Student Feature: Bobby Hopkins and The All-American Boys Chorus
This April, piano student Bobby Hopkins, age 8, will be participating in the annual All-American Boys Chorus (AABC) ‘Singers in Sync’ Jog-a-Thon. The Jog-a-Thon is the only fundraiser the AABC runs each year and is a great opportunity to contribute to such a unique organization.
The Chorus provides boys the opportunity to learn and grow through music. Upon entering the chorus at ages 8, 9 or 10, the boys must complete a “series of musical tasks.” Once they have been accepted to the chorus, they are required to learn a basic repertoire during their training period. Throughout all their introductory and training periods they are provided guidance with a veteran choral mentor and a vocal coach. Also during their training, they are also given music reading and education curriculum from a professional staff teaching sight-reading, writing and comprehension. After completing the training period, students advance to the concert chorus performing at 30+ concerts each year.
The Concert Chorus is what Bobby is currently working toward. He has choir practice every Wednesday, every other Thursday, and 4-hours of music reading and singing classes every Saturday. He must now memorize 39 pieces to advance to the next “red shirt” level of the chorus; this process can take up to a year to complete. Once he completes this task, he will be able to perform. Finally, after a couple years, this will lead to international touring like Canada, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand!
Bobby has been taking piano lessons with The Music Abode instructor Mark Hood for over 8 months. We are so proud of his musical commitment!
If you would like to donate to Bobby and the non-profit efforts of the AABC you can visit Bobby’s site at: