The international award-winning Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir has been delighting South Florida audiences since it was founded in Fort Lauderdale in 1975. Each year over 4,000 third and fourth grade boys from Broward County are auditioned for a coveted seat in the Training Choir, the first level in the multi-level Singing Sons program. Only 100 to 135 of the brightest young voices are selected to begin the intensive program of music education combining studies in vocal production, music theory, sight-reading, and stage discipline. After two or more years in the Training and Residence Choirs, boys are promoted to the Concert Choir. Members of the Concert Choir have unique performing and touring opportunities while continuing their outstanding music education. When their voices change, these young men join the Second Generation Singers and continue performing and traveling around the world.
The Boychoir performs a wide variety of choral literature. From Gregorian chant to Broadway favorites, concerts include secular and sacred choral classics as well as selections from opera, operetta, folk music, and musical theater. Members of the choir have appeared with James Judd and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Florida Grand Opera, the New World Symphony, the Sinfonia Virtuosi of Florida, the Gold Coast Opera, the Imperial Symphony and with stage luminaries Liza Minnelli, Judy Collins, Lee Greenwood, and the late Audrey Hepburn and Bob Hope. The choir was also featured in the premiere episode of the television show Dexter for Showtime.
The Boychoir carries on the long-lasting tradition of participating in many festivals and has toured nationally and internationally. This year the choir traveled to several locals in the upper northeast United States. This past summer, the choir performed at Pipe Organ Day with the famous Wannamaker Organ in Philadelphia, as well as appearances throughout New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Montreal. In 2006, the choir traveled to Italy and visited some its most famous cities, performing in esteemed locations such as St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, the Duomo of Florence, and the Pantheon in Rome.
Other recent choral activities by the Boychoir have included community outreach concerts, performances for local and national conventions, commercials for radio and television, radio broadcasts on WTMI, a pilot for the Showtime channel in 2005, for WPBT, South Florida’s public television station, and television broadcasts on the NBC 6 show “South Florida Today”.
Tuition assistance and vocal camp scholarships are available to Boychoir families who demonstrate financial need so that no qualified boy is denied an opportunity to participate due to limited financial means. In addition, FSSB provides portions of travel uniforms and maintains a bank of outgrown performance uniforms that are available to members.