Rockford’s renowned boys choir Kantorei is opening its program to girls for the first time in its 53-year history. The choir announced Thursday that, starting this fall, it will convert its preparatory level group for beginners to a mixed choir of boys and girls. Unchanged voices will also be mixed in the next-level Lyric choir. As their voices mature, singers would eventually advance to separate men’s and women’s performing choirs. Kantorei says the move will allow it to extend its tradition of music education and personal growth to all children in the area.
The choir holds auditions for its 2017-18 performing season Aug. 2, 3, 7 and 9 at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center.