March 20, 2014
Dear Cincinnati Boychoir Families,
The Boychoir, since 2011, has experienced a dramatic growth in the number of boys that we serve. When we took a bow for our final concert in 2010, there were 65 boys on the stage. Compare that to today, when, over the course of a twelve-month period, we will reach nearly 250 boys at more than 85 schools throughout the region. We are extremely proud of this growth: because we believe in the value of the opportunities that we offer, it is only natural that we want more boys to join!
As we plan for our fiftieth anniversary next year (March 6, 2015), we are taking a long, hard look both back at our history and forward to our future. The music education community looks very different than it did in 1965, and some of the growth we are seeing is a result of parents making the decision that top-notch musical experiences are important for the development of their children.
Several years ago, we made a twofold commitment to our students: first, that each would receive a music theory education from day one, providing each motivated student the opportunity to advance to the highest level, and second, that mentorship between boys would become an important part of the way that we conduct our activities.
Because we remain committed to these principals, it has come time to create a natural new stepping stone in the Boychoir progession. Rather than a boy moving straight from his first experience as a Training Choir member straight into the more demanding Concert Choir, he will now have the opportunity to gain more skills and performing experience as a member of our Resident Choir, an intermediate step in between the Training and Concert divisions. You can read all about how this will work on the handout provided. Also, we are excited that now we will be auditioning boys all the way from the second through the sixth grades.
A second significant change to our program will be the addition of tenor and bass voices to our Tour Choir. One of the most important services that the Boychoir can provide a young man is the skill set needed to grow into a responsible, active, and community-oriented adult singer. Because of that, a boy no longer need leave the Tour Choir when his voice changes. Rather, he will be invited to simply move his chair to the other side of the choir! We anticipate that, with this change, we will create even more mentoring opportunities between older and younger singers. Boys will be invited to remain in the choir (and tour with the choir) until they graduate from high school. Additionally, we will be creating more opportunities for these boys to give back to their Boychoir community (and perhaps earn service hours?) by helping younger boys with learning music, theory assignments, and more.
In closing, I want to let you know how much we value each and every boy that comes through our doors, and the families that they bring with them. I speak for every staff member of the Boychoir when I say that we are truly honored to work with such wonderful families.
Christopher M. Eanes
Click here to download a .pdf version of our flowchart.
2014-2015 Cincinnati Boychoir Progression
Primary — Intermediate — Advanced
Primary Division (Step One)
Boychoir Experience – Mrs. KellyAnn Nelson, Conductor
- 1st – 5th grade boys, no audition necessary
- Three different six-week sessions in different locations, Saturday mornings 9-10am
- October 25 – December 6, 2014 (perform at Carol Sing, Sunday December 7)
- January 10 – February 14, 2015 (perform at All-City Boychoir Festival, Saturday, February 21)
- March 7 – April 18, 2015 (perform at Spring Concert, Sunday April 19)
Intermediate Division (Steps Two and Three)*
*Boys must spend at least one year in this division – most will spend at least two
Training Choir – Mrs. KellyAnn Nelson, Conductor
- Step Two – Treble choir (unchanged voices), approximately 5 performances per year, including a day-long community spring tour
- 2nd – 5th grade boys by audition, September – April
- Mondays 6-7pm
Resident Choir – Mrs. KellyAnn Nelson, Conductor
- Step Three – Treble Choir (unchanged voices), approximately 5-10 performances per year including a local one-overnight tour
- 3rd – 6th grade boys by audition, September – April
- Mondays 6:30 – 8pm
Advanced Division (Steps Four and Five)*
*Boys must have completed at least 1 year in the Intermediate Division to qualify
Concert Choir – Dr. Christopher Eanes, Conductor
- Step Four – Treble Choir (unchanged voices), primary performing and collaborating ensemble for the Cincinnati Boychoir,
- approximately 15-20 performances per year including an overnight mini-tour in the Midwest
- Open to boys in 4th grade – voice change by audition, September – April
- Mondays 6:30 – 8:30pm
Tour Choir – Dr. Christopher Eanes, Conductor
- Step Five – Mixed-Voice SATB chamber ensemble (unchanged and changed voices), approximatelyFlowChart 20-25 concerts per year including an annual national or international tour
- Open to 4th – 12th grade boys by audition, full-year commitment required
- Treble voices must have completed a year in the Intermediate Division
- Tour Choir treble voices also sing in Concert Choir
- Mondays 6:30 – 8:30pm (treble voices only), Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm (all SATB voices)
Beyond the Boychoir:
Men’s Glee Club – Dr. Christopher Eanes, Conductor
- TTBB ensemble (changed male voices), approximately 5 concerts per year
- Open to any male with a change (tenor or bass) voice
- Sing major works with Boychoir trebles and perform occasionally separately
- Sundays 4:00 – 6:00pm
- No age limit