The American Boychoir's rich sonorities, musical sophistication, expressive power and innovative programming have established its reputation as the United States' premier concert boys' choir and one of the finest boychoirs in the world. Its members – boys in grades 5 through 8 – come from around the country to pursue a rigorous academic and musical curriculum at The American Boychoir School, the only non-sectarian boys' choir school in the country. The student body reflects the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of the United States, and graduates are eagerly sought by the finest boarding schools or are frequently placed in advanced courses in hometown public schools.
Founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1937 (as the Columbus Boychoir), the American Boychoir has been located in Princeton, New Jersey since 1950. Gian Carlo Menotti is said to have written Amahl and the Night Visitors which premiered in 1951 with the Columbus Boychoir sound in mind, and both Chet Allen and his understudy for the premiere, Richard Mincer, were Columbus Boychoir members. Traditionally the Boychoir would appear at the end of the telecast, filling out the remainder of the hour timeslot with a performance of carols.
The mission of The American Boychoir is to sustain and move forward with a distinctively American voice the one-thousand-year-old boychoir school tradition. The American Boychoir is committed to being the finest choir of its kind in the nation and among the finest in the world. The American Boychoir achieves this each year by recruiting and training talented choristers from across the country.
The American Boychoir Recorded live at the 2011 Texas Music Educators Association Convention, San Antonio, TX, Feb. 2011. Fernando Malvar-Ruis, Litton-Lodal Music Director; Kerry Heimann, Assistant Music Director, Accompanist.
The American Boychoir "In this recording we have tried to take you, the listener, on a musical journey around the world using the tremendous flexibility and vocal range of our choristers to "spice" each piece accordingly."
-Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Music Director
The American Boychoir "The United States of America can generally be described as a nation of faith. From those first pilgrims seeking religious freedom to the present, this faith has been expressed consistently across different backrounds, religions and races through song. 'Harmony' seeks to be a contemporary sampling of such expression."
The American Boychoir This album brings together some of the most beautiful sacred music from Paris written for treble voices over the past century. It is complemented by some wonderful and virtually unknown organ music by Gabriel Fauré and Erik Satie. Conducted by James Litton.
The American Boychoir A sparkling collection of beloved Christmas carols no longer available on American Boychoir recordings plus previously unreleased holiday favorites. Conducted by newly appointed music director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz and music director emeritus James Litton.
The American Boychoir Unlike any other lullaby collection currently available on the market, this CD offers soothing lullabies for children and adults in many languages and from many lands. Includes solo piano interludes. James Litton - Music Director
The American BoychoirDevin Provenzano A good collection of Christmas Carols beautifully sung by the boys of the American Boychoir. James Litton, Conductor.
Performed with the Albemarle Consort of Voices and orchestra.
The American Boychoir James Litton, Music Director.
Arrangements of popular hymns, performed with Stephen Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris, the Albemarle Consort of Voices, and the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. Orchestrated and arranged by Ron Huff and Tom Mitchell.
The American Boychoir James Litton is conducting The American Boychoir with The Atlantic Brass Quintet. Selections 1-17 (First CD) and 18-22 (Second CD) recorded at Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA, March 11 and 12, 1991; Selections 23-34 (Second CD), recorded at The Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA, January 22, 23 and 24, 1992.
The American Boychoir The purity of boys' voices resonates through these two contrasted settings of Psalm 110 by George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi. James Litton, Music Director.
Performed with the Albemarle Consort of Voices, and the Eighteenth Century Ensemble
The American Boychoir Composed and arranged by Malcolm Dalglish with inspiration and lyrics from Wendell Berry, early American shape-note hymns and Shaker songs. Glen Velez play Remo bodhran, frame drums and hand percussion. The choir is under the direction of James Litton.
The American Boychoir John Duzma, Music Director
Ruth Negri, Harpist
Harriet Wingreen, Piano
Paul-Martin Maki, Organ
David Edwards, Todd Peterson, Donald Williamson and Benjamin Youngman, Treble Soloists
The American Boychoir In September 2002, an extraordinary musical event took place. Two of the world's top choral directors, working with young members of The American Boychoir and the Newark Boys Chorus, made music together before an audience of choral musicians from around the world. They were attending the 14th annual National Choral Conference hosted by The American Boychoir.
“Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice” shows how Dr. Anton Armstrong of St. Olaf College in Minnesota and Dr. André Thomas of Florida State University melded a group of young people into an amazing musical instrument. This is also the story of how the arts can inspire and instruct, helping young people learn the values of hard work, responsibility, and self-confidence.
The documentary was directed by Emmy Award winning producer Robert E. Frye and edited by Markus Peters.
Funding for Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice was made possible in part by grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The F.M. Kirby Foundation and The New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
The American Boychoir James Jordan with Craig Denison, Vincent Metallo and Constantina Tsolainou
This self-instructional video contains four master teachers who conduct eight complete warm-ups with their ensembles. More than fifty exercises are presented on this 75-minute video, useable for choral ensembles at any level.
Step-by-step instructions for planning warm-ups at any level
Specialized exercises for children’s choirs
Demonstrations of children’s singing performed by the Resident Training Choir of The American Boychoir School
Exercises for teaching relaxation, posture, breathing, exhalation, inhalation, support, resonance, legato, staccato, martellato, range extension, register mixing, leaps, crescendo/decrescendo, flexibility, vowel modification and intonation
The American Boychoir This documentary weaves together the music, art, poetry and history of the children imprisoned by the Nazis in the ghetto at Terezin in Czechoslovakia from 1941 to 1945.
The poetry written by the children during that time has been set to music by Charles Davidson in the concert "I Never Saw Another Butterfly." Fifty years later, The American Boychoir traveled to Czechoslovakia to perform the concert under the direction of James Litton.
A precious few of the children who survived tell their story in the film. "The Journey of Butterfly" preserves the legacy of creativity and the human spirit which emerged under the harshest of conditions.
Directed by Emmy award winner Robert E. Frye.
1995 CINE Golden Eagle Award Winner
The American Boychoir In October 1991, The American Boychoir traveled to Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) and performed “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” composed by Charles Davidson.
The story was told in the award winning documentary “The Journey of Butterfly,” incorporating the music, poetry and witness of children imprisoned at the Nazi Ghetto at Terezin between 1941 and 1945.
Ten years later, members of the 1991 Boychoir, as young men in their 20s, reunited with survivors featured in the original documentary. “The Journey of Butterfly - The Legacy,” tells the story of the impact the experience had on the Boychoir members.
The American Boychoir With the members of the Columbus Boychoir School; Donald Hanson, Director, and Peggy Tompkins, Edith Harper, Kevin Fitzgerald.
A young boy auditions for a position in a choir academy; he is turned down. He returns home with his mother and father where the father is met with the news that his father has just died, and he must leave immediately for the funeral. Upon his arrival at his parents' home, he finds he is too late for the funeral. Later that evening, over coffee, he tries to reconcile himself with his sense of loss in a brief talk with his mother. This narrative framework serves as the jumping-off point for numerous digressions and reminiscences utilizing both "found" and originally photographed imagery. 40 mins.
The American Boychoir by George Bragg. Privately published by the author.
His experiences in five books as a Founder-Director of what became, at the time, the American icon of boychoir. These books are no longer for sale.
The Big Book, Brief History of Boy Choir, The 1952-53 Diary, The Second Copy, The Third Copy.
A description of the contents of these publications.
Also features the Vienna Boys Choir tour in Japan, various interview articles including the Associate Music Director of American Boychoir, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz and one of his trebles Morgan Bothwell ; Prof. G. Christof Biller the Thomanerchor cantor with one Thomaner treble named Julius Linnert, interwiews with WSK boys, plus an independent article of Edward Burrowes' visit to 'Les Petits Chanteurs de l'Ecole de l'Etoile du Matin', Tokyo.
More than 100 full-color pages. This book is entirely in Japanese.