voice, gain self-confidence and develop an ongoing love for singing. together.

Princeton Girlchoir is a program of Westrick Music Academy, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. You can find more information about the Princeton Girl Choir’s Children Making a Difference benefit concert on Westrick Music Academy’s website.

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Westrick Music Academy provides opportunities to grow in a supportive, inclusive and joyful environment through the experience of musical excellence. Formerly known as Princeton Girlchoir, Westrick Music Academy (WMA) is the umbrella organization that houses: Princeton Girlchoir, Princeton Boychoir, and music education programs.

The music education programs offered by WMA are designed to serve both members of the organization’s flagship choirs and those of the community at large.

Fueled by the power of a girl’s voice, Princeton Girls Choir presents extraordinary performances at home and across the world, while educating the musician, building confidence and fostering a love of singing together for life. Founded in 1989 as an after-school activity for girls interested in choral music, Princeton Girlchoir has grown into the region’s premier girls training and performance choir, with over 300 choir singers participating each year. The organization has seven choirs, comprising girls from grades 3 to 12. These choirs feature music from a wide range of genres, from conductors and composers. While honing their musical talent, backing vocalists form lifelong friendships, take advantage of professional performance opportunities, and travel the world.

Princeton Girlchoir has been honored to perform in a wide range of venues for national and international audiences. Notable performances include the North American premiere of Tan Dun’s Symphony 1997 with Yo-Yo Ma at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center; several appearances at Carnegie Hall; performances for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rush Holt and Sandra Day O’Connor; sing the national anthem at several professional sporting events; and conference appearances for the American Choral Directors Association, the Kodály Organization of American Educators, and the NJ Music Educators Association.

Princeton Boy’s Choir transforms boys into confident and strong young men through inspired training in song, music education and leadership, who share their musical excellence within the community and beyond. Launched in the fall of 2017, PBC has grown into the region’s premier after-school singing program for boys. The choir is made up of boys in grades 3 through 12, who are auditioned into one of our three ensembles: Apprentice Choir, Treble Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble. Singers are placed by ability, matching each boy with the choir that best suits his vocal, artistic and musical level. In addition to striving for musical excellence, the choristers of the Princeton Boychoir gain maturity, self-discipline, focus and leadership.

Although the Boychoir originated from its sister organization, Princeton Girlchoir, and the two choirs share many traits, there is a unique spirit when “Boys’ Night” begins every Thursday. Led by Fred Meads, each backing vocalist of the Princeton Boychoir strives to be an exceptional musician while developing a sense of balance and self-confidence through education and performance, challenging them to tap into in the best part of who he is and what he can accomplish. Now in its third season, The Boychoir regularly appears on concert stages throughout the Princeton area and beyond. They have appeared at the Baltimore Boychoir Festival, the International Boy’s and Men’s Choral Festival in Arizona, and will debut at Carnegie Hall in 2021.


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