Boys Chorus holding auditions
Intent on turning boys to men, Julian Ackerley and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus are holding auditions for the group's 75th season. Auditions are open for boys aged 8-12.
Although a musical background is not a prerequisite, boys interested in the study and performance of choral music have many opportunities with the chorus, said Ackerley, the group's director.
Starting with the training chorus, boys may advance to the "TowneSingers," and then to the touring chorus — which performs 50-70 shows a year, a few local and a few not so local. The Boys Chorus ventured to China last June and appeared in 23 shows.
But the intention of the program isn't to demonstrate vocal ability. "We use music as a vehicle for developing social skills. We're called a boys chorus but we try to teach them to be gentleman," Ackerley said in an interview.
Tuition for the spring semester ranges from $68.75 to $88.50 per month depending on which group the boys are placed into. Scholarships are available but a $50 fee is required to register for the financial aid program.
"We don't want anyone to be excluded from the program for financial reasons," Ackerley said..
Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays and Fridays for the training chorus, Mondays and Wednesdays for the "Townesingers," and Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays for the touring chorus, at the group's facility, 5770 E. Pima St.
"We've been able to go for 75 years ... through very tough economic times we've been fortunate enough to have the support of our community," Ackerley said.
Those interested in joining the chorus should contact the group to set up an audition.