The Minnesota Boychoir challenges boys and young men from many backgrounds to the highest standards of choral music, nurtures the development of exceptional character, and inspires and benefits the community.
The Minnesota Boychoir
Founded in 1962, the Minnesota Boychoir is the oldest boy choir in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area. The Boychoir’s reputation for excellence has brought invitations from local and national music conventions, as well as sporting events and touring Broadway companies. The Boychoir has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Prague Philharmonic, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio, amongst others. The 2014-2015 season includes collaborations with the Minnesota Orchestra, local musician Alison Scott, Celtic singer Katie McMahon and Theater Latte Da for their production of Oliver!. Highlights also include concerts at Landmark Center in Saint Paul, Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, and the new Ordway Concert Hall.
The choir’s schedule includes national and international tours, thrilling audiences in over a dozen states and on five continents. In 2007 to celebrate the Boychoir's 45th Anniversary, the boys headlined the World Voices Australia International Choral Festival at Sydney’s famed Opera House. Our 50th Anniversary Season began by touring to Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy in June 2011, featuring a performance for Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and culminated with solo performances at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and the State Capitol.
The Minnesota Boychoir trains young men to be outstanding musicians and strives to help them develop a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance. A choirboy is challenged to sing well, stand tall, stay on schedule, take pride in his appearance, respect those in charge and tap into the best part of whom he is and what he can accomplish. The Minnesota Boychoir challenges boys and young men from many backgrounds to the highest standards of choral music, nurtures the development of exceptional character, and inspires and benefits the community.
The Boychoir is comprised of boys and young men, ages 7 to 18. The singers come from many communities throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area and sing in one of four ensembles:
Comprised of our youngest and newest members, Cantar functions as a training choir. These developing singers, ages 7-9 rehearse once a week with emphasis placed on the basics of singing: posture, breathing, tone production, ear training and reading music. Rehearsals provide their core experience which build and increase musical skills.
New members and Cantar boys ages 9-12 are invited to sing in Cantando. These young singers rehearse once a week and learn to strengthen their own singing and musical skills through advanced study of the basics of singing, music theory and ensemble performance practice.
Participation in Cantabile is reserved for those choirboys ages 9-14 who have demonstrated high levels of musicianship, leadership, responsibility, discipline and commitment. Our most visible choir, Cantabile rehearses twice a week and performs at well over twenty events a season, singing music in a wide variety of styles and languages.
Graduates of the Boychoir program are invited to return to sing in Allegro. These singers, ages 14-18 rehearse once a week, and perform works for tenor and bass, the changed voice. They also regularly sing with our treble choirs, increasing the range of literature we are able to perform.
The Boychoir also produces these additional choirs:
The Tour Choir is comprised of our two most select ensembles, Allegro and Cantabile. While touring is not mandatory for these boys, most travel on summer tour to enhance their Boychoir experience by bringing their music not only to different cities and states, but also to different countries and continents. Their repertoire consists of the best of the best from our most recent concert season.
Parents of choirboys, members of our Board of Directors and friends of the organization come together in the spring to form the Adult Choir. While partly social in nature, this choir also serves as testing ground for future repertoire for our top choirs. All of the tuition collected from the singers benefits our scholarship fund. Learn more about joining the 2015 Adult Choir.
Each year, alumni of the organization are invited to join Allegro at our spring concerts to form AlumSing. This gives former members a chance to re-connect with the organization, not to mention getting the chance to sing some great music.
The Minnesota Boychoir is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.