Auditions for Spring beginning NOW,
A Message from the Artistic Director
Hello! It is truly an honor to be selected as the new Artistic Director for the Pittsburgh Boy Choir. I am looking forward to meeting and working with each of the young men who are already a part of the group, as well as welcoming new members this fall.
I am excited to be a part of this growing organization that focuses on developing the lives of young men through singing. My own involvement in singing began when I was five years of age, and I knew immediately it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Not only is singing my favorite thing to do, but leading others in singing has been my life’s profession. So few people in this world get to do what they love as their life’s work. I’m a very lucky man!
With over 40 years of experience in helping young people become better singers, I am certainly looking forward to working closely with the young men, Artistic Staff and Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Boy Choir (PBC). The PBC provides a wonderful opportunity for boys to learn to use vocal music as a means of artistic expression and aesthetic communication.
The products of music ensembles are collective ones. The quality of each person’s contribution to the group’s final product is of primary focus. This dynamic reinforces concepts like “A chain is no stronger than it’s weakest link” and “We cannot move forward unless everyone moves forward.” These principles become obvious realities that are verbally reinforced and demonstrated during every rehearsal and performance.
Intrinsically, music study helps students create an aesthetic means for expressing the thoughts, ideas, and feelings for which we have no linguistic means of communicating. Extrinsically, the study of music helps students develop the self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation necessary for success in life.
I look forward to exploring the joys of singing through choral literature of many different genres, cultures, languages, and countries. I hope we’ll see you in 2015-16!
~ Craig G. Cannon