PHOENIX BOYS CHOIR
in collaboration with
PILGRIM REST BAPTIST CHURCH
and
ASU GOSPEL CHOIR
presents

WHEN DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT:
A GOSPEL CELEBRATION

4th - 6th Grade Chorister & Educator Gospel Honor Choir Festival
Featuring Guest Lecturer, Clinician & Conductor

MARIA A. ELLIS

January 27 and 28, 2023

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A DETAILED, DOWNLOADABLE FESTIVAL BROCHURE IS AVAILABLE HERE

Need more information? Contact us at honorchoir@boyschoir.org

 
 

 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, January 27, 2023

(Educators Only)

PHOENIX BOYS CHOIR BUILDING

1131 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix

 

5:00 p.m.       Gospel workshop for music educators

6:00 p.m.       Rehearsal and workshop with clinician Maria A. Ellis

8:00 p.m.       Dismissal

Saturday January 28, 2023

(Educators, Students, and Community Singers)

PILGRIM REST BAPTIST CHURCH

1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix

8:30 a.m.       Check-in for choristers and chaperones

9:00 a.m.       Rehearsal #1 with clinician Maria A. Ellis

10:30 a.m.      Break

10:45 a.m.      Rehearsal #2 with clinician Maria A. Ellis

12:00 p.m.      Pizza lunch; ASU Gospel Choir and Pilgrim Rest Choir arrive

12:00 p.m.      Stage time for ASU Gospel Choir

12:30 p.m.       Stage time for Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Choir

1:00 p.m.         Final rehearsal #3 with clinician Maria A. Ellis (educators & choristers)

2:00 p.m.        Choristers prepare for concert                  

2:30 p.m.        Doors open (free public concert)

3:00 p.m.        Gospel celebration concert, featuring performances by:

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4:15 p.m.         Concert ends

Phoenix Boys Choir, artistic director Herbert Washington

ASU Gospel Choir, conductor Nathan De'Shon Myers

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Mass Choir, conductor Nathan De'Shon Myers

Arizona Music Educators and participating community singers, 

clinician Maria A. Ellis

4th-6th Grade Gospel Honor Choir, clinician Maria A. Ellis

 

 FESTIVAL MUSIC

Educators' Choir

God Wants A Yes (SATB), James Hall, arr. Jason Thompson

(scored - purchase copies HERE)

I’ve Got A Reason to Praise the Lord (part tracks & sheet music available, but will be taught by rote)

4th-6th Grade Gospel Honor Choir

Your Mercy Endures Forever (part tracks and sheet music available, but will be taught by rote)

Inside Out (part tracks & sheet music available, but will be taught by rote)

Combined Gospel Honor Choir
(Educators, Students, and Community Singers)

I Sing Because I'm Happy (2-part)Rollo Dilworth

(scored - purchase copies HERE)

Revelation 19:1 (part tracks & sheet music available, but will be taught by rote)

MEET GUEST CLINICIAN
MARIA A. ELLIS,
THE "GIRL CONDUCTOR"

Maria A. Ellis  is a passionate educator and conductor. She is the owner of Girl Conductor LLC, a company that creates diverse music education resources, and currently serves as the Director of the Sheldon’s City of Music All-Star Chorus. Maria is an active clinician, adjudicator, and presenter throughout the United States and abroad. She holds a B.M. degree in Music Education with emphasis on Voice (K-12 Certified) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served as the Arts and Administrative Fellow for the St. Louis Symphony and has served as the Community Engagement Manager for the St. Louis Children’s Choirs. Maria is the host of the award-winning show “Bach and Beyoncé” on Classic 107.3 The Voice for the Arts in St. Louis. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association of Music Educators, Missouri Alliance for Arts Education where she is chair of the RIDE (Race, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity) Committee, and holds Level 3 certification from the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education. Maria is the wife of Marion Ellis and the mother of Aria, Kendal, and Noah Ellis.

 
 

PARTICIPATING FESTIVAL CHOIRS
AND CONDUCTORS

For 75 years, the Phoenix Boys Choir has provided choral music training, education, performance and travel opportunities, and learning experiences that instill excellent musicianship and critical values in young people. Members of our choirs come from throughout the Valley of the Sun and represent a diversity of backgrounds. We believe no boy should be turned away due to financial need.

 

Our programs feature training in voice, music theory, and performance for boys. Each year we offer a full season of concert performances featuring a wide variety of music genres. We produce recordings, participate in music festivals, sing for a numerous private and community events, and perform with other professional groups. 

Boys and young men ages 7-18 are invited to join us for the second half of our 2022-23 Season and beyond. To join, simply schedule a free voice lesson with a PBC conductor. More information about joining is available HERE.

REGISTER NOW TO JOIN THE CELEBRATION!

Participation in When Dreams Take Flight: A Gospel Celebration is open to nominated 4th-6th grade students, their teachers and any other interested educators, and members of the community who would like to learn and sing with us. The nominal participation fee of $15 per person includes a festival t-shirt and lunch on the day of the festival. Register now to secure your spot in the Festival Choir!