Scholarship winners go on the road with Boychoir

FamiliesFORWARD and the Cincinnati Boychoir recently wrapped up their seventh year of partnership with an April 29, 2018, performance at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in downtown Cincinnati.

The Boychoir has been a part of the FamiliesFORWARD After-School Program since 2011.

Each year, Bond Hill Academy of Math and Science Discovery and Hays-Porter School boys in grades 2-6 can participate in a six-week session in the spring and again in the fall at the schools. They then are invited to the concerts at the Aronoff Center to perform in front of their families and community members with members of the Cincinnati Boychoir.

Depending on the level of skill, the Boychoir sings at venues such as assisted-living centers, with professional groups such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and also overseas at times.

Last school year, in 2016-17, Jekorey Spencer, a fifth-grader at Hays-Porter, was offered a scholarship to sing with the traveling Boychoir. He is currently finishing up his first year and will continue in the fall. He also has been offered an opportunity to sing overseas. This school year, Savion Willis, a Hays-Porter fourth-grader, was offered a scholarship and will begin his membership this fall with the traveling choir. It has been an amazing opportunity for Jekorey and Savion to be offered this opportunity!

At Bond Hill, Marcus Darby was selected to receive a scholarship last year, and Aiden Willis received a scholarship this year to join the choir.

Top: Boys at Hays-Porter School take part in Cincinnati Boychoir activities in the After-School Program. Above left: Jekorey Spencer (left) and Savion Willis, of Hays-Porter. Above right: Marcus Darby (left) and Aiden Willis, of Bond Hill Academy of Math and Science Discovery.