Houston Boychoir Receives Prestigious Award from Mid-America Arts Alliance

Through a competitive application process, Houston Boychoir has been selected by the Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) to participate in a unique project called ENGAGE Houston. In a two-year time frame, with hands on guidance, HBC will strengthen its governance, planning, resource development, and civic engagement capacity, which will enable HBC to grow its mission now and for the future. The award, which coincides with Houston Boychoir’s 50th Anniversary Season, is designed to assist staff and board members in building capacity as a cultural leader in Houston, empowering HBC to strengthen and sustain itself for the next 50 years.

As a cultural organization, Houston Boychoir has a strong history of partnership with and service to the Houston community. Working with HISD and the schools, with Texas Children’s Hospital and its commitment to arts in medicine, with Writers in the Schools and with Houston’s greatest cultural treasures: Houston Bach Society, Bay Area Chorus, Hope Stone Dance, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Mercury Orchestra and many more.  Houston Boychoir brings  unique resources of children and the arts to the Houston cultural landscape.

M-AAA, a nonprofit regional arts organization serving Texas and four other states, worked in formal partnership with Houston Endowment to provide 30 arts and cultural organizations in the Houston area the opportunity to address the unique needs of Houston’s cultural infrastructure, “using an outcome-based evaluation approach to ensure effectiveness, ultimately resulting in strengthened cultural institutions – a benefit to all residents and visitors of the Houston area.” Houston Endowment supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that produce and maximize enduring benefits for the people of the greater Houston area. Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones established Houston Endowment as a private philanthropic foundation in 1937 to help create a community where the opportunity to thrive is available to all.

Congratulations Alan Hamilton

Former chorister Alan Hamilton received a two year contract to work with the Stuttgart Staatsoper, one of Europe’s leading Opera Houses which forms part of the Stuttgart State Theatre (Staatstheater Stuttgart) a three-branch-theatre complex (opera, playhouse and ballet) and represents the largest theatre of its kind in Europe. The opera house itself, formerly known locally as the ”Grosses Haus”, was designed by Max Littmann and opened in 1912 with the world premiere of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos”. The house, which has been a listed building since 1924, currently has 1,404 seats and a per-season audience of approximately 250,000. The opera house building is one of the few major German opera houses not to be destroyed in the World War II.. The opera house is also home to the Stuttgart Ballet.

An important centre for opera since the 17th century, Stuttgart has again become an important and influential centre since the war, particularly for contemporary works. Three operas by Carl Orff received their premieres there and the company has been associated with figures such as Wieland Wagner, Günther Rennert, Hans Werner Henze and Philip Glass. The company has won the Opera House of the Year award by the German magazine ”Opernwelt” more often than any other company: in 1994 (the inaugural award), 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and in 2006..

Alan sang in the Houston Boychoir, attended HSPVA and continued to work for HBC as a staff accompanist throughout his undergraduate work at the Moores School of Music. Since leaving Houston, Alan has earned a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano where he studied with Martin Katz and an Artist’s Certificate from The Juilliard School where he has also served on staff.

Board of Directors’ President, Helen Currier honored with highest nursing award

Helen Currier, BSN, RN, CNN, CNEP, director of Renal and Pheresis Services at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston was awarded the prestigious Barbara Prowant Lifetime Achievement Award in Nephrology Nursing during the 32nd Annual Dialysis Conference held on February 25-28 in San Antonio, Texas. The award recognizes nephrology nurses who have made significant contributions to the advancement of nephrology nursing through clinical care, education, and research.

Currier, who was mentored by former award winners including Barbara Prowant, is a national and international consultant, author and lecturer in pediatric nephrology nursing. Her research interests include pediatric renal replacement therapies, issues facing chronically ill children, quality of life for pediatric chronic kidney disease patients, health care environmental design and the healing arts. In 2010, she was inducted as one of twenty inaugural distinguished fellows for the Society for the Arts in Healthcare.

Currier came to Texas Children’s Hospital in 1976 to serve as a charge nurse for a 20-bed pediatric cardiology unit and later as charge nurse and unit teacher in an 18-bed PICU. By 1980, she had moved into the Dialysis unit of Texas Children’s, where she has held many leadership jobs. During her 36-year career, she has authored or co-authored 17 abstracts, 27 publications and has represented Texas Children’s Hospital at numerous national and international conferences around the world. A highlight has been her interface with nephrology nurse colleagues in South Africa where in 2010 she was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the Renal Care Society of South Africa in recognition of devotion and contribution of exceptional merit to the Society.

Currier holds varied interests in the medical arts. She is active in 8 organizations and serves on the Boards of the National Renal Administrators’ Association, the Society for the Arts in Healthcare and the Houston Boychoir.

Leonard Sax to speak at the First Annual Status of Boys Scholarship Luncheon benefittin Houston Boychoir

Dr Oz says, “Boys Adrift is a must read” for any parent, educator, or mentor of boys.

Join us at the Junior League where Dr. Sax will talk about the problems facing many of today’s unmotivated, underachieving boys and he will offer practical solutions to nurture and help build strong futures for boys and their families.

Come for lunch and prepare to be entertained, engaged and enlightened all the while having an opportunity to meet with colleagues and friends.

You will be supporting one of Houston’s treasures in education and music making. Help us grow our boys!

There are a few tables availabe to be purchased as well as individual tickets.

Sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital and Pierpont Communications this will one lunch not to miss.

La vie à pleines dents (to bite life with all of one’s teeth) Hope Stone Dance teams with Houston Boychoir, Mercury Baroque Orchestra

Jane Weiner’s acclaimed Hope Stone Dance Company premieres her newest work, la vie à pleines dents, with live music performed by Mercury Baroque, one of the nation’s leading period instrument orchestras. Also joining in this magical evening is the award-winning Houston Boychoir, under the direction of Carole Nelson. Hope Stone Dance overtakes a 10,000 square-foot raw space in downtown’s Houston Pavilions, making this the “pop-up art” performance of 2012 you won’t want to miss!

Houston Boychoir teams with Hope Stone Dance & Mercury Baroque Orchestra for a week of new dance set to timeless music. Listen to Bach’s Goldberg Variations played on period instruments by the incomparable Mercury Baroque Orchestra and ephemeral Houston Boychoir in a most unusal evening of Dance.

La vie à pleines dents (To bite life with all of one’s teeth) examines near-death experiences of terminally ill patients and death row inmates, giving new meaning to the cliché of “live each day like it’s your last.” Hope Stone dances amidst the music of Mercury Baroque and the award-winning Houston Boychoir.

Celebrate the Holidays with Houston Boychoir

The Holidays are Upon Us!
Make Houston Boychoir part of your celebration.
Join us for one or all of these events.

A Tapestry of Voices: Celebration
Villa de Matel!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
3:00 p.m.
Hear Houston Boychoir as guests of the Bay Area Chorus! Voices from the past and present are woven together in performances of original compositions and arrangements of traditional carols as we celebrate holiday traditions from around the world. The stunning beauty and fabulous acoustics of the concert venues is sure to enhance your enjoyment of our annual holiday concert season.

49th Annual Heritage Society Candlelight Tours
Sam Houston Park, Downtown Houston
Friday and Saturday, December 9 & 10, 2011
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hear the angelic voices in the historic St. John’s Church reminiscent of an old fashioned Christmas.

Candlelight Holiday Celebration at Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 1 Westcott St.
December 10, 2011
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Candlelight Open House tours allow visitors to experience the holiday glow of Bayou Bend in the evenings. Take a first floor tour of the collection while docents in each room explain the holiday decorations and traditions. Relax outside with a cup of hot cider as the Houston Boychoir serenades with many of your holiday favorites.

Houston Boychoir Winter Concert
First Presbyterian Church
December 18, 2011
7:00 PM
Start your holiday by joining joyous voices fill the air with happiness and holiday cheer. This annual tradition will feature an array of voices from the very small to the very tall, from boys to men.

A Season to Preview

A Look Ahead at the 2011-2012 Season

September
*Texas Pediatric Foundation Annual Benefit
*Wedding St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

October
*Wedding Chapelwood United Methodist Church

November
*Wedding Memorial Church of Christ

December
Concert with the Bay Area Chorus
Villa de Matel
December 4, 2011
2:00 PM

49th Annual Heritage Society Candlelight Tours
Sam Houston Park, Downtown Houston
Friday and Saturday, December 9 & 10, 2011
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Houston Boychoir Winter Concert
First Presbyterian Church
December 18, 2011
7:00 PM

*Wedding Austin Texas
*Wedding Trinity Episcopal Church

January
Concerts with Hope Stone Dance Company
And Mercury Baroque Orchestra
January 12, 13, 14 & 15, 2012

*Wedding St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
*Wedding Catholic Cathedral, Beaumont Texas

May
49th Annual Spring Concert
Sunday May 15, 2012
4:00 PM
University of Houston Moores Opera House

*Private Performances

Houston Boychoir Partners with Houston Symphony

HOUSTON BOYCHOIR joins the Houston Symphony in sold out performances of Lord of the Rings. Hear the score by composer Howard Shore played live by the orchestra while a screening of the film is playing. Fun for all ages. Hear the incomparable sounds of Houston Boychoir each time the Ring Theme sounds! Professional players, professional boys.

A Season in Review

Here’s a look back at the Houston Boychoir 2010 – 2011 Season:

September
➢ Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston Chamber Choir with the new High School Men’s Ensemble

October
➢ 2 Weddings
➢ 1 Church Service Christ the King Lutheran Church

November
➢ 1 Wedding
➢ National Anthem Toyota Center Rockets

December
➢ Bayou Bend Candle Light
➢ The Terrace Retirement Community
➢ 2 Nights Heritage Society Candle Light Tours, Sam Houston Park
➢ Family Christmas Party Texas Children’s Hospital
➢  48th Annual Winter Concert, First Presbyterian Church, Main Street
➢ Chase Bank Lobby

January
➢ Concert with the American Boychoir Christ the King Lutheran Church

February
➢ Church Service Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

March
➢ Pink at the Brown, Wortham Theater Center

April
➢ St. Matthew Passion, Christ the King Lutheran Church
➢ St. Matthew Passion Waco
➢ St. Matthew Passion, Christ the King Lutheran Church

May
➢ Moody Gardens
➢ Galveston Retirement Community
➢ Spring Concert, Moores Opera House
➢ Concert, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
➢ National Anthem, Minute Maid Park Astros

June
➢ Air Force Academy Chapel, Colorado Springs
➢ Concert with the Pueblo Children’s Chorale, Colorado State University, Hoag Hall