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 the training programs. Once accepted into the training programs, boys can potentially remain in the group through 12th grade. Auditions will take place at Mary Roberts Elementary School (290 Crescent Avenue) on Thursday, May 16th, from 4:00pm to 4:30pm. Please do not arrive before 3:45pm, as visitors will not be permitted until after 3:45pm.
This initial audition process is very low-key. No musical training or preparation is necessary. The boys may be asked to sing a simple song that he knows and some intuitive 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 callback audition at our facility in Philadelphia.
For more information about summer callback auditions, click here: https://www.phillyboyschoir.org/auditioning/
There is a fee for boys who enter the program, and financial aid is available to everyone who qualifies.
The musical opportunities that the boys experience are unmatched by any other group around. In this year alone, the Choir has performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philly POPS, Opera Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Trailblazers in international touring, the Philadelphia Boys Choir has traveled to more than 45 countries, most recently in Vietnam and Singapore this past summer.
Our rehearsal spaces, voice studios, and offices are located on the northern Avenue of the Arts corridor (Broad & Spring Garden). The location is highly visible and easily accessible by car and public transportation.
Please fill out the audition form below, and bring it with you to the audition.
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 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.