Niños Cantores de Morelia
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Conservatory of the Roses

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College of the Roses in Morelia
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THE SINGING BOYS of Mexico live and work in an extraordinary school in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico a beautiful cathedral and university town some two hundred miles west of Mexico City. In the Cathedral of Morelia, which is one of the most majestic examples of baroque cathedral architecture of Spanish Colonial Mexico, the choir often sings to the accompaniment of a magnificent pipe organ.

Of the two thousand boys who attend the schools in Morelia, sixty are selected by audition each year for a two months trial period at the Conservatory. At the end of that time, thirty are admitted to regular membership in the school. They may enter at seven or eight years of age, and stay until ready for high school if it seems desirable. At present the boys are selected only from Morelia, but plans are now underway to audition boys in all of the schools of Mexico. The Niños Cantores is now made up of about one hundred and thirty boys, thirty-two of whom comprise the travelling choir, thirty-four are in the second choir, and the rest in a preparatory group. Only the travelling choir lives in the Conservatory; the members of the other two groups live with their families.

Maestro Picutti has gathered a staff of twelve teachers who instruct the boys in the entire range of academic subject as well as a thorough music course of study. The boys sing in German, Latin, Italian, French and English and instruction is given in these languages as well as their native Spanish. The boys sing at least four hours a day, and before a concert tour there may be extra rehearsal for the concert choir and soloists after dinner until ten o'clock.

The eagerness and seriousness of the boys in their music is evident to all who have seen them in rehearsal or performance. They have learned beautiful singing, fine responsiveness, good discipline and perfect concentration. Yet the moment they are off stage, they are "regular boys" and are as mischievous and rowdy as any boys of their age anywhere.

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