boys choir


Before the voice changes, boys sing Soprano and Alto parts. To complement these high voices, the Men's Chorale was formed in the 1970's. The Chorale provides much-needed Tenor and Bass parts. This allows for a significantly greater variety of repertoire to sing. Men regardless of age rehearse and perform with the Choir each week throughout the season.

Philadelphia Boys Choir

Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale develops a varied repertoire every year. This repertoire is the basis for all performances of the Choir in a season, including the annual tour. It is a combination of classical, traditional, popular, and patriotic songs, focusing on American composers.


The Choir sings at many private and community functions throughout the year. The season typically includes:

The Nutcracker with the Pennsylvania Ballet,

Concerts with the Philly Pops,

Annual Holiday Concert,

Cadet Programs

Many of the boys in Philadelphia Boys Choir begin as members of the Cadet program. The boys learn the essentials of choral musicianship. This includes correct breathing, reading music, sight singing, and music theory. Each Cadet program lasts one year.

Beginning and Advanced Cadets perform at PBCC annual Holiday and Spring concerts. Based upon individual skill, Advanced Cadets can also perform in the Nutcracker with the Pennsylvania Ballet.


Beginning Cadets

John B. Stroud, Jr.

Associate Music Director, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
John Stroud

John Stroud is a highly sought after choral conductor and music instructor throughout the Delaware Valley.  As Assistant Director, he spearheads the Beginning Cadet Program, our youngest children. A certified Kodaly instructor, Stroud is responsible for the many workshops and outreach programs provided in the community by the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale. He is an expert in the choral music field with particular emphasis in the boychoir genre. 

Recently named the prestigious Buck Chair of Music, Stroud teaches music at The Haverford School in Haverford Pennsylvania.  He is the Artistic Director of the Media Chamber Chorale in Media Pennsylvania. Stroud earned a Master of Music in choral conducting at Temple University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Susquehanna University. He has studied conducting with Cyril Stretansky, Valerie Martin, and Alan Harler.

Jeffrey R. Smith

Artistic Director and Conductor, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
Jeffrey R. Smith

An alumnus of Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, Smith stepped into the position of Music Director in 2004 and has since led the choir on concert tours throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Under his direction, the choir has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Peter Nero and the Philly POPS, Opera Philadelphia and Curtis Institute. Venues have included the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Smith has led the group on local and national television including five consecutive annual appearances on "Good Morning America". Many political dignitaries have been an audience to the choir, including foreign ambassadors, presidents and prime ministers, American ambassadors, and our own president, Barack Obama.

Smith is a 1999 summa cum laude graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. His original compositions and vocal/instrumental arrangements have been performed by various ensembles throughout the country, including the Toledo Symphony, York Theatre (NYC), Ocean City Pops and Philly POPS. As a pianist in much demand, Smith has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Philly POPS, and for several shows on and Off-Broadway. He is also assistant conductor for the Philly POPS.

Joseph Fitzmartin: Concert Mass

Concert Mass - Philadelphia Boys Choir
  1. Kyrie
  2. Gloria
  3. Credo
  4. Psalm 23
  5. Sanctus
  6. The Lord's Prayer
  7. Agnus Dei

Featuring Barbara Dever, soprano, Lawrence Harris, Tenor


By Request

By Request - Philadelphia Boys Choir
  1. Circle of Life
  2. All Things Bright and Beautiful
  3. I Got Shoes
  4. Gloria I (Rutter)
  5. Gloria II (Rutter)
  6. Gloria III (Rutter)
  7. God Bless America
  8. Pie Jesu (Webber)
  9. Sanctus (Rutter)
  10. Ol' Man River
  11. Ezekiel saw the Wheel
  12. The Young Sea
  13. When the Saints Go Marching In
  14. Philadelphia Pride

I'll be there - Enhanced CD single with video

Enhanced CD with track and video of PBCCs version of The Jackson 5 classic. Soloists: Nathan Butler and Aaron Houston


Celebrate the Sounds of the SEASON

Celebrate The Sound of the Season

Brand New Reissue with BONUS DISK. All the tracks on the bonus disk were recorded at the Holliday Concerts in 2012.

1. Overture and Oh Come All Ye Faithful
2. Seasonal Sounds
3. Baruch/Rock of Ages
4. A Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Star in the East

  5. Star in the East
  6. Rise Up, Shepherd
  7. Judah's Land

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