Vermont Boychoir singing with Saint Thomas Boy Choir, October 2015
Nine of our sopranos joined the Saint Thomas Boy Choir from New York in singing C.H.H. Perry's Jerusalem. Thank you Mary-Margaret for recording this video for us.
We are the Vermont Boychoir!
The Vermont Boychoir is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit music education program that trains boys ages 7-18 (2nd grade - high School) in the skills of singing, manners and deportment. The boys demonstrate their choral achievements through concerts offered during the Fall and holiday season.
Our program is designed for the average boy in Vermont. We offer group music lessons in the Winter/Spring, exciting Summer activities and choir rehearsals/concerts in the Fall. There is no cost; but we ask families to contribute $50 per family (regardless of the number of children in the program) per month - if, and only if, the contribution does not present a hardship to the family. Aside from the bookkeeper, no one in the organization knows who contributes and who does not at a given time. If your child can sing, we are interested in him or her participating in our program.
The parents have several responsibilities including committing to support their children throughout the full year of activities, attending lessons and concerts, and helping with recruitment. This means giving the choir a higher priority over sports, gymnastics, theater, etc. Your child is encouraged to participate in other activities (85% of our boys play a sport, many perform in theater productions, etc.).
There are really great reasons for your child to join the choir including the life long skills gained as a singer, the culture and manners, the experiences as a performer, the tours and concerts, and most importantly, the depth of spirituality gained in appreciation of the great musical heritage that spans the centuries.
Why encourage your child to study music? Aside from the tremendous health, cultural, social, and spiritual benefits that no other study can offer, if he or she becomes good enough to pursue a music degree in college, here are 70 jobs that start with a music degree.
As an organization, one of our goals is to Introduce a wholesome boychoir culture to the Burlington, Vermont area. Read more about our goals.
Director Mark S. Railey, (802) 881-9311
Location United Church of Colchester
900 Main Street, Colchester, VT 05446
Friday, Nov. 20th. 1:30 p.m. at Mallets Bay School. Not open to the public.
Sunday, Nov. 22nd. 4:00 p.m. at Community Lutheran Church in South Burlington, Vermont. Suggested donation $10 at the door.
Saturday, Dec. 12th. 7:00 p.m. at United Church of Colchester, Colchester, Vermont. Suggested donation $10 at the door.
We have scheduled two public concerts. One in November and one in December. Check out our 2015 Calendar!
Join the Choir?
What you get at the Vermont Boychoir:
- Board and officers
- Chaperones and teachers
Join the Vermont Boychoir!
The Girl's Chorus begins 2016!
Sign your child up for the Girl's Chorus to begin this Spring.
You may sign up by contacting the director for an interview
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Imagine a Boychoir in Vermont!
It is possible to imagine a world where children are free to sing, a world where parents and community in standing ovation applaud every chorister, where the arts are celebrated as fervently as sports, a world where every boy learns how to take a bow. This dream exists in boychoirs around the world. Boychoirs raise awareness for great causes, they sing songs about peace to world leaders, they make videos and movies, plus so much more.
Sample of what boychoirs do...
Director Mark Railey, took his then choir, the Palmetto State Boychoir from South Carolina to the Georgia Boychoir Festival in 2012. Boychoirs are popular around the country!
Published on Jan 20, 2014. Eton College's close harmony group "The Incognitos" perform "Words" by The Real Group.
Aksel JS Rykkvin (soprano), practicing on July 8, 2015 before concert
Published on Nov. 19, 2012, the Wuppertal Boys Choir helps to raise awareness for the International Childrens Fund.