Mission Statement

The Cincinnati Boychoir experience provides exceptional concert opportunities and music education in a safe, diverse, and respectful environment.

Vision Statement & Statement on Religion

The Cincinnati Boychoir instills a passion for vocal arts excellence in its members and audiences and reflects the cultural diversity of Greater Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Boychoir embraces all forms of spiritual belief among its employees, members, and patrons. The Cincinnati Boychoir chooses musical programs based on the quality of the music and the educational value for young people.

About the Cincinnati Boychoir

Since 1965, the Cincinnati Boychoir has been dedicated to the musical, intellectual, and emotional development of young men and has served as one of the foremost music education and performance organizations in the region; now in its forty-ninth season, the Cincinnati Boychoir is recognized as one of the premiere Boychoirs in the United States. Located in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood (the urban arts core) of Cincinnati, the Boychoir reaches approximately 200 young men each year from more than 75 schools in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, and focuses its mission on reaching under-served parts of the region and supporting the revitalization of the downtown area. Boys audition for the choir by recommendation of school music teachers and attend weekly rehearsals, retreats, music theory classes, and the annual SongFest Summer Music Camp for Boys at Xavier University.

The All City Boychoir at a Bengals game in 1976

The All City Boychoir at a Bengals game in 1976

Each year, the Cincinnati Boychoir presents approximately forty annual performances in the Greater Cincinnati community, and has performed concerts and completed residencies both at home and abroad; most recently, the Boychoir undertook three three-day residencies with boychoirs in London, Leicester, and Canterbury (June 2013). As an organization that values collaboration, the Boychoir has built artistic partnerships with Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the musicians of Christ Church Cathedral, Collegium Cincinnati, the Taft Museum of Art, and Elementz, as well as the many other choirs that together make Cincinnati ‘The City That Sings.’ In 2013, the Cincinnati Boychoir was the subject of a thirty-minute special on WCET, Cincinnati’s public television station, entitled “A Treasure of Youth and Song.”

The Boychoir performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra & May Festival Chorus, most recently under the direction of James Conlon in 2012 (Orff: Carmina Burana), 2011 (Mendelssohn: Elijah), and 2010 (Bach: St. Matthew Passion), and under the direction of Rafael Frübeck de Burgos in October, 2012 (Mahler: Symphony No. 3). Soloists from the Boychoir have performed with the Cincinnati Opera, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Dayton Opera, the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and with many other national and regional orchestras. Six members of the Boychoir have gone on to join the world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Recent projects include Britten’s Saint Nicolas with Collegium Cincinnati (March 2013), a boys-and-men-only performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (December 2011), and participation in the Champion’s Competition of the World Choir Games in July 2012, where the boys took home silver medals in the mixed choir and the youth choir divisions.

The 2013-2014 season, the Boychoir’s forty-ninth, will explore the musical world of France in celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the first World War, in collaboration with the Cincinnati Opera. Centerpieces of the year will include Duruflé’s Messe Cum Jubilo, Debussy’s Noël des enfants, and Fauré’s Requiem.


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