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.
As a parent volunteer, I know that Houston Boychoir puts boys first. The choir accepts boys from the greater Houston area and gives them a fine musical education along with performance and travel opportunities. The choir has been a second family for my son since he joined at age nine. As a teenager, he sings in the Boychoir's high school group. He has made great friends along the way, and has learned that working hard at something you love brings great personal reward. The rehearsal and performance schedules are demanding, but the results show at every concert. The boys tour every summer and attend a choir camp to learn new music, and fun is interwoven with the learning. The experience has certainly deepened my son's love of music.
The Houston Boychoir sings at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Nassau Bay, TX each year where they hold their annual retreat. They are a remarkable group of young men whose singing lifts us to the heavens with their pure tones and outstanding pitch. It is a huge blessing to our congregation and we are very thankful that they come to sing for us and lead us in worship.
My first impression of the HBC is the focus and discipline apparent in their performance. This is an opportunity for children to become young men having experienced team spirit and community. I have met some of the former "boys" who have turned into healthy, well adjusted young men with bright futures ahead. I believe the HBC and dedication of the Executive Director, Carole Nelson provide these boys with opportunites to experience the world through travel, community through a healthy sense of belonging, and a growing sense of life and all it's possibilites.