Dr. Mark Boyle
Men’s Choir R&S Chair
Recently I had the privilege of conducting the Mucho Macho Choral Festival–designed to get 6th through 9th grade young men excited about choral singing–and I decided to take some time to have these choristers share why that sang in choir. It was eye opening that these young singers felt so free to share such personal insight with a group of strangers.
I then did the same thing with a group of 150 middle schoolers in the Wisconsin Middle Level All State Choir–a fine SATB ensemble made up of 7th and 8th grade singers. They each shared from their heart, and I decided to write a blog post about the experience.
One young musician, Scedra, had many of us crying with her answer to the question ‘Why do you sing in choir?” Beyond the music, it’s our job to create a safe space for our musicians. Singing is such a personal art form; if you don’t feel safe, you won’t offer music filed with emotion, passion, and honesty.