In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
For centuries, boy's choirs have been singing sacred & secular music and their sound was considered the most pure and desirable imaginable. Boychoirs today are still singing, but with a wider range of repertoire than ever before. Hymns, chant, classical & contemporary, gospel and folk we offer here a selection of some of the top boyschoirs from around the world.
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The All-American Boys Chorus . . . happy youngsters from more than thirty cities in Southern California.
Fifty concert tours to Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and throughout the USA make The All-American Boys Chorus one of the most widely traveled boy's choirs in the world.
More than one million people have been included in the boys' live audiences-in addition to the many millions who have seen and heard them on television and radio. The boys have performed before a Pope and dignitaries of many ranks. They've been made honorary citizens of a Canadian provincial capital and been commended by its mayor for their kindness to that city's handicapped children. The boys have performed with glittering celebrities, among them John Williams, Josh Groban, Bob Hope, Victor Borge, Steve Allen, Della Reese, Melissa Manchester, and John Schneider.
The Treble Training Choir (TCC) welcomes boys with unchanged voices, ages 8 and up. For many boys who audition, this training choir is their first experience with choral singing. They have fun working together as they gain experience singing and performing, while learning proper vocal technique, posture, breathing, tone production, how to read music and basic music theory. They also study recorders and drumming.
Experienced male singers with unchanged voices, ranging from 10 to 15 years old, become members of the Treble Concert Choir (TCC). Their program consists of rehearsals and performances of the traditional boychoir repertoire and Grade 1 Theory & Rudiments. This choir performs in the regular Amabile concert series and tours locally, nationally and internationally. As well as singing on world stages, they have been guest performers with Orchestra London, the Windsor Symphony and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.
The American Boychoir is regarded as the United States' premier concert boys' choir. Under the leadership of Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Music Director, The American Boychoir continues to dazzle audiences with its unique blend of musical sophistication, effervescent spirit, and ensemble virtuosity. Boys in grades 4 through 8, reflecting the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of the United States, come from across the country and around the world to pursue a rigorous musical and academic curriculum at the school. The American Boychoir School, the only non-sectarian boys' choir school in the nation, was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1937, and has been located in Princeton, New Jersey, since 1950.
In 1983 the Aurelius Sangerknaben Calw (= ASKC) were founded by Hans-Jorg Kalmbach. The name 'Aurelius' was choosen in remembrance of the first patron of the Hirsau monastery, which over centuries inspired the cultural and spiritual live in Western Europe. From simple beginnings the choir has increasingly become much-requested body of singers capable of both choral and solo duties. Spiritual and contemporary choir music is enchanted by the Aurelius Sangerknaben. Since 2001 Johannes Sorg continues to lead as the new director of music the educational and choir tradition as established in the early years. In 2002 he and his Aurelius Sangerknaben received the honour of the Bruno-Frey-Preis and he achieved the first prize at the "German Choir Contest" at Osnabruck with his men ensemble. Today the boy choir has an excellent reputation far beyond the borders of Germany.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge is one of the world's best known choral groups, and is the pre-eminent representative of the great British church music tradition.
It is most famous for singing A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Eve service that the BBC has broadcast since 1928, and that millions listen to worldwide. In 2009 the US Library Of Congress added a broadcast of the service to the National Recording Registry, an archive of 275 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant' recordings.
Henry VI (1421 - 1471) founded the Choir shortly after he founded the College in 1441. He created the Choir to sing daily services in his magnificent Chapel, and the Choir still exists primarily to sing these services. You are welcome to attend one of these services and hear the Choir sing. See Chapel services for details.
Founded in 1965 under the auspices of the Cincinnati Public Schools, the Cincinnati Boychoir has presented approximately thirty-five annual performances in the Greater Cincinnati community and for local television stations, community organizations, churches, clubs, and retirement homes. Boys audition for the choir by recommendation of school music teachers, and come from all areas of southwest Ohio, southeast Indiana, and northern Kentucky.
The Boychoir has performed at the invitation of and in collaboration with the Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus, the Metropolitan Festival Choir and Orchestra of Detroit, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Boys' Choir. The boys have appeared at the Crystal Cathedral, aired internationally on the Hour of Power, and at Carnegie Hall as part of the Field Studies International Honors Children's Choir.
The Copenhagen Boys Choir, also known as The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir is one of Scandinavia's oldest choral foundations and one which is richly steeped in tradition.
The high artistic standard which has characterized the choir for 75 years has been achieved by means of the unique vocal training the choristers receive at Sankt Annae Gymnasium, The Copenhagen Municipal Choir School, and from the choir's duties at Copenhagen Cathedral.
The choir has gained an international reputation through its interpretation of the works of the major composers of the renaissance and baroque eras in particular and of 20th century choral music for boys' and men's voices. COPENHAGEN ROYAL CHAPEL CHOIR gives a considerable number of concerts in Denmark and all over the world.
BONI PUERI, the Czech Boys Choir, was founded in 1982 and has become one of Europe's most famous musical ensembles. The choirs have given more than 2500 concerts in North America, Asia and Europe, have produced 13 recordings and have been invited to participate in 20 other recordings with Supraphon, EMI, BMG and ArcoDiva. In addition, Boni Pueri has been featured on a number of television and radio broadcasts. The choirs are invited to perform regularly with eminent artists, including Jose Carreras and Bobby McFerrin, and with other important ensembles and orchestras around the world.
Boni Pueri has been privileged to perform in some of the world's great concert halls including Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Winspear Hall in Edmonton, Canada, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall, Seoul Arts Centre, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, Italy, Meistersingerhalle in Nurnberg, and the Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall in Prague.
In the year 1234 the Austrian wife of Henry the Illustrious brought with her to Dresden a piece of the true cross as a gift, which was for the period immediately following kept in the Church of St. Nicholas. As an addition to this church, the oldest within the city walls, the "capella sanctae crucis" (chapel of the holy cross) was built, the first record of which dates from 1319, when it was mentioned as a place of pilgrimage. This chapel lent its name later in 1388 to the entire church "zum heiligen Kreuz." For some considerable time, ministers and choirboys performed the liturgy, and for the boys' instruction in Latin and music a boarding school was founded, first mentioned in 1300.
The Estonian National Opera Boys' Choir was founded in 1971 as the boys' choir of the State Academic Men's Choir. In 1997 the choir was adopted by the Estonian National Opera. For thirty years the choir was directed by its founder, Professor Venno Laul, until the appointment in 2001 of Hirvo Surva as Artistic Director and Main Conductor. The Boys' Choir functions as a choral studio with three different levels. The main concert choir is supported by two training choirs for the younger boys, so that altogether around 140 talented young singers study vocal music in the choir. The main concert choir works on the principal of a classical mixed choir (men's and boys' voices); boys whose voices have broken are encouraged to remain in the choir and carry on singing as tenors and basses. The activity of the choir, including concert tours, singing camps, competitions and other joint activities, has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Estonian National Opera, of the parents of the singers and of our sponsors.
The Gothenburg Boys' Choir was founded 1962 in the Gothenburg Cathedral by Ms Birgitta Persson, who conducted the choir until 1993. The choir has since then toured many countries in Europe, overseas and also the Australia and the Pacific. Since 1997 the Gothenburg Boys' Choir is a choir society, no longer linked to the Cathedral, but works strongly in its former tradition. The choir consists of some 70 boys and young men, all 7-25 years of age. It is the second largest boys' choir in Sweden. The choir is divided into six groups, according to age, voice and routine. The best groups are the touring choir, also called "The Concert Choir", and "The Chamber Choir", with somewhat younger singers. The Gothenburg Boys' Choir is a well known music institution in the Western Region of Sweden. We collaborate with the Swedish National Symphony Orchestra and with the Gothenburg Opera House. Numerous national broadcasts and concerts in Sweden have been made the last few years. Boys from the entire region travel far every week to rehearse in our house in the historical centre of Gothenburg. Few choirs in Sweden have the privilege of having an entire building for their disposal.
The boys' choir capella vocalis e. V. has existed since 1992. Compared with other famous boys' choirs, this choir is special in a number of ways: it is not linked to any religion, nor is part of a communal institution - capella vocalis is an independent choir. It is financed solely with the member's fee and sponsoring.
The boys sing religious and secular music and perform in churches as well as at numerous other venues, such as large private functions or official receptions. Capella Vocalis does not have a central meeting-point. Parts of the choir practice in Reutlingen, others in Besigheim and its region. This not only means that potential members can be recruited from a larger area - an important requirement for a successful choir - but also that they can meet and practice more easily.
In each of the choir's age-groups the singers receive solo and group training. A new course for beginners starts two or three times a year.
As a young Marine on weekend liberty almost a half-century ago, Craig Carmody-Anderson accompanied a friend-reluctantly!-one day in 1962 to hear the Vienna Boys' Choir. By intermission he knew that, though he had scant musical training or experience, this is what he wanted to do one day. A chance encounter the following year with a suddenly director-less choir at the Minneapolis Boys' Club ("Well, they were not the Vienna Boys' Choir," he notes dryly) led him to learn the rudiments of directing-on the job, from the accompanist. But soon other obligations and interests intervened-family responsibilities (he had married the accompanist), the Boys' Club, a career as police officer and coaching boys' gymnastics. For years, having a choir of his own remained just a dream. Finally, in 1976, "Andy" was asked to form a choir to sing at a celebration of the country's bicentennial in his native Elk River, Minnesota. He agreed-on condition that it be a boy choir. An ad in a local newspaper and in church bulletins drew 18 boys to the first rehearsals, and when the celebration was unceremoniously cancelled, parents convinced the director to continue, and the Land of Lakes Choirboys was born.
The distinctive sound of Libera has travelled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli.
The boys who make up the vocal band Libera have been described as "normal" and "ordinary". However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, they are unlike any other group you have ever heard. These are truly sounds to lift the soul. Celestial sounds for a new time.
The singers of Libera who are aged seven to sixteen attend many different local schools in South London and come from a variety of backgrounds. Although they are boys and they sing, they do not think of themselves as choirboys, but rather as an alternative kind of boy band.
We are extremely proud to begin the 23rd season of the Memphis Boychoir with 21 boys between the ages of 6 and 11. This season promises to be both challenging and rewarding. We have recently been invited to sing Evensong at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. This will be a life-changing opportunity for the boys and adults in our program. Performing and interacting with institutions like the National Cathedral promotes a great sense of growth and development in the Memphis Boychoir. We are focused not only on the continuing musical growth of the boys, but also the process of them developing into the next great leaders in the city of Memphis. We continue to search and recruit boys who love to sing as well as families that appreciate the life-long skill of music making that their children are exposed to.
The Minnesota Boychoir, founded in 1962, is the oldest boychoir in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area. The Boychoir's reputation for excellence has brought invitations from local and national music conventions, as well as sporting events and touring Broadway companies. The Boychoir has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Prague Philharmonic, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio, and a long list of local and national performers.
The Moscow Boys Choir is a careful blending of heavenly soprano voices with the rich resonance of bass, tenor and baritone sound that brings a distinct Russian flavor to the choral experience. Founded in 1957, this choral ensemble is among Russia's most prestigious all-boy choirs. Under the direction of Mr. Leonid Baklushin, the boys attend a special school which provides both general education and musical training.
Being selected as a member of the touring company of The Moscow Boys Choir is no easy feat. Hand-picked from over 400 students at their school in Moscow, these highly talented youngsters have the voices of angels and the discipline to match their talents.
The Moscow Boys Choir enjoys an international reputation for excellence. In addition to celebrating their Tenth Anniversary North American Tour in 2005, the Choir has toured many other countries including South Korea, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Holland.
Welcome to the Northwest Choirs, home to the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle. Annually, 200 young singers enroll in our premier music education programs. These students -- boys ages 6 to 18, and girls 12 to 18 -- come from all corners of the Puget Sound region representing 115 diverse public and private elementary, middle and high schools. In our program, these children and young adults become skilled musicians and singers with a passion for the musical arts, and the unique ability to perform great choral literature and contemporary works at the highest professional levels. Considered the premier children's choirs in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Choirs is an integral part of the region's cultural life. Northwest Choirs members perform regularly with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, as well as other high-profile performing arts groups in the area.
Pacific Boychoir choristers participate in a very old tradition. Boychoirs have been around for hundreds of years, dating back at least to the fourth century. Early modern boychoirs were trained to sing with the collegiate and cathedral choirs of Europe. Today, most boychoirs are not affiliated with churches, though much of the great music written for boys came out of this tradition.
The Pacific Boychoir aims to match the world's best boychoirs (e.g., the Vienna Boys of Austria, Drakensberg of South Africa, the American Boychoir of Princeton). Critical reviews imply that the Pacific Boychoir is succeeding! Choristers learn that extraordinary accomplishment teaches lifelong lessons. Hard work leads to mastery. Personal responsibility and teamwork go hand in hand. The challenge of improvement leads to the joy of art well performed.
Founded in 1947, the Phoenix Boys Choir has programs featuring training in voice, music theory, and performance for boys age 7 to 14. Beginning with the Training Choir, boys can progress to Cadet, Town and Tour choirs, and upon graduation, participate in the Master's Choir. Currently, there are approximately 150 young boys and men participating, making it one of the largest and most active boychoirs in the United States.
In 2003, as part of its commitment to outreach and diversity, the Phoenix Boys Choir began a Neighborhood Training Choir Program. This expansion made the Phoenix Boys Choir available to all boys, regardless of where they live or their families' financial situation. There are currently neighborhood training choirs in Scottsdale, Peoria, Tempe, and at the Missouri choir building location.
Hailed by critics as "one of the Peninsula's finest treasures," Ragazzi Boys Chorus is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premier arts organizations.
Founded in 1987, the organization is a regional center for music education and performance for boys and young men, ages 7-18. More than 170 singers from 86 schools in 26 Bay Area communities including San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties participate in this internationally recognized program.
Under the leadership of artistic director and co-founder, Joyce Keil, Ragazzi ("guys" in Italian and the term used in Italian opera to designate children's voices) performs a full range of traditional and contemporary works sung in their original languages for both the treble and changed voice.
Each boy involved with the Raleigh Boychoir devotes numerous hours over weeks and years to help sustain the choral tradition of boychoir singing. In return he is provided with a rich, unique, and unforgettable experience which will remain an integral part of him throughout his life. Through the musical training and choral experiences, he develops an appreciation of a wide range of choral literature. He gains self-confidence and poise. He learns how to meet demands - musical and otherwise. He learns how to be a leader as well as how to be a worker in a closely integrated group. He acquires self-discipline and self-respect. He knows that what he does is of real musical excellence as well as knowing that what he does is contributing to the community through the arts.
The Grammy award winning San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) was founded by Gaetano Merola and Madi Bacon in 1948 to provide trained boy singers for the San Francisco Opera, and is today led by Artistic Director, Ian Robertson.
Maestro Robertson, who also serves as Chorus Director for the San Francisco Opera, has since 1996 built SFBC to over 220 singers from 50 Bay Area cities and more than 120 schools at campuses in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Rafael in California.
The SFBC recently performed at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., and has performed for His Majesty King Gustav of Sweden; HRH Queen Elizabeth II of England; HRH Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the former Soviet Union; the late Pope John Paul II; General Colin Powell; Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; Senator Dianne Feinstein; Senator Barbara Boxer; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
The Sofia Boys Choir is the first boys choir founded in Bulgaria in 1968. The performers, aged 8-15, are selected from different schools in Sofia. The conductor of the choir from 1968 to 1989 was Lilyana Todorova. Since 1989 Adriana Blagoeva has been the conductor of the choir. She graduated from the National Musical Academy in Sofia as a choir conductor. Besides of her active conducting practice, Adriana Blagoeva is an associate professor in choral conducting at the National Music Academy in Sofia. Under her direction the Sofia Boys Choir considerably extended its musical repertoire, activated its concert and recording activities, perfected its artistic qualities. In 1997 she founded the Youth Formation with the Sofia Boys Choir, consisting of former members of the boys choir. Now the choir is presented by three formations - boys, youth and mixed.
The St. John's Boys' Choir was founded in 1981 by the monks of Saint John's Abbey. The St. John's Boys' Choir has been delighting audiences for more than a decade with their performances throughout the Midwest, East Coast, The Caribbean, Europe, Japan and Canada. The St. John's Boys' Choir was established to provide Central Minnesota boys the opportunity to develop self-discipline, strong motivation, self-confidence and an appreciation of excellence through a well structured music program. Br. Paul Richards has been the music director since the choir began in 1981. He was replaced as conductor for two years by James Cacciatore while away for graduate work in choral conducting at the University of Iowa. Since his return, the program has grown to include a strong Training and Junior Varsity program to complement the established Concert Choir. Each choir has its own concert and touring schedule. Initially 120 boys auditioned for the 35 member choir. Since then, auditions have been held every January to replace boys who have graduated from the program. There are currently 70 boys participating in the choir program.
Boys Choir, based in Tampere, belongs to the elite among Finnish choirs. In their repertoire, one may hear a classical music tradition executed with the crystal clear skill by which the choir is known both nationally and beyond the Finnish borders. Founded in 1970, Pirkanpojat Boys Choir is a classical boys' choir with a mixed choir form, and collects singers from throughout the Pirkanmaa province of Finland.
The choir's repertoire is diversified and multi-disciplinary. Large church music productions, Finnish folk music, contemporary Finnish music, popular music, operas, and patriotic music are all included. In the past few years the boys have been acquainted with W. A. Mozart's Requiem, J. S. Bach's "St. John Passion" as well as hit songs by The Beatles. The singing has also been enriched by choreography and theatrics.
The strong traditions of the past and exciting opportunities of our modern society have paved the way for the Tucson Boys Chorus' continued success as a world-renowned professional touring group and an organization benefiting Tucson youth.
The Vienna Boys' Choir is one of the oldest boys' choirs existing in the world. For nearly five hundred years they have been a symbol of Austria. A founding document of Maximilian I in 1498 called the first dozen boys to the imperial court as members of the newly formed court music band. Thus he showed his great interest in contemporary musical developments in Burgundy and the Netherlands. Since then the Vienna Boys' Choir has been a fixed attraction in Austrian musical life.
A number of famous musicians have emerged from its ranks. Its first-class training has produced numerous highly qualified vocalists, violinists and pianists. Joseph Haydn, who actually belonged to the Cathedral Choir of St Stephan, sang together with the court choir boys in the chapel of the Hofburg and in the newly built palace of Sch-nbrunn. Franz Schubert's first compositions were written when he was with the court choir boys, always in conflict with his teachers, since he was more interested in music than in getting good marks for his school work.
Artistic direction of the Wilten Boys' Choir has been in the hands of Johannes Stecher since 1991. Since then choir performances have improved steadily both qualitatively and quantitatively and the Wiltener Sangerknaben are now among the most highly-regarded boys' choirs in Europe.
A special singing technique developed by Johannes Stecher is responsible for giving the boys' voices a bell-like sound, a unique intensity and strength.
Today the choir has a total of approx. 160 members. The youngest of them are 5-6 years old. The boys spend their first few years in the junior choirs, where voice and pitch are trained, as they gradually work their way through the repertoire. By performing in smaller settings, they slowly become familiar with the life of a boy chorister.