"I am Michael and I will graduate from Preble High School this year. Who would have known when I joined the Green Bay Boy Choir at the age of 8 that it would become such a constant and transforming force in my life? From singing with 100's of men and boys from around the world in Prague to the stage of the Sydney Opera House, the choir has given me many unforgettable musical experiences. But it has also given me many lasting memories of fine harmonies sung on a street corner in Minneapolis, at a McDonalds in Chicago or on a ferryboat in the Sydney, Australia harbor. The opportunity to sing great repertoire with outstanding musicians has added greatly to my growth as a musician and my love of music. I will always cherish the friendships and music I made with the Green Bay Boy Choir.
I will be attending Northwestern University's School of Music this fall to study Vocal Performance and Musical Theater. Go Sky Surfer Strike Force!"
"My name is Sally and I am a foreign exchange student fom Hong Kong. Joing the Girl Choir this year is one of my exploring in the new community, and I have always enjoyed being in a choir since elementary school. I am very glad this year that I joined the Girl Choir where I had a great time rehearsing with the girls and Mrs. Thill and felt like a part of a group. I am looking forward to the rest of the time here till the end of my exchange year!"
"I'm Mark, a graduating senior at Ashwaubenon High School. Here's a little bit about myself and a few of my favorite memories. Ever since I was very young, music has been my passion. During my 4 years of high school, I’ve been on the AHS swim team that has won sectionals 3 years in a row, AHS track (shot put and discus), AHS musical for 1 year (Once Upon a Mattress) as a supporting cast member, Encore/Show Choir for 1 year, and one of the Praise Bands at Pilgrim Lutheran Church. I've been in the boy choir for 2 years. I still remember when Mrs. Tepe introduced me to the choir and said this is Mark from Ashwaubenon High and the guys immediately responded, "Oh great another Mark from Ashwaubenon."
So anyway, I've made a lot of good friends such as Ryan and Daniel, my hotel roommates, playing N64 at night, popcorn seed war (LOL, don't worry we picked it up), and my favorite memory between mostly Ryan, and I is the "Snuffaluffagus." The last day we went to Noah's Ark Dan, Ryan, Eric, Michael S., and I went to the game room when we won 2,876 tickets going to 3 rolls of tickets from a 500 ticket jackpot sonic game (making the ticket lady jealous).
I am going to NWTC for a year to focus on some of my Core Classes and transfer to UWGB, Stevens Point, or Whitewater to study music both vocally and theoretically. My goal is to really get in depth with a background of Music Theatre or becoming a Music Teacher or Director."
"My name is Erin. I will be graduating from Preble High School in June. My plans are to attend either Madison or St. Norbert's in the Fall to study Business. I joined Girl Choir after attending summer camp with my cousin and enjoyed many years in the choir. Some of my favorite times were going to Chicago where we went to the American Girl Store and I got to buy Kit. I also enjoyed Hawii and our many other tours. Most of all, I enjoyed the many friendships I have made over the past several years and Mrs. Thill, I will truly miss you."
“I am Steven, a graduating senior at West High School. I have been a part of the Green Bay Boy Choir since third grade. I remember the original Voyager Choir I started in with Mrs. Green as director. Only three members of that group, Mark J, Michael, and myself, stuck with the choir each year since. Being part of the choir for ten years largely impacted my life. Not only was it good to meet kids my age, it was great because of the lessons it taught through the performances: Be patient, be prepared, be flexible.
I always remember my first year at the Voice Discovery Camp, looking up at the older guys and wanting to be like them, leading camp songs like “Hida Hida, “ “Duchess at Tea,” and “Yonder Come Day.” The touring choirs allowed me to have some of the best times of my life; traveling to the Pacific Northwest, Twin Cities, Chicago, Czech Republic, and Australia and New Zealand. I remember on trip in a coach bus traveling to Chicago trying to convince Roy we were actually traveling to Kansas. No more than fifteen minutes into it, a semi truck with the print “ Kansas City, MO.” rolls by the bus window. With these trips came great opportunities to explore culture and music. We performed in concerts with world renowned conductors Bob Chilcot, Andre Thomas, and many others in places like Dvorak Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
Though I intend to major in Aerospace engineering, I will always let music into my life as it has always been there. I believe a life without music, is a life without life.”
“While sitting in my second grade music class playing with my favorite bendy pencil, my teacher mentioned a summer program for boys interested in singing. I was not interested in singing, so I continued to focus on my pencil. She told the class all about this training camp that gave young musicians a chance to be a part of the Green Bay Boy Choir. I was not interested in the Green Bay Boy Choir. Then my teacher told us how the Boy Choir toured all around the world and spent days at a time away from home … I dropped the pencil.
Ten years later, I look back at that moment as one of the defining points in my life. A passion for music eventually grew around my desire to travel, and it has influenced everything I have ever done. The Green Bay Boy Choir changed me from a pudgy, nervous, awkward little boy, into a pudgy, stage-loving, music-making giant. At Ashwaubenon High School, I participated in Concert Choir, Show Choir, musicals, Solo & Ensemble, Spring Play, and One-act Play competitions, all because of the confidence and eagerness to perform embedded in me by the Green Bay Boy Choir.
I know from personal experience how hard it is for a boy to be a singer. I remember the strange looks from peers and adults as I ducked out of football practice early for a choir rehearsal. To the kids feeling like they are wrong or different for singing, I can only stress how much it will pay off in the future. By the time you reach high school, being a singer is something others will respect you for, not to mention, the ladies don’t mind it al all. I have made friendships over the years that I will hold with me for the rest of my life. If I had quit choir hi it wasn’t the “cool” thing to do, I never would have met guys like Mike, Josh, Nathan, And Steven.
Next year, I will be attending Luther College in Iowa to study political science, and I will continue singing in the many choirs they have there. I wish all my friends in our graduating class the best of luck out in the world in whatever it is they choose to do, and I thank the Green Bay Boy Choir for bringing us all together, teaching us to sing, and making us a family.” –Mark (the “other” Mark of Ashwaubenon High)
“My name is Nathan and I have been a member of the GBBC for 9 years. Starting out in the Marquette Choir, I learned the fundamentals of singing and the many different styles of music I could sing. My second year put me in Nicolet, allowing me to further my training, create new friendships with the Choir’s organization, and take part in the summer tours. In my 5th year, I was placed in Joliet and was amazed at how awesome it was to be part of such an advanced portion of the Choir. Singing with the Boy Choir was not just a place where I could sing and learn about music, but also a place I could share my creativity and make friendships that will last forever.
My most remembered Boy Choir memory took place on the northern island of New Zealand. We had the wonderful opportunity to meet with members of a tribe with Polynesian descent, the Maori. It was amazing to see the education their children received and to learn their songs and games. We learned what the Maori cal, “the Haka”, a chant that was meant to scare off unwanted visitors and to let those who intended harm know that they would pay with their life. It was astonishing to see how different our worlds were, and yet we were in the same place sharing our lives with each other. Before we left, we took many pictures, on including a group of boys sitting on some of our shoulders and looking up to us as we all stuck out our tongues, widened our eyes and gave a loud “AAAAHHHHHH!” Friends were made, cultures were shared, and memories were implanted into all of us. Those memories will remain with me forever, and with them I have a greater knowledge of who I am, and the perfect harmony that I can work for.
I will be graduating from Green Bay West High School on June 2, an have been accepted to UW-Stevens Point for the 2009-2010 school year as a Vocal Performance Major. I would like to thank everyone that has supported my musicianship through all these years; my mom, who always pushed me to do my best and give everything I had to offer; all my friends in the choir itself that made every rehearsal, every concert, and every tour such an enjoyable experience; and I would like to thank Mrs. Tepe. With out her, I would not be the musician that I am today and it was with her support and guidance that gave me the final push for my future education in music.”