We build men of character

How do we do this?  There are the rehearsals of course, each of which is a demanding 90 minutes of focused concentration. This is where an 8 year old begins his tenure in the choir, taught by music experts who understand the learning styles that are unique to boys. He will  tackle all the elements of music (rhythm, melody and harmony) and how to sing and how to blend as one voice. But this is only the “visible” part of the program.13177494_1192337600799295_1422001380546164117_n

Building anything of value takes time, attention to detail, opportunity and experience. At Houston Boychoir we offer those opportunities and experiences. Most recently boys attended Houston Grand Opera’s production of Carousel at the Wortham Theater Center. Here they experienced great singing, high quality production and the opportunity to interact with Houstonians who care about the arts. Boys dressed up for the theater and conducted themselves as gentlemen do.

On the first Saturday in May our Preparatory Choir took their annual Day Tour. On this trip they sang at a retirement community and witnessed how their gifts  of music impacted others on a personal level. From there, they stopped in Galveston at The Children’s Center, a place that operates to serve the homeless, the neglected, the abandoned, the abused or forgotten. They sang yes, but they have also spent weeks collecting gift cards, diapers, clothing, personal hygiene products, school supplies and more. Through this experience these boys they experienced the joy of giving as well as gained a deeper appreciation for their life circumstances.

These were two completely different experiences, each one designed to influence various aspects of the life of a man of character. I invite you to join us in our mission. You can volunteer, you can donate or perhaps you know of a boy who could benefit from a program such as this. The Houston Boychoir, it will change your life!

Visit our website and see how to audition.

Young men with a mission.

 

They Are Warriors

Caroling14He might be 8 years old or he might be 18, but every day he gets up and goes to school and then, 1 or 2 days a week after school he attends choir rehearsal where he learns the art of self discipline, of mental gymnastics, of precision  to detail, of nuance of language (both his own and foreign tongue), and of the physical stamina required to stand for long hours of rehearsal. He develops drive and the ambition to be better than he is. He learns how to be a team member, how to support his fellow choristers by knowing his part and by knowing what he is a part of. He learns how to take direction and he learns how to ask questions.

In addition to all of this, the boy gives up one Saturday a month to continue to add to his understanding of music, of teamwork and of himself. He must maintain excellence in all things: his grades, his conduct and his health. Then, come late November and December his schedule becomes the battlefield. He will participate in up to 20 performances, he will still have to take final exams or end of course work and when school is over and the concerts are done, he will take one more day to give to his community by spending 8 hours in the Houston Medical Center to give the gift of his music for patients, families, doctors, nurses and all hospital support staff.

In a few days these boys will begin the process again. They will happily come to rehearsal eager to see what new adventures will lie before them, adventures in music, in friendship, and in the journey we call life.

These are our future parents, educators, and leaders. We salute you singing boys everywhere!

Two Locations make Houston Boychoir twice as accessible and twice as fun!

 

Houston Boychoir is conveniently located in two areas of our city, making it even more accessible.

Houston Boychoir is conveniently located in two areas of our city, making it even more accessible

If you live outside the 610 Loop or north of Westheimer or 290 or I10, you will find our West Campus most convenient. It is a great place for multi tasking.  Run errands while your son is rehearsing or add steps to your Fitbit mall walking! We share our beautiful space with the Virtuosi of Houston Studio.

Memorial City Mall
303 Memorial City Way #235
Houston, TX 77024
Virtuosi Studio is in Memorial City Mall at the Target entrance near Macy's

Virtuosi Studio is in Memorial City Mall at the Target entrance near Macy’s

West Campus

Or you might find our Central Campus more convenient. In the heart of the city, it is located adjacent to Rice University and the West University Village at Christ the King Lutheran Church. The area is rich with opportunity.

Central Campus

Which ever campus you attend, our directors are top notch, the best in the field of elementary music and specialists working with young boys. You will find that when your son is engaged in singing, he is a healthier, happier boy and who doesn’t want that!

A Season in Preview

Fun in Robes at Bayou Bend

Fun in Robes at Bayou Bend

The upcoming 2015 – 2016 Season is taking shape

 October 4th 6:00PM Sunday – St. Thomas University, Sister Cities Opening Ceremony

October 11th, at 11:00 AM, First Lutheran Evangelical Church,

December 2nd 5:00PM Wednesday – MFAH Donor Party at Bayou Bend

December 10th 7:00PM Thursday – Texas Children’s Hospital Holiday Party at First Presbyterian

December 12 & 13 5:30 to 8:30 PM for the Heritage Society Annual Candle Light Tours atSam Houston Park in the St. John’s Church

December 20th 4:00 & 7:00PM Sunday – Winter Concert at First Presbyterian

January 31st 8:00AM Sunday – Church services at Gloria Dei Lutheran

February 6th 4:00PM Saturday – Sing 4 Life Concert at Grace Presbyterian

March 26, 2016, 5thAnnual Status of Boys Scholarship Luncheon, Junior League

April 10th at 5:00 PM, Concert for St. Philip Presbyterian Concert Series

May 15th 4:00 PM Sunday – Spring Concert at Moores Opera House, U of H

Church services at Christ the King, First Presbyterian, Grace Presbyterian

National Anthems for Houston Rockets and Houston Astros

Houston Boychoir Parents!

Our parents involved at our boychoir picnic!

Our parents involved at our boychoir picnic!

One of the most valuable resources in our organization is- hands down our parents! Without parental input and support we would never be able to run a successful choir and help create responsible men out of the boys who come to us. At Houston Boychoir we know and appreciate the value of our parent volunteers. They are awesome caring people who have a multitude of talents that include: sewing, photography, writing, art design, costuming, marketing, video, sales, organizational skills, accounting and book-keeping, cooking, nursing, event planning, communications, design, business, musical skills, sales, computer skills, and so much more.

Parents provide the backbone to our community and it can frequently be seen in the success of the boys whose parents are involved most! But now, scientific studies prove that parental involvement is beneficial to the child, to the parents and to the entire family.

1. Parents are able to be involved in more after-school programs than in-school programs because it usually coincides with their work schedules. Milton J. Little, Jr., President of United Way Atlanta says, “Research shows that students are better off in after-school programs linked to their school activities and where their families are involved and engaged with what they are learning and how they are spending their afternoons.”

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Our parent fetching water for boys!

2. By being more involved in these programs, parents are more able to monitor their child’s progress and have regular correspondence with the teachers to ensure their child is receiving the right attention for his specific needs.

3. Parents are also educated about the specialized activity their child is involved in, which in our case, is being in a choir and singing. Parent’s musical knowledge and ability can even be built up as they become more involved in what their child is doing.

4. Parents involvement also makes it possible for the organization to do more with less. When parents volunteer less money is spent on staff and more resources are available in direct programming for boys, allowing provision for as many learning opportunities as possible.

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Parents getting together to plan future meals.

5. Parents involvement can also support more positive parent-child relationships at home (Priscilla Little, Research and Strategy Consultant). Children feel more encouraged when they can see their parents involved in the after-school program, and can go home and discuss it with their parent.

We know parents and their children have many opportunities for after school engagement, “But all these innovative programs and expanded opportunities will not, in and of themselves, make a difference if each of us, as parents and as community leaders, fail to do our part by encouraging excellence in our children.”
– President Barack Obama

So here’s to our parents, we salute you!

San Antonio TMEA trip!

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Peformance time!

Houston Boychoir was extremely honored to perform at this year’s Texas Music Educator’s Association on February 13th! TMEA was great– hats off to Colleen Riddle for organizing the Elementary Division. It was fantastic hearing other choirs and it really added to the development of our group.

The boys had a great time after the show,  exploring Texas history, riding the river and experiencing the fiesta of San Antonio!

Here are a few pictures of our San Antonio trip!

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Preparing for the show!

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Riding the river!

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Our awesome directors!

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Cooling down with some ice cream!

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Dinner with the spirit of fiesta!

How Houston Boychoir can help your son!

So your son has trouble concentrating on his homework. He’s constantly in trouble at school for not listening to the teacher. He can run miles around you without taking a break and never seems to be worn out. What’s wrong with him? you think to yourself everyday. The answer is, absolutely nothing. He’s just a boy.

Jonathan&MatthewAccording to Dr. Anthony Rao, who is a nationally-known expert in child psychology, boys have more difficulties in their schooling career than girls generally do. Boys are diagnosed with ADHD three times more than girls are, and are expelled at a rate of four to five times more often than girls! Those are numbers that cannot be ignored.

Houston Boychoir challenges these statistics and creates an environment that teaches and shapes boys into young men; training them to be responsible and mature while still enjoying their youth. Dr. Rao points out the benefits of choir specifically for young boys by highlighting what choirs do.

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Your son gets lost in his own world often? A choir targets this by training him to stay focused enough to be in sync with the other voices. Maybe your son is impulsive, disorganized and easily distracted. A choir trains him to stay on note and in time to the music, he has to learn how to practice and commit to his part- all helping him to keep his concentration. He is taught to channel his extra energy in an artistic and constructive way and is positively reinforced when he is rewarded by the attention he gets when he performs.

Teaching your son how to balance his energy and work towards a common goal with his friends is probably the most important lesson in a time where boys find it easier to get distracted and have more pressure to excel in school. If your son has problems in any of these areas, enrolling him in Houston Boychoir could give him the structure and discipline that he needs! Not to mention, the outstanding vocal lessons he would receive! ChamberWinter2014

Houston Boychoir Invited to Sing at TMEA

Congratulations to the Preparatory Choir and Holly Holt-Cabrera and Rebecca Seekatz. They have been invited to sing at the Texas Music Educator’s Association annual convention in San Antonio Texas. They are only one of 8 choirs in their division to be invited to perform. Coming in February 2015.

Preview the 2014-2015 Season

Join us for the 2014-2015 Season as we provide a rich cultural and quality education that will remarkably transform, rambunctious boys into quality young men right before your very eyes. You will witness random energy channeled into a force for good.

November

Christ the King Lutheran Church
November 9, 2014

December

Annual Heritage Society Candlelight Tours
Sam Houston Park, Downtown Houston
Friday & Saturday December 12 & 13, 2014
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

*Christmas Party
Saturday December 13, 2013

Houston Boychoir Winter Concert
First Presbyterian Houston
Sunday, December 21, 2014
4:00 & 7:00 PM

January

First Presbyterian Houston
Sunday, January 11, 2015

February

Sing4Life
Grace Presbyterian Church
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – 4:00 PM

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Sunday, February 8, 2014 – 9:30 AM

TMEA Invited Choir
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas
Thursday, February 12, 2015

March

St. Matthew Passion by J. S. Bach
Bach Society Houston
Sunday, March 29, 2015 – 6:00pm

April

Annual Status of Boys Scholarship Luncheon
Junior League Houston
Thursday, April 2, 2015 – 11:15 AM

St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys from London
717 Sage Road
Houston, Texas 77056
Friday, April 24, 2015

May

52nd Annual Spring Concert
University of Houston Moores Opera House
Sunday May 17, 2015 – 4:00 PM

Houston Boychoir takes on Houston Astros
Minute Maid Park
Sunday, May 31, 2015 – 1:10 PM
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*Private Performances

First Tour

Being a rookie on tour can be very challenging and very rewarding. Tour is full of singing and rehearsals and calisthenics, can’t forget the calisthenics. When on tour you have to be on your toes at all times. You have to be ready to sing anything from Non nobis domine to the Glendy Burk.

Another big part of tour is the home stays. Home stays are a thing we do where nice people invite us to spend the night at their house. When I first heard the idea I was a little confused, the idea of spending the night in a complete strangers house was little scary, but once I actually met my home stay family they turned out to be very nice.

On tour we can be singing anywhere from a church to a assisted living facility. As Mrs. Nelson says, “Singing, it’s a thinking mans game.” My first tour has been a very fun experience and I can’t wait untill next season so I can do it again.

Hunter