The Pacific Boychoir is the only boys' chorus in Oakland, California, USA, and is known for winning a Grammy Award for Best Classical Album in 2004, for its performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with the San Francisco Symphony. The chorus was formed in 1998 with 6 boys, and it now includes more than 100 singers from ages 7 to 17. The success of the chorus led to the formation in 2004 of the Pacific Boychoir Academy, the only full-time boys' chorus school on the west coast of North America.
The chorus is divided into five groups: two beginners' groups, two performing groups, and a group for older boys whose voices have begun to change. The names of these groups are the Minstrels, Intermezzi, Cantori, Trouveres, Troubadors, and Continuum. On tour, the two lower performing groups travel within North America, while the upper performing group, "The Troubadors," have traveled to France, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Brazil. They have three CDs, a live CD, selected classical and Benjamin Britten, soon to be releasing a spirituals and Bach CD. They have sung with the San Francisco Symphony, The Moscow Chamber Orchestra, American Bach Soloists and The Berkeley Symphony, as well as with several top boy's choirs around the world, including the Vienna Boys' Choir. The founding music director is Kevin Fox, who sings with the American Bach soloists. The choir has recently formed yet another performing group, the Trouveres, a branch off of the Cantori group, who accompany the Troubadors in symphonies and other performances. The Trouvere group was created as an international touring choir for the after school students, as a boy must be in the school to be in the "Troubadors" group..
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