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.
With over a decade of interface with the Houston Boychoir (HBC) as a parent and as a volunteer, I now am serving as a HBC board member with the joy of giving back to one of the finest non-profit, independent arts organizations. HBC reflects and serves Greater Houston by providing boys exemplary vocal training, music education, and professional performance opportunities regionally and beyond. Being a mother of two HBC Alumni is most rewarding. The HBC provided unique, positive, inspirational and lasting experiences that contributed to each of my sons potential as a whole - choristers are taught to exhibit very high standards of discipline, behaviour and thoughtfulness towards others at all times. The 2009 service project “Ode to My Nurses” was incredible. This project was a collaborative one between Texas Children’s Hospital and the Houston Boychoir – the boys performed special music from patients’ poetry that was set to music. Their performance was powerful for contributors, participants and audience!