Fort Washington 5th Grader Joins Keystone State Boychoir
Charlie Rudalavage, of Fort Washington Elementary, is receive his green Keystone State Boychoir Jacket during a concert at Penn Charter School.
Ten boys will be rewarded for 16 weeks of hard work by receiving the coveted green Keystone State Boychoir Jacket. Immediately following will be one of two Annual Spring concerts at Penn Charter School’s state-of-the art Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts.
The afternoon concert is the first time these new members, known as “Candidates” are allowed to wear their KSB Jackets.
Charlie Rudalavage, age 11, a 5th grader at Fort Washington Elementary School, is one of the boys who is looking forward to reciting the KSB pledge, after which Charlie's mom, will place the KSB Jacket on him for the first time.
"Joining the Boychoir has been a great experience. I have met a lot of new friends and in June I will achieve my dream of singing on Broadway! As part of a benefit concert, 25 boys from KSB were selected to sing selected songs from Oliver on stage, I can't wait!" said Charlie.
Founded in 2001 and under the direction of Joseph P. Fitzmartin and Steven M. Fisher, KSB consists of more than 160 young men between the ages of eight and eighteen who sing an enthralling repertoire from the classical to the contemporary.
KSB has sung with the region’s most distinguished ensembles, including: Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, for which it serves as its official boychoir. KSB has appeared in the area’s most prominent venues including the Perelman Theater and Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. It has performed by invitation at conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), the Australian Music Educators Society, and the International Society of Music Educators (ISME).
Internationally, KSB has sung in major concert halls around the world, including the Manaus Opera House, the Petronas Philharmonik Hall, and the Hanoi Opera House, as well as in venues throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia, Monaco, France, Germany, Austria, and Bulgaria. KSB is the only choir to have sung on every continent, including Antarctica. In June of 2012, KSB will embark on a concert tour of Norway and the Arctic Circle.
The KSB experience centers on its truly joyful music-making. The vibrant sound of the choir is enhanced by their compelling stage presence. The music directors believe that today’s choral music should be felt, as well as heard, if the art form is to thrive. They have found that when the unique energy of boys is channeled into choral singing of the highest standard, the result is unforgettable performances for audiences and singers alike.
To learn more about Keystone State Boychoir, visit www.keystonestateboychoir.org.