The American Boychoir
Artist Biography75th Anniversary Season: 2012-2013
Celebrating the rich 75-year history as America's premier concert boys' choir, The American Boychoir has long been recognized as one of the finest musical ensembles in the country. Capitalizing on its trademark blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation, and ensemble virtuosity, The Boychoir performs regularly with world-class ensembles, including The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Boston Symphony, and is often featured with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Charles Dutoit, and Alan Gilbert.
The American Boychoir is frequently invited to join internationally-renowned artists on stage, and the list of collaborators reflects the extraordinary range of the ensemble: from great classical artists such as Jessye Norman and Frederica von Stade to jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and pop icons Beyoncé and Sir Paul McCartney. The choir's young soloists are also in high demand and have joined forces with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, and The Spoleto Festival, to name a few.
The Boychoirs' standing as preeminent ambassadors of American musical excellence is maintained through an extremely busy touring schedule both nationally and abroad and through frequent television and radio guest appearances -- most recently on NPR's From the Top, and on the weekly TV broadcast Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Its legacy is preserved through an extensive recording catalog, which boasts over 45 commercial recordings and the launch of its own label, Albemarle Records. The choir's most recent release, Journey On, was hailed by Fanfare magazine as "a fabulous recording, encompassing a remarkable range of music and styles, all of it performed with astonishing accuracy and élan, conveying at every turn a sense of discovery and an utter engagement with the music."
Boys in fourth through eighth grades come from across the country and around the world to pursue a rigorous musical and academic curriculum at The American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. In additional to almost one hundred solo concerts, the 75th anniversary season includes performances of Bach St. Matthew Passion and Orff Carmina Burana with The Philadelphia Orchestra; Berg Wozzeck at Avery Fisher Hall with Philharmonia Orchestra of London; Holst The Planets with The New Jersey Symphony; and several other collaborations with exciting artists to mark the choir's historic milestone.
The programs offered by The American Boychoir School are made possible in part through a grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding has been provided by the New Jersey Cultural Trust.