Primary Division: Boychoir Experience
Open to: any boy grades 1 – 5
Instructor: KellyAnn Nelson
Accompanist: Bonnie K. Spain
Boychoir Experience provides an opportunity for boys in grades 1 – 5 to participate in the Cincinnati Boychoir without an audition. During each 6-week session, boys learn about music-making and participation on a choral “team” within the confines of a friendly and fun environment. They learn basic musical concepts through singing, movement, games, and a variety of other activities. At the end of each session, Boychoir Experience participants join with the entire Cincinnati Boychoir in a concert.
Classes: Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00 am
- Rehearsals October 22 – December 3, 2016 (no rehearsal Thanksgiving weekend)
- Concert Saturday December 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm
- Rehearsals February 25 – April 8, 2017 (no rehearsal Easter weekend)
- Concert Sunday April 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Cost: $115 for a six-week session (register here)
Director: KellyAnn Nelson, Associate Artistic Director
Assistant Conductor: Christopher Wheeler
Accompanist: Shiloh Roby
The Intermediate Division assumes no prior knowledge nor experience with music and singing, and provides each boy the fundamental skills he will need to achieve success throughout the Boychoir program. Regular music theory lessons (taught during scheduled rehearsal times) enhance the teaching of basic vocal and musicianship skills. All rehearsals are structured to fit multiple learning styles and are specifically “boy-friendly”, including opportunities for them to sing together, develop choral “teamwork” skills, play music games, and become contributing citizens within the Cincinnati Boychoir family. All boys participate in a program of mentorship (in which returning boys serve as “big brothers” to new boys) and periodic assessments are given in order to monitor each boy’s progress.
Training Choir (Level 1 in the Intermediate Division)
Open to: any boy in grades 2-5 who successfully completes the entrance audition.
The Training Choir is the first year-round choral ensemble in which a Cincinnati Boychoir singer participates. Specific music theory topics include identification/understanding of musical symbols & terms, identification/reading of simple rhythms & meters, and identification/reading of diatonic scales & melodies. Vocal instruction emphasizes the ability to access their head voice, proper breathing technique, phonation/placement, and diction. Training Choir singers work on repertoire that is unison or 2-part, and special attention is paid to developing “music listening ears” so that singers can focus on intonation and holding their own part in a choral piece. Training Choir performs in approximately five concerts per year, and has one outreach tour for a day in March to multiple retirement homes in our community (with a bus and pizza).
Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Aronoff Center for the Arts
Cost: $285 per semester (September & January)
Resident Choir (Level 2 in the Intermediate Division)
Open to: any boy in grades 3-6 by audition.
The Resident Choir is the newest year-round choral ensemble in which an Intermediate Division Cincinnati Boychoir singer participates. Boys must demonstrate a strong ability to match pitch, focus in rehearsal and show aptitude for figuring out the “puzzle” of music.
Specific music theory topics include identification/understanding of musical symbols & terms, identification/reading of simple to intermediate rhythms & meters, and identification/reading of diatonic scales & melodies. Vocal instruction emphasizes the ability to access their head voice, proper breathing technique, phonation/placement, and diction. Resident Choir singers work on repertoire that is unison, 2-part, or 3-part, and special attention is paid to developing “music listening ears” so that singers can focus on intonation and holding his own part in a choral piece. Resident Choir performs in approximately 5-10 concerts per year, and has one overnight outreach tour within the Greater Cincinnati area.
Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Aronoff Center for the Arts
Cost: $305 per semester (September & January)
Director: Dr. Christopher Eanes, Artistic Director
Assistant Conductor: Lisa Peters
Accompanist: Mrs. Bonnie Spain, Associate Director
Boys must complete at least one year in the Intermediate Division before they are eligible to audition for the Advanced Division.
Boys must have completed Book I in the theory curriculum and demonstrate success in the four areas for advancement: Vocal Technique, Behavior/Citizenship, Attendance and Sightsinging/Music Theory. Boys will continue their music theory studies as well as performing throughout the city, region and world at the highest musical level. All rehearsals are structured to fit multiple learning styles and are specifically “boy-friendly”, including opportunities for them to sing together, develop choral “teamwork” skills, play music games, and become contributing citizens within the Cincinnati Boychoir family. All boys participate in a program of mentorship (in which returning boys serve as “big brothers” to new boys) and are evaluated periodically so the staff can monitor each boy’s progress.
Concert Choir serves as the Cincinnati Boychoir’s main performing ensemble. The Concert Choir performs at most of the concerts located within the city limits of Cincinnati, including an annual major work with orchestra, and periodic appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, May Festival, and the Cincinnati Opera, among others.
Specific music theory topics include sight-reading of increasingly complex rhythms and meters, diatonic scales and key signatures, and basic interval identification. Vocal instruction continues to emphasize respiration (particularly as the boy matures physically), phonation/placement, and diction. All singers learn the International Phonetic Alphabet in order to manage proper diction in foreign languages.
Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30, Aronoff Center for the Arts
Cost: $325 per semester (September & January)
Open to: any boy within the Concert Choir who is invited to audition, based on criteria stated above.
The Tour Choir is an SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) chamber choir within the Concert Choir, and is the Cincinnati Boychoir’s premiere performing ensemble. The Tour Choir performs approximately 35 concerts each year throughout the Greater Cincinnati area and undertakes an annual performance tour.
Boys who wish to sing in the Tour Choir must show the highest level of dedication to their music-making, as well as maturity and leadership within choral rehearsals and performances. Criteria for joining the Tour Choir include: boy’s score on the Tour Choir entrance test, vocal and physical maturity, leadership capability, and the discretion of the director. Participation in the Tour Choir requires a great deal of time and commitment both from the boy and from his family as the ensemble works professionally as a contracted choir when called upon.
Boys continue to hone their music theory skills in the Tour Choir, learning non-diatonic scales, interval naming, and basic triadic harmony. Vocally, the boys are encouraged to continue to learn healthy singing; often, the boy’s voice will begin to change during his Tour Choir tenure, and individual instruction may be necessary to aid him through the transition.
A note on changed voices: boys who are accepted into the Tour Choir whose voices change may remain in the ensemble singing in their new range. Boys whose voices change prior to their acceptance into the Tour Choir may audition for the Tour Choir, or may sing in the MANChoir or BeauxTies.
Director: Michael Pekel
The BeauxTies is a changed-voice ensemble that sings more contemporary repertoire, including college a cappella songs, traditional barbershop, and much more. Any boy with a changed or changing voice is invited to audition and participate in any one of the three BeauxTies sessions (or trimesters) each season.
In order to accommodate the busy schedules of our young men, BeauxTies members only commit to one trimester at a time.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30, Aronoff Center for the Arts
Cost: $220 per TRI-mester (September, November, January)