The Singing Owls

Let’s take a closer look at an organization on campus that is hitting all the right notes. Our reporter, Gabriela Mancini gives us a closer look at a campus-based choir uniting students and surrounding communities during the holiday season.  . 

The Singing Owls is a non audition community choir comprised of Temple University students and singers from the surrounding Philadelphia area. Described as an inclusive core community, the diverse organization creates a rare experience for audiences and members alike. 

Piano instructor and community member Melanie DeJesus says, “there’s just something special about people from all ages, of all backgrounds just coming together, singing, making music.” 

The Singing Owls are unique to Temple, because they showcase the university’s core values of inclusivity and diversity. The 10 year old organization welcomes everyone interested in song and developing greater vocal skill to join. 

The choir’s director and a vice dean professor at The Boyer College of Music and Dance, Rollo Dilworth, says “I think that if you have any interest in being a part of a choir…a choir that does not require an audition…a choir that will equip you with the skills vocally and musically that you may need in order to be successful, Singing Owls is the choir for you.” 

 Enrollment to be in the choir for the spring semester is open now and rehearsals start back up on January 22, 2024. 

The Singing Owls value musical performances from diverse places, cultures, and time periods. They meet to practice weekly and have a total of three concerts a year.  Look out for their next performance at the Kimmel Center Sunday March 24th, 2024 and their final spring concert at the end of April.  

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