Wednesday, June 21, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
MARY ROBERTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
290 Crescent Avenue
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The Philadelphia Boys Choir is looking for boys who have musical and vocal potential, not necessarily a polished performance. Auditions are for boys in grades 1 through 3 for our training programs. Once accepted into the training programs, boys can potentially remain in the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale through 12th grade. Auditions will take place in the music room at Mary Roberts Elementary School (290 Crescent Avenue) on Wednesday, June 21 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm.
This initial audition process is very low-key. No musical training or preparation is necessary. All boys auditioning from your school will be in the audition together, and each boy will be asked to sing a simple song that he knows (any song is fine) and repeat some simple singing exercises. Within two weeks after the audition, we will contact each parent by e-mail to let you know if your son can proceed to a final individual callback audition. For FAQ’s and information about the final callback audition, click here.
There is a fee for boys who enter the program, and financial aid is available to everyone who qualifies.
About the choir program
Renowned for their commanding musicianship, intelligence and interpretive abilities, the Emmy Award winning and Grammy Award nominated Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale has cultivated a devoted following worldwide for their highly-acclaimed concerts and recitals. PBCC continues to breakthrough the most rigid social, political and cultural barriers as “America’s Ambassadors of Song”.
Performance highlights from recent years include Mayor Kenney’s Inauguration, the opening of the Barnes Foundation, the opening game of the Phillies season, a performance at Carnegie Hall, and a performance with Hugh Jackman and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recent international tours include Italy, Vietnam, Singapore, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Cuba, China and England.
Artistic Director Jeffrey R. Smith is a 1999 summa cum laude graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. As a pianist in much demand, Smith has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Philly POPS, and for several shows on and Off-Broadway. He is also assistant conductor for the Philly POPS. He resides in Haddon Township with his two sons, Elijah and Isaac.
Click here to see a recent local news piece about auditions for the Philadelphia Boys Choir!