650 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
All rehearsals take place at the Aronoff, unless otherwise announced.
Fifth Third Theater Lobby
Aronoff Center for the Arts
655 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Cincinnati Boychoir provides exceptional concert opportunities and music education in a safe, diverse, and respectful environment.
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.
The Cincinnati Boychoir is one of the premiere professional boychoirs in the United States. Located in the urban arts core of Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the Boychoir reaches approximately 200 young men each year from more than 90 schools in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
Founded in 1965, the Boychoir meets the needs of each boy who enters the program with a curriculum that teaches not just musical skills but self-discipline, intellectual curiosity, empathy, and a spirit of volunteerism.
Boys from grades 1-12 attend weekly rehearsals, and commit from 6 weeks to a full academic year. Each week, all boys come together for a combined rehearsal in which older boys are empowered as big brothers to younger boys, teaching them the nuts and bolts of music and singing, as well as how to tie their bowtie and more.
We present approximately twenty annual performances in the greater Cincinnati region, and have performed concerts and completed residencies both at home and abroad.
We strive to make the Boychoir accessible to all boys, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic need, so they all have the opportunity to experience the life changing impact of immersive arts participation.
In 2015, our Board authored a strategic plan with the purpose of breaking the traditional children’s choir mold to strengthen our programming and differentiate ourselves from other youth arts programs around the region. Using the Design Thinking method, and following many interviews and working sessions with our key stakeholders, three focus areas emerged: personal growth, community impact, and travel. These comprise the lens through which all artistic programming is now designed, and were the genesis of our Cultural Curriculum, three-year cycles focused on a particular culture, region, language, or ethnicity through music, guest teachers, activities and travel.
From 2015-2018, we studied African-American music, history, and culture. We brought in specialists in gospel and spiritual music, toured Civil Rights-era landmarks in the Southeast U.S., worked closely with the local African-American community to build new relationships, understand community concerns, and create a welcoming space in which families from all backgrounds feel free to discuss the issues that confront them today. Our three-year cycle culminated in a tour to South Africa, where the boys sang alongside local youth, participated in service projects and returned home with an expanded worldview.
In 2018, we launched our Hispanic Cultural Curriculum, through which we are reaching into the growing Hispanic communities in Cincinnati. Throughout this three-year cycle, we explore the Hispanic influences at home, in the Americas, and around the world. We are active members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, have appointed two respected leaders in the Hispanic community to our board, and are beginning to print our materials bilingually.
Tours are an important part of our curriculum, and every boy tours.We believe the lasting transformation that occurs when blending lessons learned in a rehearsal room with experiential learning on the ground - either around Cincinnati or the globe - builds life skills that not only enrich individual boys, but everyone with whom they engage in the broader community.