Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale provides the finest musical training to talented boys and men from the Greater Philadelphia area, regardless of their ethnic, religious or economic backgrounds. The Choir performs a diverse repertoire emphasizing the preservation and promotion of American music. Our goal is for each boy to achieve artistic excellence, strength of character, self-discipline and focus through the rehearsal and performance of music. Boys learn the importance of hard work, decorum, diversity and the appreciation of international and cultural traditions. The Choir represents the United States and Philadelphia throughout the world as America's Ambassadors of Song.
What is Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale?
Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale has traveled the globe for more than forty years as America’s Ambassadors of Song. Since 1968, we have been the premier boys choir in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Does my child need voice training to audition?
Absolutely not! We welcome boys of all vocal strengths to audition!
Will my child receive voice training?
The Cadet program prepares boys for performing by teaching them basic music theory, sight singing, correct breathing, etc. In addition, we also offer Philadelphia Vocal Conservatory to provide extra training.
When are rehearsals?
The Beginning and Advanced Cadets rehearse from 4:30 - 5:45 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Performing Choir rehearses Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:45 pm and Saturdays from 9 to noon with the chorale. The chorale rehearses Tuesdays from 7:30 - 9 pm.
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. Girls who want to sing and perform may join our sister group Philadelphia Girls Choir.
What if my son is on a sports team? Or another choir?
We try to be flexible with scheduling and attendance. Many of our members take part in sports or are in another choir. In fact, we encourage attending multiple choirs! 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
How much will this cost? Are there scholarships available?
Tuition for Philadelphia Boys Choir is $600 per semester. There are full and partial need-based scholarships available.
Where do I get the uniform?
The Choir's signature red Blazer will be given upon acceptance. Parents will have to buy a white dress shirt, white pants, black belt, black socks, and black dress shoes.
Are there performance and travelling opportunities?
Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale performs regularly across the Greater Philadelphia region. The Choir has also performed at many national and international venues. These include Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Good Morning America, and Saturday Night Live. Every year, we have the chance to perform in the Nutcracker with the Pennsylvania Ballet and in concert with the Philly Pops! PBCC also embarks on an annual tour in the summer. In the past, we've gone to Russia, Australia, China, Argentina, Egypt, Spain, and much more! This year, we're going to England and Wales!