The Raleigh Boychoir is a non-profit organization that educates and trains boys in the art of singing. Our participants learn and perform some of the world’s most diverse choral music. The choristers, conductors and musicians of the Raleigh Boychoir contribute generously with their talents to the musical and cultural life of Raleigh and the greater Triangle area and beyond.
The Raleigh Boychoir is always eager to welcome new boys into our program! Each year the choir holds scheduled auditions when boys and their parents can come to the Raleigh Boychoir Center, learn more about the choir, and audition with the artistic directors. In order to be safe, this year the boychoir will hold virtual auditions. This is a low-key audition, and no materials need to be prepared in advance. The artistic directors are looking for boys with unchanged voices (generally ages 7-12) and young men through high school age who demonstrate the following traits in their audition:
A clear, pleasant singing voice.
Innate musical ability.
High level of interest and indication of willingness for real commitment
Potential stage presence.
Parents or guardians who will support the boy in the Raleigh Boychoir program.
As a music education organization, the Raleigh Boychoir is dedicated to working with each boy to help him develop to his full potential.
The Raleigh Boychoir leads in singing diverse and engaging repertoire!
The Raleigh Boychoir is committed both to artistic excellence and to developing each boy’s confidence and character. Their repertoire is demanding and includes sacred and secular classics, selections from musical theater, and a rich assortment of American folk, patriotic and pop music. During a concert a patron will hear classical great to recently published pop music!
The Raleigh Boychoir Tour Choir just recently completed a concert tour to New York City, North Carolina’s mountains to the coast and an international tour to Ireland. In the United States, The Raleigh Boychoir Tour Choir has performed in the most esteemed concert venues including Saint Patricks Cathedral, St John’s , the National Cathedral and the Arlington National Cemetery.
Some Raleigh Boychoir choristers have even moved on to other top boychoirs around the world, including the American Boychoir, St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir.
Annual Performance Schedule
The performance schedule has expanded from a single Christmas concert in 1968 to 15-20 engagements annually. The various Raleigh Boychoir choirs sing throughout the greater Raleigh area. The Performing Choir and Touring Choir take trips regionally, nationally and internationally!
The Boychoir’s annual home season consists of four key performances: Fall Concert, Carols of Christmas, American Music Festival and Spring Concert. The schedule also includes engagements such as concerts for arts and civic organizations; outreach performances at retirement communities; festivals and celebrations for the city of Raleigh and towns in Wake County; performances with the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Master Chorale; and a busy holiday season of special appearances. The audiences that enjoy Boychoir performances are as diverse as the settings in which they perform. We invite you to be transformed by our singing!
Awards and Recognition
The Raleigh Boychoir’s recognitions include invitations to perform at the White House, World’s Fair, First Flight Centennial, American Choral Director’s Association Convention, and with oratorio societies across the state.
In 2015, the Boychoir performed at Carnegie Hall and in June 2016 completed a concert tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
In 1990, Raleigh Boychoir Founder Thomas Sibley was a recipient of the prestigious Raleigh Medal of Arts, and in 2009 he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the State of North Carolina.
In 1992, the Raleigh Boychoir was a recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts.
- Ireland – 2016
- London – 2012
- Germany – 2006
- New York City – 2019
- Washington DC – 2017
- New York City – 2015
- Charleston, SC – 2013
- Baltimore, MD – 2009, 2011, and 2014 (Maryland State Boychoir Festival, US Naval Academy Chapel)
- Appleton, WI – 2010
- Williamsburg – 2005
- Washington DC/National Cathedral – 2004
- NC Summer Institute in Choral Art – 2020 (cancelled due to pandemic)
- NC Mountains to Sea – 2018
- Winston-Salem – 2012
- Boone – 2010