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Cadet Choir

Beginning Youth Level 2nd to 4th Grade

Skills: Boys who are interested in singing and music education but have not yet received musical training.

Focus: Goals for the Cadet choir, includes developing singers with an emphasis placed on the basics of singing: posture, breathing, tone production and reading music. Cadets will also learn to perform in unison and 2-part pieces, basic choreography, stage presence and introduction to foreign language texts. They participate in selected performances.

Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings and one three-hour Saturday morning per month

Camp: 5 day (in-town, not overnight) Summer Camp

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Town Choir

Choir Director: Stephanie Brewer

Accompanist: Miloy Canete

Intermediate Youth Level 4th to 8th Grade

Skills: Promoted from the Cadet Choir or received advanced musical training.

Focus: This group requires more advanced music reading skills, polished stage presence, three and four-part singing, additional foreign language texts, music of greater complexity, extended attention span in rehearsal and performance, increased performance opportunities, touring ability, including self-management, neatness, care of belongings, and stamina. Town Choir prepares our singers for the high demands of the Tour Choir.

Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings, 2 three-hour Saturday mornings per month (varies with an average of 4-5 hours per week)

Camp: 5-day/4-night away Summer Camp

Tour: All Town Choir members are required to participate in a 5-day tour to a neighboring state.

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Tour Choir

Choir Director: Herbert Washington

Accompanist: Mary Price

Advanced Youth Level 4th to 8th Grade

Skills: Participation in Tour Choir is reserved for choristers who have demonstrated high levels of musicianship, leadership, responsibility, discipline and commitment. Must have performed at least one season with the Town Choir and exhibit the following skills: Fluent sight-singing and independent part-singing, a resonant and flexible tone, additional part-singing in small ensembles, solos, perform with a full orchestra, professional stage presence, readiness for a demanding rehearsal and performance schedule, and have exemplary conduct at all times.

Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings, 3 three-hour Saturday mornings per month (varies with an average of 4-6 hours per week)

Camp: 5 day/4-night away Summer Camp

Tour: Participate in an international or domestic summer tour of 2-3 weeks

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Young Men's Ensemble

Choir Director: Herbert Washington

Accompanist: Mary Price

Young Men's Advanced Level 7th to 12th grade

Focus: Changed-voice choir, which serves as a distinct transition from our youth division to our Masters Men's Choir. Essentially, a year round honor choir for 7-12th grade young men.  The program also includes a weekly sight-reading and music theory course and an overlap with the Masters Men's Choir to combine in song and concerts.  They also regularly sing with the Tour Choir. Auditions are open to all Phoenix Boys Choir alumni and changed-voiced young men from the community.

Rehearsals:  Monday evenings for 2 hours, additional rehearsals as needed

Camp: Opportunity to attend

Tour: Participate in an international or domestic summer tour of 1-2 weeks

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Masters Men's Choir

Choir Director: Herbert Washington

Accompanist: Mary Price

Young Men's/Men's Advanced Level ​11th grade to Adult

Focus: The Masters Men's Choir is an auditioned changed-voice ensemble for collegiate and professional men. High School Juniors and Seniors who meet the vocal and leadership qualities of excellence are eligible to audition for membership in Masters. This group performs its own repertoire for advanced tenors and basses, and may sing with the trebles to provide lower voice parts for mixed choral music. Auditions are open to all Phoenix Boys Choir alumni and changed-voiced men from the community.

Rehearsals:  Monday evenings for two hours

Camp: Opportunity to chaperone

Tour: Participate in an international or domestic summer tour of 1-2 weeks

The Artistic Director, Herbert Washington, places boys based on their vocal development, including pitch and tonal memory, as well as sight-reading ability, music theory knowledge, poise and maturity. He also considers the voice parts needed. If your child has a sincere interest in music or a gift that you recognize, encourage him to audition. Some of our most gifted boys were reluctant to audition because they were afraid they weren't good enough.