History Of The Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir

The Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir was founded in the autumn of 1978 by the directors, James and the late Jean Kropf to provide musical training for boys and young men and serve in the Region of Waterloo. The musical expertise is facilitated by Director Jim Kropf, accompanists Murray Jull, and Annetta Whetham. The teaching staff are accomplished musicians. This award winning Choir is a member of the Royal School Of Church Music, Choirs Ontario, and the Choristers Guild.

The Choir is a non-profit Incorporated Association comprising of the parents/guardians of the choristers. The Cambridge Kiwanis Boys Choir Association is responsible for raising funds and promoting the Choir in the community. Fund raising activities via several streams are carried out by members of the Association. The Cambridge Kiwanis Club continues to be a staunch supporter of the Choir. Commercial business, professional communities and private individuals support the Choir. Donations are gratefully accepted, receipts for tax purposes are issued for amounts exceeding $10.00.

The Choir, in service to the Community, annually performs at senior citizen's residences, nursing homes, schools, churches, shopping centres, and civic functions. Major community concerts are conducted at Christmas and in the Spring. The Choir accepts invitations to perform at fund raising and special events and collaborates with other choirs throughout Ontario in joint concert performances.

The CKBC has performed at the Centre In The Square in Kitchener including providing the children's chorus in Britten's "War Requiem." The boys and young men have performed concerts for Choirs Ontario, the Kodaly Society Of Ontario, and the Ontario Music Educator's Association. The choir has also performed on local and national television and produced several recordings and featured in the media.

The Concert Tours abroad have included England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Japan, the United States (Detroit, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C.), and across Canada (Quebec, British Columbia the Maritimes and Ontario). The Tours are well planned in collaboration with reputable organizations with a very close scrutiny and emphasis on the safety and well being of the Choristers.

Auditions are held each June for new choristers. Boys with an interest in singing and the willingness to commit to the practice and performance sessions are selected to membership in the Choir. The teaching staff cognizant of and with sensitivity coach the choristers through the “voice change” phenomenon enabling their continued participation in the Choir. Practice sessions are held each Monday night with extra practices as required prior to special concerts. A cost free camp for the Sopranos and Altos is conducted every Summer. The Choristers benefit from the high calibre voice and music training imparted by a dedicated team of musicians. The Choir promotes cultural, and interactive social experiences on an ongoing basis through the activities conducted for the Choristers and families. The Tours facilitate the Performance opportunity and the interaction with the destination organizers, families, and educative sight seeing that is inclusive of historical, political and social events.

Click the link to hear the Choir: OhCanada.mp3