Starting next Friday, Oro Valley and the rest of the northwest region will benefit from an infusion of choral music and cowboy-style rope performance thanks to a new partnership between the town and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus.
To celebrate the occasion a cadre of choral performers showed off at the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center, and director Julian Ackerley formally announced the new ensemble for boys in the northwest region.
“This group of young men that we hope to recruit to participate in what we are going to be calling the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Northwest Voices will be a part of an established 77-year tradition,” he said.
Intended for boys between the ages of six and 12-years-old, the group will begin sessions at the town hall site every Friday afternoon from 4 until 5:15 p.m. for six weeks. The final practice will take place at Catalina Foothills High School (CFHS) one day before the ensemble’s debut performance at the chorus’ Pops Concert at CFHS May 6.
Speaking on the partnership between the town and the boys chorus, Ackerley said the warm welcome shown at last Friday’s celebration only further solidified the faith he had in the Oro Valley community as a gathering place for the arts.
“I know that there is pride in this community, and national recognition, in its support of the arts,” he said. “Your vision, and your innovations to support arts and culture is well known. The Tucson Arizona Boys chorus is happy to be a part of that vision.”
After the performance Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath said he couldn’t agree more with Ackerley’s assessment.
“The fact that the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus looks at Oro Valley as an arts and culture mecca within the Metro Tucson region is truly a win-win situation for both parties,” he said. “Oro Valley has done remarkable things in the arts and culture world, and I am exceptionally honored - and flattered - that they chose Oro Valley as a partner. I think this is a great addition to what we offer in terms of arts and culture”
According to chorus-mom, parents’ association president, board of director’s secretary and chairman of the membership committee Renee Shane-Boyd, there is much more instilled in the “singing ambassadors of Southern Arizona” than the ability to perform choral numbers and rope tricks.
Her own son a member of the chorus for seven years, Shane-Boyd said that the core values of honesty, integrity and more taught to the boys helps them to become “exceptional” members of the community.
“If you get the opportunity to spend time with these young men, you will see that they do boy things all the time, but they behave as young men. They can talk to adults, they know how to behave in the presence of adults, they carry themselves well and they develop a sense of responsibility and discipline.”
“We’re strengthening the future,” Ackerley said, “one voice at a time.”