“Cincinnati Boychoir is not just any children’s choir” – Cincinnati Enquirer
We couldn’t agree more! Since 1965, The Cincinnati Boychoir has been providing a music education for boys from throughout Cincinnati, and to date has graduated some 3,500 alumni from the choir program.
In our opinion, two things make this organization truly unique: first, the single-gender environment allows the Boychoir staff to focus on the unique needs of boys, which are often overlooked in today’s teaching environments.
Second, we believe that the act of putting together top-notch performances is a teaching tool in and of itself. The self-discipline, attention to detail, and drive needed to put on high-level concerts each year teach boys to take their work seriously and to believe in what they are doing. The Cincinnati Boychoir’s elite touring ensemble, the Ambassadors, has performed on many of the nation’s great stages, including The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Cincinnati’s own Music Hall. These performances are life-changing for the boys that perform them.
We also believe that one of our best teaching tools is the way the older boys can be role models for the younger boys. We bring all of the boys in every choir together to sing at least once a year, and many of the choirs sing together each week for a short part of their rehearsal. We assign each of the higher level boys a little brother in one of the lower level choirs to look out for. Boys in the higher level choirs each have responsibilities associated with their choir and with traveling (whether local or beyond the Cincinnati/tristate area).
As the boys progress through the various choirs, we get to watch them grow in self-confidence, intelligence, and manners. Many of our alumni have gone on to careers in music and music education, but many have not. All, however, tell us that their Boychoir experience shaped them in very positive ways.
Music Education at the Cincinnati Boychoir
We make a commitment to every boy that while they participate in the choir they will receive a quality music education (based on learning to read, sing and fully understand the music) that will allow them to be successful and advance through the multi-level program.
In keeping with our mission to create opportunities for every boy in the Cincinnati area to sing, we have a wide variety of choirs and events in which boys can participate. These opportunities include some in which boys do not have audition (All-City Boychoirs, Passport to Music camp, the young singers program) as well as groups which require the boys pass music theory tests in addition to auditioning for the director.
Young Singers Program
Grab your (musical) passport. Skip the audition. Bring your friends. Travel the world through music.
We are proud to announce two new programs that allow younger singers to join the Cincinnati Boychoir without the pressure of an audition or a mainstage concert. Each program is filled with singing, games, drumming, and themes of travel and storytelling. Tell your friends and sign up today for one session – or all three! All classes held in the Aronoff Center’s Rehearsal Hall (enter through the Fifth Third Theater entrance).
Passport to Music Class
Ages: 5–8-year-olds (pre-readers)
Mondays 5–5:45 pm OR Thursdays 4–4:45 pm
KellyAnn Nelson, Instructor
Passport to Singing Class
Mondays 5:55 – 6:45 pm OR Thursdays 4–4:45 pm
KellyAnn Nelson, Instructor
Mondays, 6:15 – 7:45 pm, September-April
Ms. Lisa Peters, conductor
Level 4 Trebles
Mondays 7-8:30 pm and Thursdays 6:30-8 pm, September-April
KellyAnn Nelson, conductor
Level 4 Changed Voice
Mondays 7-8:30 pm, September-April
Angelo Sylvestor, conductor
Mondays 7-9 pm and Thursdays 6:30-9 pm, September-July
Dr. Christopher Eanes, conductor
Learn more about the progression from one choir to the next.