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For over 16 years the Richmond Boys Choir has been hitting all the right notes in Richmond and throughout the world.
The after school program showcases the musical talent of 7 to 17-year olds from the Richmond metro area.
Artistic Director Craig Matthews believes the annual open auditions create a diverse group of musicians.
"Most times I want the audition process to be very unintimidating they can come in and sing very familiar things," said Matthews.
The choir has graced the stage of many high profile events sharing their music with community leaders and dignitaries.
"They've been able to perform for people like Colin Powell at Saint Christopher's they were also able to sing at the Democratic Jefferson Jackson Dinner," said Donald Knight, a Chairman of the Richmond Boys Choir board.
He and other board members meet regularly to keep the choir and its mission in motion.
Being a member of the Richmond Boys Choir is about more than just singing. You are pushed to achieve personal and academic excellence in addition to your musical training.
"We started the Richmond Boys Choir Academy, which focuses on tutorial services and their grades are improving which is fantastic," added Knight.
Jamar Burrell has been a member of the choir for four years. His favorite part of being in the choir has been the friendship and support he's received.
"Of course when you come together for one purpose you build a bond with each member," said Burrell.
"Us being together, laughing together, joking and going on trips is a fun experience," said member Javiell Scott.
The choir prides itself on teaching the young men valuable skills that will help them succeed far beyond their choir years.
"It's helped me with my grades my discipline and my own music career, you learn a lot in the choir," said choir member John Jones.