September 8, 2006
The Young Singers of Central Oklahoma choral music program, offered through Oklahoma Baptist University, will have open auditions Sept. 11-23 for boys ages 11-18 with unchanged or changed voices. The auditions are by appointment on the OBU campus.
Dr. Darla Eshelman, OBU associate professor of music education and director of the program, said boys find it difficult to participate in their school or community music programs due to conflicts with sports and other activities. Since choir programs only have a few boys participating, many others shy away from singing completely, she said.
“This is unfortunate, as there are numerous boys in our communities who actually have outstanding singing voices,” said Eshelman. “It is a challenging process to encourage male singers and to instill a sense of pride in choral singing, but it is a task well worth the effort for teachers of choral music.”
The YSCO plans to highlight choral groups which feature many young male singers. Eshelman said YSCO will offer sponsored scholarships for boys interested in performing in the Shawnee community choral program.
To make an audition appointment, contact Eshelman at 878-2314 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Boys will be placed in either the YSCO Concert Choir for advanced treble voices beginning at age 11, or the Youth Chorale for four-part voices beginning at age 13.
“We invite more boys to step forward and take the opportunity to sing, to make valuable contributions in their individual personal and musical growth, as well as to provide enrichment for our community,” said Eshelman.
YSCO offers vocal instruction and performance opportunities for students ages 7-18. Four choirs of various ability and grade levels meet weekly at OBU. The choirs perform music of all styles. Eshelman said choral music excitement and musical excellence for young singers are the primary goals of the program.