Choir of Men and Boys
THE CHOIR OF MEN AND BOYS
The oldest such choir remaining in the United States, the Choir of Men and Boys consists of 8 men and 16 boys, ages 8-14, auditioned and selected from the New York metropolitan area, with diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. The boys rehearse several times each week and not only are paid but also receive incremental merit-based scholarships through the Anthony J. Mercede Scholarship Fund. The full Choir of Men and Boys sings most Sunday mornings at the 11:00 A.M. Mass. To arrange for an audition, contact Claudia Dumschat.
Every summer the boys attend a week-long Choir Camp at Camp Incarnation in Ivoryton, CT, where they prepare their music for the church year. In addition to rehearsing several hours a day, the boys get to swim and canoe in a beautiful lake, play soccer and other games, and roast marshmallows in a bonfire every night. Several parents also enjoy being chaperones, and older, former choirboys serve as counselors. In recent years the girls choir has been going to their own Music Camp at a nice hotel in Cape May, where they can swim in the ocean.
In January of 2017, the choir of men and boys, and other featured soloists performed in costume "Amahl and the Night Visitors" on the eve of the Epiphany. The cast made a repeat performance at Mary Manning Nursing Home. You can read more about it here.
In September of 2015, the boys recorded a singing video commercial for the popular TV show, “The Big Bang Theory.” They were very excited to be in this show, which most of them watch regularly, and sing the fun “Nice Kitty” song.
In August of 2015, members of the Boys Choir and the Girls Choir recorded music at a professional sound studio for Macaulay Culkin’s “Pizza Underground” project, a parody of the Velvet Underground. All involved had a great time.
In June of 2015, the combined Boys and Girls Choir travelled to Washington D.C. to participate in the international Serenade Festival. In addition to sightseeing, they performed in several venues with outstanding adult and children’s choirs from around the world and were praised in The Washington Post. This was an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.
In January of 2015, the Boys Choir performed in the all day Diocesan Treble Choir Festival at the enormous, resonant Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. This was a chance to meet and hear various other choirs from around New York City.
In the summer of 2014, several members of the Boys Choir were in a performance art piece, “Fault Lines,” duets involving both movement and singing, at the prestigious Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea. Thousands of visitors saw their multiple performances over six weeks.
In June of 2014, members of the boys and girls choirs travelled to Philadelphia, where they performed on Saturday night at a historic downtown church and on Sunday in a suburban parish, after which they enjoyed a barbecue on the lawn of the large house where they were staying
Grow with our Boys' Choir
The Church of the Transfiguration invites boys in the third grade and higher to join its
Choir of Men and Boys. An audition is required, but the primary requirement to join is an interest in music.
Boys rehearse twice a week and sing on Sunday at the 11:00 a.m. service. The Choirmaster will arrange rehersals at a convenient location such as school for boys who cannot attend midweek rehersals at the Church. In return for training in music, we ask each boy to commit to regular attendance.
Boys of all faiths are welcome in this nurturing, English-style Episcopal Church.
"Our choirboys love to do a lot more than sing"
Some Opportunities for Growth
• Develop a lifetime love and understanding of music, "the universal language"
• Discover and enhance talents
• Join with others to create something beautiful and thrilling
• Mature in self-discipline and group cooperation
• Grow in self-confidence from public performance
• Expand musical skills with free private tutoring
• Associate with professional musicians
• Share in a centuries-old tradition from England and Continental Europe
• Experience the history of Western civilization through music
• Celebrate with field trips and choir parties
Plus! Earn $5.50 allowance for each of two hour-long rehersals per week, and another $5.50 for the Sunday service. Beginning in the second year of participation, scholarships are awarded for each successful year in the choir: $400 after the second year, $800 after the third, $1,200 after the fourth, and $1,600 after the fifth and each year thereafter. Scholarships are made possible by the Anthony Mercede Scholarship Fund and annual fund raising.