My son joined the Houston Boychoir at age twelve after being in a different choir for three years. He was accepted into the Chamber Choir and in the past year has learned music skills that he did not have before. He can now sight read as the choir has the boys learn their songs singing solfege before they learn the words. He has learned to count complex rhythms, recognize key signatures and phrasing. He keeps a practice log and has learned the discipline of daily practice. He was also taught to tie his own tie! The Houston Boychoir is rigorous and the music is challenging. The boys are held to a high standard musically which I especially appreciate! The director, assistant director, and staff are professional and very caring and supportive. They care about and are considerate of the parents as well as the boys, which is important. There are many performances throughout the year as well as a tour in the summer. The Houston Boychoir has a great reputation in the community and is presented with amazing opportunities and the boys reap the benefits. My son loves to sing and I wanted him to have an excellent music education in a caring, healthy, safe environment. The Houston Boychoir is a great, well thought out organization with gifted directors that really do help raise a boy to be an excellent, responsible young man who is also a highly trained professional musician. Also, a boy can audition and still be in the tour choir as an Olde Boy throughout Highschool when his voice changes. I find this to be particularly wonderful to have this support for a boy who loves to sing.
My experience as a member of the Houston Boy Choir is one which has made such an indelible mark on my life I cannot put into words just how important it was in shaping the person I am today. From the very start I was welcomed in and made to feel a vital part of a long-standing tradition of choristers who preceded me. And not only were we able to share our work to our immediate community, but also to those we visited on our tours and from whom we also learned a wealth of history and culture. Ask any alumnus of the choir and they will always remember the discipline taught surrounding punctuality, morning calisthenics, table etiquette, musicianship, and definitely how to tie your own tie.
My son joined HBC at age 10 and is looking forward to next year. I give my thanks to HBC for such an awesome experience and the motivational tools utilized to ground our children...with self confidence, independence and discipline....most importantly, the "joy" and "happiness" as shown in my son's singing. Tears brought to my eyes. Beautiful! We are grateful for the directorial staff.
I really can't say enough about how being a part of this organization can have a profound effect on a child. I believe it is imperative for a child to find atleast one thing that makes him or her special. Being part of this choir as a young boy helped me to find a confidence, and assurance I would have never had. I knew I was part of something special and that confidence was the spring board to achievement in every area of my life. I have the fondest memories of making music with young men of all races and backgrounds. We all came together every week to work on making a magical experience for audiences. The bond and commitment to great musicianship, refinement and character forged lifelong friendships amongst us all. If you are considering giving or getting involved you are truly helping to change lives.
Son 1 joined Houston Boychoir at the age of 10 - and was hooked from the very beginning. He spent 1 year in the prep choir, then was moved to the Concert Choir. It became evident that his voice would be changing soon. I spoke with the director, who encouraged us - "It's muscle; it can be trained. Don't worry, we will get him through this." For several years, Son 1 sang with the choir with a 5 octave range. In high school, he came back to work for 2 years in a junior managerial position. He went on to the Performing Arts High School, studied musical theater and music education in college, and is now senior choral director at a huge high school in a large major city, having impacted their musical theater program and taking an a capella group to nationals. He is living the dream - doing his music and positively impacting teenagers. We owe this ALL to Houston Boychoir, the training he received (both musical and in life skills!), and to their magnificent directoral staff.
Son 2 was also a chorister. He spent 3 years with the choir, then left to pursue other interests. This sparked a lifelong interest in music, having taken up cello in middle school (!) and guitar in high school, then returning to choral singing with his college choir. He has not pursued music the way his brother did, but the impact remains. He is thorough and detail oriented, carries a professional attitude towards all he attempts, and will be joining the rank of professional educators in the fall. And he's never late, for "To be on time is to be 15 minutes early".
Houston Boychoir has been instrumental in the development of both of my sons. We are hugely grateful to the entire directoral and managerial staff for the impact they have had on our family.
My son joined the prep choir when he was in 4th grade. He is now getting ready to enter high school next year. Of all the creative groups we have been a part of since we relocated to Texas from New York, Houston Boychoir has been the most impactful on my son. It has taught him to be part of a group without diminishing his individuality. It has not only provided him with a music education but has given him a sense of purpose and a sense of belonging. Through his association with Houston Boychoir he has become more worldly. The older boys act as models for the younger ones. My son has been mentored and is at the same time a mentor. When their voices change and they must move on, they leave with a sense of accomplishment and a strength as a leader and an individual which I don't see nurtured in any other organization that he is so involved with.
The music is beautiful and the camaraderie is uncomparable. They may move on when their voices change but the hearts remain. Those that stay on through adulthood as Men of the Houston Boychoir prove that it makes a long lasting impression on those that commit to the group. I am so greatful that my son has been a part of the choir and will remain part of the choir for years to come.
I would recommend this group to anyone with a son who wants to sing and wants to be part of something really special.
I have had the pleasure of working with the Houston Boychoir staff for the past three years as a volunteer graphic artist. They are always a pleasure to work with, open to new ideas, and very attentive. In addition to being a volunteer I am also a parent of a boy who has benefitted from being part of such a special organization. He has grown as an individual and learned to be part of an amazing group. He has had opportunities to try his hand a something he had an interest in and now has become a part of his life. Thank you for providing my son and me with an opportunitiy to partake in supporting the such a fine arts program in Houston.
My oldest son has been a member of the HBC for 2 years and my younger son has been a member for 1 year. I am very impressed by the professionalism of the choir overall. Both of my sons have matured and grown so much since they have been in the HBC. The teachers and staff are fine musicians that expect the best from the boys. They are firm, courteous, respectful and very punctual. My boys always return home very happy and excited after each rehearsals. They have made close friendships with their classmates. I believe the HBC complements beautifully their piano studies. The HBC is a first class organization that fosters a positive and professional environment for boys. I would strongly recommend it, not only for the musical growth of your son, but also for their personal growth.
My son was a member of the choir for five years. The Houston Boy Choir expanded his passion for singing and music. The organization helped him become more independent, organized, and goal oriented. The Houston Boy Choir also inspired tolerance and a true sense of community. The experience for my son was invaluable.
My son has been a member of The Houston Boychoir for the past 2 years, and has had a truly wonderful experience. The HBC is an organization that cares deeply about developing young boys to be well-rounded individuals and leaders of tomorrow. Through teaching them how to sing exquisitely and as a group, they cultivate in them not only a great love for music, but also a sense of discipline, strong character, professionalism, teamwork and perseverance. Such attributes are greatly needed in today’s world, and are best taught when children are young. That the boys enjoy their participation in the HBC as well as develop into men of character is best exemplified by the numbers of boys that continue on for many years, as well as some who, as adults, return to sing with the younger boys for their special public performances. If you have not heard the HBC sing, it should be on your ‘must-see’ list. The HBC and their staff are to be commended for the fine job they do.
We are so fortunate to have been turned on to this organization by our son’s elementary school music teacher. It is everything she said it was and more! I had not heard of it at that time, but I could tell she was very passionate in her recommendation of the organization. I decided to check into it. Everyone I spoke with had nothing but good things to say about the group, its staff and what it would do for the development of our child. It has done all that and more. He loves going to practice, he loves performing and he loves the summer camp and tour. The directors have turned him into a very confident performer and this transcends into other areas of his life such as public speaking. He doesn’t think twice or fear speaking in front of his whole school or even singing the National Anthem (solo) in front of them.
Several months ago, during my son’s saxophone lesson, he kept asking his saxophone teacher to explain to him how he could identify what key a song was in by simply looking at the music. I was curious where the desire to know this came from….he said he wanted to understand this concept better because his choir director was always talking about it and he wanted to know where she was coming from during rehearsals. While she really had a lot of saxophone to cover because he had a performance coming up, she relented and so ensued a 20 minute discussion of which I could not follow. He is 11. I am 45.
I believe they must also receive tips on how to become fine young men in addition to tips on how to sing and become fine young performers. When my son has less than admirable table manners, I have asked him on many occasions “would you do that if (insert important dignitary here) were with you right now?” It hasn’t worked…as is evident by how many dignitaries I have gone through….until…..I mentioned his choir director’s name. He stopped dead in his tracks, froze, and said “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….now I get it!” I haven’t had to use another name since.
But the most powerful endorsement of this organization probably comes from said choir member’s younger brother, who is waiting patiently to be old enough to join the group. He has sat through many practices and performances, patiently…., watching…., waiting…. and passing the time until he too, can one day join the ranks. In the meantime, he satisfies himself with listening to his older brother and trying to memorize what he hears and then runs along and sings what he can.