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All of the above ideas are terrific and I hope you find them to be successful. Finding a peer leader is crucial, giving boys a spotlight to show off on your concert is terrific. Don’t be afraid to find a really cool ‘guy piece’ the young men can sound good with – it can be unison or have some kind of ostinato parts that give younger singers a chance to succeed. Don’t be afraid to re-write parts, or alter voice parts to suit the singers you have. Refer to unchanged voices as Part One or Part Two so that the young men don’t feel stigmatized by being called sopranos.
Celebrate the voice as a gift – whether it is high or low. Ask your singers where they feel most comfortable.
Check youtube for videos of boy’s and children’s choirs with boys this age singing cool pieces.
Alan Scott – Murray High School –