International award-winning Florida Singing Sons 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. 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.

Florida Singing Sons 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.

Florida Singing Sons 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 Florida Singing Sons include 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”.

The Concert Choir represents the culmination of several years of intensive musical study. Having been selected for their vocal ability, discipline and dedication, members of the Concert Choir continue their study of music theory, sight-singing and vocal production on a higher level. Regular rehearsals begin in August and are held for two hours, twice weekly. Concert Choir boys are required to attend an additional music camp sessions, held in the late summer and fall. Performance opportunities include: public concerts in December and May, a yearly concert tour, and an active schedule of contracted appearances. As cultural ambassadors for the State of Florida, members of the Concert Choir have been afforded travel, performance and educational opportunities both here and abroad.
Residence Choir members continue in their study of music reading, vocal production and music theory. The Residence Choir’s twice weekly one hour and 30 minute rehearsals provide a more intensive musical experience that also includes training in beginning stage work and choreography. The Residence Choir performs in all mainstage concerts and also enjoys opportunities to perform in performances throughout the community. Residence Choir boys attend both Spring and Fall Music Camps which include more intensive training in music reading, building rapport among boys, and providing an away-from-home experience in preparation for tour. Of course, there is also time for games and the ever-favorite shaving cream fight. Boys who demonstrate discipline and dedication are considered for advancement to the Concert Choir.
Boys in the entry-level Training Choir rehearse once each week for one hour and fifteen minutes. Music reading training is incorporated into Training Choir rehearsals and includes the basics of music reading and vocal production. The Training Choir performs in all mainstage concerts. Rehearsals, performances and the Spring Music Camp provide opportunities for building friendships with other talented boys from throughout Broward County and beyond. Boys generally spend one or more years in the Training Choir as they build their skills in anticipation of promotion to the Residence Choir.
The Second Generation Singers is an ensemble of  Singing Sons whose voices have changed. The Second Generation Singers meet once a week on Sunday evenings, perform in all concerts and  participate with the Concert Choir in outreach, contracted performances, and tours.

Financial Assistance: 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.

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