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placeholder  March 5, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA

About 150 boys participated in the annual Boys Can Sing, Too! event at All Saints Parish
in Hayward.

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Camp shows boys can sing

The Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers will hold its annual resident summer music camp at the Diocesan Youth Retreat Center in Lafayette from July 29-Aug. 11. The camp, which will feature musical instruction and choir rehearsal, also includes opportunities for sports, hiking and quiet time for reflection and rest.

Participants boys age 7 12 are asked to make a pre-camp audition for vocal placement in the choir program by contacting Steven Meyer at 510-887-4311. Meyer, a GGBCB founder, serves as the group's artistic director.

A day camp program will also be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday for the 13-day session.

The GGBCB is a music program with a focus on boy choir training. Boys ranging in age from 6 to 12 years old or boys with changed voices from 13 to 18 years old are accepted into the choir for a probationary three-month period. The young singer and his family use this opportunity to evaluate the music program and determine if they can balance choir commitment and family life.

On Feb. 24, about 150 boys took part in the choir's annual Boys Can Sing,Too! event at All Saints Parish in Hayward.

Boys from different schools including St. Joseph, Fremont; St. Clement, Hayward; St. John, San Lorenzo; Sts. Leander and Felicitas, Hayward; St. Mary's, Walnut Creek; and St. Vincent de Paul, San Francisco, and many from home school families, participated, said Barbara Pinto-Choate, music teacher and director of music ministry at St. Michael's in Livermore.

The boys practiced in breakout sessions and produced a concert by the afternoon, she said. Boys reach an age where they think it's "uncool" to sing, she said; camps and training events encourage them to know singing can be a wonderful part of their lives.

For additional information visit the choir's webpage at www.ggbc.org or request information via an e-mail to ggbcbr@aol.com, or phone 510-887-4311 or 415-431-1137.

 
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