I recently did a survey of all our boys, not including our youngest six and seven year old Music Magic boys, asking them what their top reasons were for singing in our choirs and what they would like people to know about them regarding that. Their responses were varied, honest and poignant. Here below, is a sampling of their comments in no particular order.
- I have made a whole lot of friends who are just like me and like the same stuff.
- I just like to sing with other guys and I get a chance to do it every week.
- I have so much more confidence . . . I just feel better about myself when I sing.
- I can communicate with people who I have never met in our concerts and touch their lives in a powerful way.
- Now, I’m not a sissy and besides singing I love to read and play [baseball, basketball, football, golf and swim].
- I get to travel in Tour Choir and I love to travel.
- This place is a chance for me to get away from my Mom for a while.
- I have learned a lot more than just music and how to sing.
- I wasn’t sure about coming to audition, but now I’m so glad I did. It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.
- I know I am not the best singer here, but in our choir all our voices blend so that we sound really awesome.
These, or variations of these, were the most common comments from our over a hundred boys, aged eight to thirteen. The reoccurring theme of many comments were specifically that singing is something boys can do and do well, it’s a lot of work and it’s a lot of fun too, and there are many boys who like to sing.
At a time when there is so much turmoil, stress and pressure in all our lives . . . it’s thrilling and comforting to know that there are so many boys who find joy and solace singing in an all boy choir.
Now, to convince even more boys about this truth!