Apprentice Program


A Unique Opportunity for Boys Who Love To Sing

Click here to download the Apprentice Program Flyer and Application (PDF)

What is the Apprentice Program?

The Apprentice Program is an after-school program that provides boys the opportunity to receive musicianship training, as well as vocal technique instruction, in conjunction with the Training Choir of The American Boychoir School.

When do we meet?

Fall Session 2016: (10/3 through 12/3)
Monday Choir rehearses on Mondays (10/3 - 11/28) from 4:30 - 5:45pm
Closing Combined Concert on Saturday, December 3

Wednesday Choir rehearses on Wednesdays (10/5 - 11/30) from 4:30 - 5:45pm
Closing Combined Concert on Saturday, December 3

  • No rehearsals Thanksgiving Week (November 21 & 23)
  • First 5-10 minutes includes boys socializing in gym while boys are arriving from school
  • December 3 Concert joins the American Boychoir Apprentice Choirs with the Training Choir at Music Together of Hopewell Campus

Spring Session 2017: (3/13 through 5/13)
Monday Choir rehearses on Mondays (3/13 - 5/8) from 4:30 - 5:45pm
Closing Combined Concert on Saturday, May 13

Wednesday Choir rehearses on Wednesdays (3/15 - 5/10) from 4:30 - 5:45pm
Closing Combined Concert on Saturday, May 13

  • First 5-10 minutes includes boys socializing in gym while boys are arriving from school
  • May 13 Concert joins the American Boychoir Apprentice Choirs with the Training Choir at Music Together of Hopewell Campus

How can I join?

All that is needed to join is a brief audition confirming a singer's ability to match pitch. No other training or experience is necessary. Students may submit an online voice check, or may set up an appointment with our teaching staff by emailing mkeylock@americanboychoir.org

Auditions are easy to schedule, and can be completed in just a few minutes by phone or video recording.

A sample audition can be found in the Admissions section of our website by clicking here.

What are the attendance requirements?

Because the program culminates with a performance, boys and their families must commit to attend all rehearsals and the final performance, except for illness or unless other arrangements are approved by the directors.

What will I learn?

Boys receive training in vocal technique, sight reading and music theory. By the end of just one semester, boys will notice a marked improvement in their ability to read, understand and join in the creation of music.

Where do we meet?

All rehearsals take place on The American Boychoir School's campus at Rambling Pines, 174 Lambertville Hopewell Road, Pennington, NJ 08525-2712.

What is the tuition?

Tuition $350 for each session

For additional information please contact:

The American Boychoir School
Office of Admissions
mkeylock@americanboychoir.org

As Director of Vocal Studies, Fred Meads trains choristers of The American Boychoir School through private vocal instruction and classes in music theory. He conducts the Training Choir daily and prepares its members for the musical and social demands of the advanced Concert Choir. He is also on the staff of the Princeton Girlchoir and directs the Quarter Notes. Previously, he served as Artistic Director of the Fort Wayne Children's Choir from 1999-2009.
Melissa Keylock is the Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the American Boychoir, where she conducts and serves as administrator for the after school Apprentice Program. She is in her 10th year with the Princeton Girlchoir, and is adjunct faculty at Rider University. She is a published composer and certified yoga instructor.
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