Since 1948, the Phoenix Boys Choir has provided top-quality music education for boys ages 7-14, and lively entertainment for audiences around the world. Concert tours throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the Orient have brought the choir audience and critical acclaim as one of the globe's outstanding boychoirs. In 2001, the Choir won a Grammy for Best Choral Performance for its recording of Penderecki's Credo.
The choir has been under the baton of Georg Stangelberger since 1999. Each season, 30 – 40 singers from the over 200 member Phoenix Boys Choir are selected for membership in the organization's elite Tour Choir. Ranging from 10 to 14 years of age, these singers are lauded internationally as a result of their intensive Arizona-based training program.
Concert tours throughout the United States, England, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, China, and Japan have brought the choir both audience and critical acclaim as one of the globe's outstanding boy choirs. The Phoenix Boys Choir has performed for four United States Presidents and with name entertainers such as Doc Severinsen, Stevie Wonder, Dinah Shore and Keith Lockhart conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 2001 they were named "Cultural Ambassadors" to the European Union and in December of 2002 were named an Honorary Phoenix Point of Pride by the Honorable Skip Rimza, Mayor of Phoenix.
Credo is one of eight compact discs featuring the Choir, the most recent being Joy to the World featuring favorite Christmas and Chanukah songs.
In February 2003, the Tour Choir performed for the American Choral Directors Association Convention in New York City as the only American Boychoir selected for this event. The choir performed at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and Riverside Church.
In 2005 the choir toured Italy and Spain where they sang with the Capella Sisitina in Rome as well as in 4 International Choral Festivals in Spain.
In July 2007 the choir received first prize in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival at the Musikverein in Vienna – Category Treble Choir – and second prize in the category mixed choir (joined by the Men of the Phoenix Boys Choir)
Since 2006 the choir is one of the largest boychoirs of America due to its extensive outreach program throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area and has received the Education and Outreach award of Chorus America for its efforts in this area.
Phoenix Boys ChoirWill Bates "Joy To The World!" What better title for a Holiday recording of favorite International carols? Center Piece of this recording is Michael Abel's medley "A World of Carols" featuring songs from England, France, Austria and Poland as well as the Latin Chant "Personent Hodie". We Hope you will enjoy this CD with your whole family and share in the Phoenix Boys Choir Holiday traditions.
Phoenix Boys ChoirTerry Smith TRACKS: Britten: A Ceremony of Carols, Jon McHatton and Robert Cummins Soloists; Mozart Alleluia, Haydn Laudate Pueri Dominum, Palestrina Hodie Christus Natus Es, Bach Wir Einen Mit Schwache..., Duet from Cantata # 78, My Lord What A Morning, Joshua Fight the Battle Of Jericho, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Terry Smith Soloist