Cincinnati Boychoir Partners with Evanston Academy
2013 — The chance to sing is just one reason Evanston Academy fifth-grader Isaiah Brown wanted to join the world renowned Cincinnati Boychoir. It’s also a chance to learn other languages and travel the world, says Isaiah, adding that one choir went to London last year and next year they may go to Australia.
The Cincinnati Boychoir is one of several community partnerships at the Cincinnati Public School.
Isaiah’s favorite experiences so far include performing in concert with hip hop dancers from Elementz, learning Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” which Isaiah describes as a made-up language about slaying a beast, and the weeklong Songfest Summer Camp at Xavier University.
“Practices can be a little bit tough,” says Isaiah. “You just have to get used to how tough it’s going to be. Then, it starts to get easy. Then, it’s fun.”
The Boychoir, just a year away from celebrating its 50th anniversary, involves 250 boys from 85 schools around the Tristate. In addition to the tours, the Boychoir performs with the city’s top arts organizations, including the Cincinnati Opera and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Its partnership with the school reflects Evanston Academy’s mission to “engage, expose and empower” its 324 students, explains Monna Beckford, the Academy’s Community Resource Coordinator. Beckford says she jumped at the chance to bring the Boychoir to the Academy.
There’s another payoff as well for 11-year-old Isaiah: “My mom, she’s the one who had told me about the Boychoir. She’s pretty proud of me.”