As early as the 10th century, cathedrals were the center for education, including music education, and indeed the entire history of western music from the earliest Gregorian chant (scripture and other liturgical texts sung in unison to a melody dictated by the texts) through the complex part-writing (polyphony) of the Baroque era was developed almost exclusively in the Church. Indeed, the boy choirs served the cathedrals and parish churches, where some of the greatest composers served and for which their great music was written. Once the boys were invited to sing in this new world of polyphonic music, they responded enough to fill the cathedrals in Europe. Otherwise, many great choral works would not have been written as they were

Boy choirs appeal to boys who have a wide variety of interests, whether it be sports, the sciences, or the arts, and they traditionally have above average intelligence and ability.  But the commonality is that they have an interest in music, whether it be listening to music on their electronic devices or playing instruments.  Boy choir members are encouraged to become good students and to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities.  Additional private lessons in various instruments and voice are also available.

 

The Woodlands Boys Choir will engage in a variety of performances and other activities.  Although hosted by HopePointe Anglican Church in The Woodlands, it is not required that families be a member of HopePointe Church.  Performances will include a wide variety of fun, classic and exciting literature in many venues.  Boys will learn to read music and experience the joy of music in a healthy and supportive atmosphere.

 

Auditions are continuous throughout the year and may be scheduled by contacting the Boy Choir's Director Sherryl Smith Pond at (401) 855-3222 or sherry@hopepointe.org.

WHY A BOYS CHOIR?
 

The ancient church tradition of a boys choir provides the foundation for a life long faith and development of the musical gifts. Music is a vehicle which transforms boys into young men of faith and character, preparing them for service and mission, whether musical or not.  The choral education and environment instills the life skills of self-discipline, expectation of excellence, self-motivation, and accomplishment, which serves them, whatever their chosen field.

 

Boy choirs developed in the Church in the Middle Ages, when girls and women were not permitted to sing in the Church.  While it may seem culturally regressive to exclude girls from serving in a premier choir, the physiological, musical and social reasons are vast and Divinely ordered.  Besides the natural social separateness of pre-pubescent boys and girls, their natural singing voices are vastly different.  Boys can develop a gorgeous, blooming quality of vocal sound which is unattainable for any other demographic.