PHOENIX BOYS CHOIR AUDITIONS
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Sing In Our 2020-2021 Season
Our 2020-2021 Season is underway and we are planning for an impactful year. We've delivered our program successfully online and safety in person through our car choir innovation since March 17, 2020 and continue to use new, cutting-edge tools and applications to provide an engaging, fun and memorable program online and through car choir. We will continue to monitor state, county, and local school district recommendations so that when we return it will be to a safe and positive rehearsal environment for our choristers.
We offer several ways to audition for our program.
Online Vocal Placements
To participate, select one of the following:
Email Your Audition Video (Private)
Send a one-minute video of your child singing Happy Birthday, and answering the question: why do I want to join the Phoenix Boys Choir? Email the video to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoom Auditions (Private)
Sign up for a private Zoom audition here. We will send you a Zoom invitation for a 10-minute Zoom audition. Parents are permitted to be with their child during the Zoom audition.
About Zoom Vocal Placements:
You and your boy will meet online with one of our choir directors, learn more about the Phoenix Boys Choir and get the chance to ask questions. Then we’ll give your boy the opportunity to sing a little. For younger boys, we know this is likely their first audition. There is no need to prepare anything, and we don’t expect them to have singing experience. We use the songs Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Happy Birthday and The ABC Song, or your son can present a song of his choice. We will email you the Zoom link one day before your audition and two PBC directors will be in the Zoom session.
May/June Audition Blitz Dates
May 22, 27, 28, 2021
June 1-5, 2021
What Choir Programs Are Available?
We have five levels, and we’ll help you find the right one:
• Minuets: Music & Movement: Fun and active class for girls and boys 4-6 with no musical experience. (No audition required.)
• Cadet: Choir for boys 7–9 with little or no singing experience
• Town: Intermediate choir for boys ages 10–12 with some music experience
• Tour: Advanced treble choir for boys ages 10-14 in middle school
• Master’s/Young Men’s Ensemble: Advanced choir for older middle school and high school boys and men with changed voices
For most levels, we start with a fun audition: Every level except Minuets: Music & Movement requires an audition.
How does the audition work?
Our Artistic Director, Herbert Washington, auditions each singer individually, and the process generally takes less than fifteen minutes. Prepared music is not required for auditions. The time will be spent with simple vocal exercises taught during the session.
Due to the current social distancing measures in place, all auditions will be conducted via video conferencing instead of a live in-person audition. Details about how to connect will be sent to you when you register for the audition. If the situation changes before your audition, and in-person auditions are deemed safe by the government and CDC, we will contact you via e-mail.
Is there an age limit?
We audition boys from ages 7 to 18. Most young singers start in our training group, the Cadet Choir.
When are rehearsals?
Cadets rehearse on Tuesday evenings, have a quick check-in on Thursday evenings and one Saturday each month. The Town Choir rehearses Tuesday evenings and several Saturday mornings a month. The Tour Choir also rehearses Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Why aren’t girls allowed in the choir?
Boys’ voices create a different timbre (color of sound) than girls’ voices. Composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Britten and Bernstein have all written music specifically for boys’ voices.
Is prior music or voice training necessary?
No. Although prior music experience is helpful, boys will have lessons in music theory and receive vocal training.
Will my child receive voice training?
The Cadet program prepares boys for performing by teaching them basic music theory, sight singing, correct breathing, etc.
What if my son or music student doesn’t think he’s good enough?
If he has a sincere interest, encourage him to audition anyway. Some of our most gifted boys were reluctant to audition because they were afraid they weren’t good enough.
Does my son have to give up the school or church choir or his other activities?
Absolutely not! Boys are encouraged to stay actively involved in their other activities including choirs, sports and clubs. We try to be flexible with scheduling and attendance. That being said, there is a commitment required for purposes of sound quality. If your son cannot make a large number of rehearsals, this may not be the right activity for him. We need to be able to work with the boys continuously.
What is the cost to be in the program?
Tuition varies based on the choir, the cost for the Cadet Choir is $1,000 for the year (subject to change).
Are there scholarships available?
We have a generous scholarship program. There are full and partial need-based scholarships available to all who qualify.
When does my son get his signature blue blazer?
Most boys start in the Cadet Choir; the uniform is a logo yellow polo shirt and khaki pants. The Choir’s signature blue blazer will be awarded upon acceptance into the Town Choir. In addition, to complete the uniform, parents will need to buy a logo light blue polo shirt, logo blue oxford shirt, khaki pants, black belt, black socks, and brown dress shoes. Gently used uniforms are often available at a significant discount.
What are the performance and traveling opportunities?
The Phoenix Boys Choir performs regularly across the Greater Phoenix region. The Choir has also performed at many national and international venues. PBC embarks on an annual tour in the summer. In the past, we’ve gone to Australia, China, Spain, Germany, France, The United Kingdom, Japan, Poland, Czech Republic, Canada and many other countries!
If you have any other questions, feel free to call the Choir office at 602-264-5328, or email
“We are seeking the most talented boys in the region. No boy with a gift for song is ever left behind due to financial constraints.”
Herbert Washington, Artistic Director