Keystone State Boychoir

Keystone State Boychoir

The [ Keystone State Boychoir] is proud to be Pennsylvania's Boychoir.

Under the direction of Music Director Joseph P. Fitzmartin and Associate Music Director [Steven M. Fisher] , the Keystone State Boychoir (KSB) consists of more than 140 young men between the ages of 8 and 18 who sing an enthralling repertoire from the classical to the contemporary.

Major choral works that KSB has performed include Orff’s "Carmina Burana", Handel’s "Messiah", Mendelssohn’s "Elijah", Britten’s "St. Nicolas", and Fauré’s "Requiem". The Philadelphia Inquirer review declared KSB’s 2003 performance in Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" with the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia at Verizon Hall to be “excellent.”

KSB has sung with the region’s most distinguished ensembles, including the [ Philadelphia Orchestra] , the [ Opera Company of Philadelphia] , and the Philadelphia Singers, and at the region’s most prominent venues, including the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. KSB has performed internationally at the Manaus Opera House in Brazil, the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam, the Petronas Philharmonik Hall in Malaysia, La Madeline in France, Hall Bulgaria, and in venues throughout Alaska, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, Monaco, Germany, and Austria. The Boychoir has been the guest choir for July 4th celebrations in the US Embassies of Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Vienna, and Sofia.

The [KSB] experience for its singers and audiences centers on truly joyful music-making. The angelic sound of a boychoir is enhanced by a vibrant, compelling stage presence. Fitzmartin and Fisher believe that today’s choral music must be seen and felt, as well as heard, if the art form is to continue to thrive and to attract new audiences.

The [ Keystone State Boychoir] and its sister-choir, the [ Pennsylvania Girlchoir] , are member-choirs of the [ Commonwealth Youthchoirs] , founded in 2001 by [Joseph P. Fitzmartin] and [Steven M. Fisher] . Under the leadership of Executive Director Susan S. Ashbaker, this non-profit organization is committed to offering world-class choral music education and performance opportunities to young people from diverse economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, while nurturing leadership skills, building character and encouraging self-discipline.

To learn more about the world-renowned Keystone State Boychoir, visit []

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Joseph Fitzmartin — Joseph Joe Fitzmartin was born in 1943 in Philadelphia and studied piano, organ and music theory privately for twelve years before studying composition and conducting at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Joe’s first major post was at Girard …   Wikipedia