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Harlem Boys Choir Holding Auditions

Harlem Boys Choir (AP Images)

By // Deanna Martin

Five years after a sex-abuse controversy and money woes halted the Harlem Boys Choir, auditions are being held this month for a new wave of talented youngsters to revive the renowned choral group.

Boys in grades 4-12 are invited to attend the auditions, which will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 15-17 and Oct. 22-24 in New York City at the Church of the Ascension in Morningside Heights. Between 40 and 60 boys will be chosen.

Also known as the Boys Choir of Harlem, the group was founded in 1968 by the late Walter J. Turnbull, and has notably performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall. Turnbull’s brother Horace is overseeing the rebirth of the choir, which aside from musical training, provides counseling and tutoring.

According to the AP, rehearsals will begin in January and auditions for a girls’ choir are planned by year’s end.