Boychoirs Chair

Melissa Malvar-KelockChairperson:  Melissa Malvar-Keylock

Melissa Malvar-Keylock is Director of Recruitment and Outreach at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ, where she conducts an Apprentice Choir. She is in her seventh year as Associate Director of the Princeton Girlchoir, where she conducts the Semi-Tones and Grace Notes choirs. She is Founder of the Children Making a Difference benefit concert, which in six years has raised over $15,000 for non-profit organizations. Previously, Mrs. Malvar was Director of Satellite and After-School Programs with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and taught public and private school choir, including K-12 vocal music and AP Music Theory. She recently joined the ACDA Eastern Division Board of Directors as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Boy’s Choir. Before this appointment, she served on the NJ board as R&S Chair for Children’s and Youth Choirs. She holds degrees from Wheaton College and Butler University, where she directed the collegiate Women’s Glee Club. Mrs. Malvar completed her Kodály studies at Capital University, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Women. Mrs. Malvar enjoys regularly serving as a guest clinician and presenter at choral conferences and festivals. Her choral compositions with co-writer Jill Friedersdorf have sold over 50,000 copies, and are published with Colla Voce, Chorister’s Guild, and Hal Leonard Publishing. Their songs are regularly performed at state, regional, and national choral festivals/conferences.

Welcome to the Boychoir R&S page! 

There are loads of great resources available, so the following is a mere sample of where you might like to start if you are new to the field or, for the more seasoned, if you looking for a new perspective or just want a refresher.


Publishers of [primarily] treble repertoire that have websites where you can see and hear scores:

Check composers’ websites periodically; here are a few that you might like to visit:

Repertoire lists are available on many organizations’ websites and on the ACDA National website.
and be sure to visit and do a search; it is a great resource

Conducting Skill/Development:

Kenneth H Phillips: Basic Techniques of Conducting. 1997. Oxford University Press

Music Education, Instruction, Performance, Psychology:

Eloise Ristad: A Soprano on Her Head. 1982. Real People Press
Doreen Rao: We Will Sing! Boosey & Hawkes. A collection of standard, mostly easy to moderate repertoire for children; it includes suggested plans for presentation which are a good model for preparation.
Kenneth H Phillips: Teaching Kids to Sing. 1992. Oxford University Press
Polly Carder, editor: The Eclectic Curriculum in American Music Education. 1990. Music Educators National Conference

General Education [since we are ALL teachers!]:

Louis J Rubin: Artistry in Teaching. 1985. McGraw-Hill