Ever hear a boys’ choir? A boys’ choir is a choir primarily made up of boys who have yet to begin puberty or are in the early to middle stages of puberty and so retain their more highly pitched childhood voice type. Members of a boys’ choir are technically known as trebles and often termed “boy sopranos”, although occasionally some boys sing in the alto range. (from Wikipedia)
The unique sound of a boys choir is something to be heard. A good director will channel the enthusiasm and energy of young boys in a beneficial way and provide musical instruction that develops discipline, creating a sense of accomplishment for these young lives in their formidable years.
The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas, Inc. was founded in 1982 by William R. Adams , Founder & Artistic Director of the choir with 45 initial members. The organization has now grown into five performing ensembles with 200 choristers. The members are selected from the local area by audition and enter either the Training, Town or Tour choir. Membership is open to boys whose voices have not yet changed.
The choir was organized to give boys with special musical abilities and interests an opportunity to perform more challenging choral literature from classical selections to folk music. The group combines the freshness and enthusiasm of childhood with artistic maturity, something that can only be achieved through serious work. Boyish energy is channeled into dedication to excel, team effort and hard work. For other children, the boys serve as models of purposeful work and high achievement. For adults, they are inspirational reminders of human possibilities. (from Website)
The Fort Bend Boys Choir, a 38-voice touring choir based in Sugar Land, Texas, is coming to Port Townsend for a “Candlelight Concert” on Thursday. The choir, composed of boys age 9 to 14, will fill Trinity United Methodist Church with song — from Mozart to folk tunes — at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and admission to the performance at 609 Taylor St. uptown will be a $10 donation for adults, with children admitted free. Refreshments will be served after the music.
The Fort Bend Boys Choir was founded in 1985, and has since sent young singers on tours of the United States and Europe, including a tour last year to France’s Loire Valley, Dordogne and Basque regions and to Normandy and Paris. On the current tour of Washington state, the boy choir’s repertoire includes Mozart’s “Jubilate Deo” (“O be joyful in the Lord”); Bach’s “Ave Maria” and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”; Handel’s “Sing with Pleasure”; the spiritual “Keep Your Lamps”; and folk songs like Brendan and Alana Graham’s “My Land.”
From: The Peninsula Daily News