The event the young Canfield singer took part in was the third International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival that took place in Arizona from July 25 through Aug. 1. Boys and men’s choirs as well as individual male singers from around the world attended the eight-day festival, highlighted by public performances in Flagstaff and Tucson.
The majority of the third International Boys and Men's Choral Festival occurred at Northern Arizona University, in the picturesque city of Flagstaff, while the remainder of the event ensued at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Festival participants like Scurich attended master classes, rehearsed and performed with highly accomplished international conductors including Englishman David Hill, chief conductor of The BBC Singers, musical director of The London Bach Choir, Chief Conductor of The Southern Sinfonia, Music Director of Leeds Philharmonic Society, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Also conducting was Dr. Julian Ackerley, director of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. Ackerley is the National Boychoir Repertoire and Standards Chair for the American Choral Directors Association and has served as vice president for the International Society for Children’s Choral and Performing Arts. Ackerley has also conducted the International Children’s Festival Chorus and is the founding conductor of the American Youth Choir, a national honor choir. As AYC conductor from its inception, Ackerley has conducted festivals in China, Mexico, South America and Europe.
The Arizona event is the third in a series of prestigious triennial festivals, with the first two taking place in Minneapolis in 2005, and in the Czech Republic 2008. The objective of each festival has been to honor the centuries-old tradition of male singing of all ages and promote artistic opportunities that foster intercultural understanding and camaraderie. The mission of the International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival is multi-faceted. In addition to interaction with other boy and men choristers who love to sing, the festival offers an incomparable choral experience advancing both artistic excellence and character development.
Supplementary endeavors included various sports and communal activities to foster socialization and world-wide friendships. A trip to the extraordinary Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most visited and inspiring landscapes, was also experienced.
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Canfield Village Middle School sixth-grader Jonathan Scurich enjoys the Grand Canyon with music conductor David Hill during an international event in August.