The Archdiocesan Boy Choir of Philadelphia was founded by Dr. Peter LaManna in 1969 at the request of His Eminence, John Cardinal Krol at the suggestion of Father William J. Smith. The present membership of about eighty boys, ages of 7 to 16, represents the five county area of the Archdiocese.
In addition to participation in liturgies at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul and local parishes, the boys maintain an external concert schedule which has taken them to various parts of the United States and Canada. In 1995 the choir had the rare and exciting privilege of singing at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal, for processions and special masses in which over one-half million pilgrims participated.
In addition to local television appearances, the choir has released three recordings on CD/Cassette - "Songs of the Cherubim" which contains favorite chants, motets, and choruses of the church, including the Pergulasi Stabat Mater. A Christmas recording, entitled "Midnight Mass", and just released in 2001, Golden Rose, a Celebration of Eucharistic and Marian Devotion.