The American Boychoir School may have closed its doors last month, but that doesn’t mean its 20 choral students lack a place to sing. No sooner had the school announced its closure than its female counterpart, the Princeton Girlchoir, announced it was forming a boychoir division.
Hilary K. Butler, executive director of the Girlchoir, said there was strong interest in the new choir from former Boychoir students and others. “We are really excited about being able to bring in boys from the community who haven’t had the advanced opportunity to sing outside of school programs,” Butler said.
Butler said the Girlchoir was quickly organizing auditions and a concert schedule for the upcoming year. Yet to be resolved is the issue of the name of the new choir. “It might be the Princeton Boychoir or it might be something else entirely,” Butler said. “It can only be the boychoir of the Princeton Girlchoir for so long.”
The American Boychoir School was founded in 1937 and was located at several different buildings in Princeton over the years. It left its longtime location, Albermarle, in 2012 due to financial difficulties and moved to St. Joseph’s Seminary in Princeton. In 2015 the school declared bankruptcy, and spent its final years at Rambling Pines Summer Camp in Hopewell.
The Princeton Girlchoir was founded in 1989 as an after-school activity, and this fall will be its first in its own rehearsal facility, at 231 Clarksville Road in West Windsor.
Butler said the boychoir division will consist of both intermediate and advanced groups and would include boys through high school age. Butler said the Girlchoir also planned to expand its educational offerings and add more classes in musicianship and music theory as well as start a choral readiness program for younger children in kindergarten through second grade.
“We’re happy to be bringing in more people,” Butler said.
Princeton Girlchoir, 231 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction 08550. 609-688-1888. Hilary Butler, executive director. www.princetongirlchoir.org.