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Phoenix Boys Choir (PBC) invites boys and young men, ages 7-18, to join us for our 2021-2022 Season!
PBC provides our boys and young men with a creative, enriching and dynamic community. Our alumni tell us that the PBC gave them their most formative experience as a youth. Our five choirs provide a singing opportunity for every age group and level of experience.
Our programs feature training in voice, music theory, and performance for boys. Each year, we offer a full season of concert performances featuring a wide variety of music genres. We produce recordings, participate in music festivals and sing with other professional groups.
For all our boys, from our youngest Cadet voices to the fully developed trebles in the Tour Choir, then on to the emerging tenors and basses in the Young Men's Ensemble, the Phoenix Boys Choir celebrates the voices of boys. Our boys learn emotional intelligence as well as mathematics (music requires calculating fractions), languages, leadership, discipline, teamwork and empathy. The culmination of this skill development results in benefits that last a lifetime. When the boys reach the performance levels of Town and Tour Choir, they have the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally. These experiences open up the world to a boy and help him develop independence, problem-solving skills and confidence, in addition to cultural awareness.
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To join PBC, simply participate in a vocal placement session with a PBC conductor.
Click HERE to schedule a vocal placement. You can request an in-person or virtual vocal placement via Zoom. In-person vocal placement times will take place at the Phoenix Boys Choir building located at 1131 East Missouri Avenue in Phoenix. Please make sure your son is masked and brings water.
General Requirements for our 2021-2022 Season
Singer must be between the ages of 7 and 18
Singer must turn 7 years old by September 30, 2021
Prior musical training is not necessary to participate in PBC
More About In-Person and Virtual Vocal Placements
All in-person vocal placements require that everyone in attendance is masked. You and your boy will meet with one of our conductors, 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.
If you choose the virtual placement option, we will email you the Zoom link one day before your audition.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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