The PBA's after-school program has groups with boys ranging from ages 4 to 18. The groups roughly correspond to age, but also to experience level. From youngest to oldest, the after school groups are Prelude, Minstrels, Intermezzi, Cantori, Trouveres, Changed Voices, and Continuum. The Troubador group is made up of boys that attend the day school.
Prelude classes are for boys in preschool and kindergarten. This unique program is not in a traditional choir format, but offers music education focusing on fundamental music skills including vocal development, reading and writing basic music symbols, reinforcing natural abilities with pitch and rhythm, and ensemble development. Classes are conducted in an exciting and positive learning environment allowing boys to explore and enjoy music, boosting intelligence, confidence, and help them achieve success in future musical and academic endeavors.
PBA’s Prelude program offers:
- Singing to maximize individual vocal development
- Elementary Reading and Writing of Music Symbols to acquire basic music literacy
- Playing Percussion Instruments to develop independent musicianship
- Participating in the Ensemble Experience to prepare for later instrumental and choral lessons
- Learning Musical Concepts to establish basic musical vocabulary
- Music Listening to introduce a variety of genres
- Exploring Multicultural Music to promote musical diversity and appreciation
Director: Carmen Trefil
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 4:30-5:30pm
The Minstrel choir is the youngest choir in Pacific Boychoir Academy - typically ages 6-8. Minstrels begin their PBA experience by learning all about music and teamwork. They work with Orff instruments to internalize beats and familiarize themselves with rhythmic patterns. Their music theory work focuses on the basics of music reading and singing, the different kinds of notes, how to breathe properly, etc.
The Minstrels typically perform twice a year. Along with Intermezzi, the Minstrels may attend a one-day retreat once a year where they can get to know each other better and learn additional musical concepts. In the summer, Minstrels choristers may attend PBA's Summer Music Day Camp.
Director: Stella Brown
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 4:15-6:00pm
The Intermezzi choir is comprised of boys who have been promoted from Minstrels or who have some musical experience - typically ages 8 and 9. In Intermezzi, choristers start to focus on repertoire and singing in parts. The director works with them on singing vowels and consonants. The Intermezzi music theory work consists of rhythm and solfege (Do-Re-Mi) work with the aim of having choristers read notes in a piece of music and not just words.
Intermezzi choristers perform three to four times a year, participate in a weekend tour to Monterey, and may attend an overnight retreat where they can get to know each other better and learn additional musical concepts. In the summer, Intermezzi choristers may attend PBA's Summer Music Daycamp.
Rehearsals: Mondays 4:15-6:15pm or Wednesdays 4:15-6:15pm
The Cantori choir is a performance choir comprised of boys roughly ages 8 to 11. These choristers often have the opportunity to travel around the Bay Area and the United States to give performances. Their rehearsals are repertoire-intensive, where they sing in two to three parts and continue more advanced music-reading techniques. Cantori has toured Arizona, Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and Hawaii.
Director: Steven Blum
Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesday 4:30-6:15pm
The Trouvere choir is a subset of the Cantori choir. This elite subset is comprised of boys ages 10 to 14, and their goal is to be one of the best after school boys choirs in America. These choristers learn a more sophisticated repertoire and occasionally sing with the Troubadors. They have performed with the San Francisco Symphony and at events around the Bay Area, in addition to performing and touring with Cantori.
Director: Steven Blum
Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesday 4:15-6:15pm
Founded in 2003, Continuum, a challenging, fast-paced performance choir, is comprised of young men ages 13 to 18 in high school with changed voices. This group is by audition and is limited to 12 voices. Continuum members read music well and often sing in four to eight parts. Many of these young men have been singing with the Pacific Boychoir Academy for 5 to 10 years, though some come from other choir backgrounds as well. The choir director selects challenging and varied repertoire, making Continuum one of the finest high school-age tenor and bass choirs you'll find anywhere.
Rehearsals: Monday 7:00-9:00pm and Wednesday 7:15-9:15pm
Members of the Changed Voices choir are typically former Troubador or Trouvere choristers whose voices have changed, giving them a lower vocal register, either Tenor or Bass. They typically are between the ages of 13 and 18. They rehearse and perform with the Soprano-Alto-Tenor-Bass choir. They often participate in orchestral performances, an international summer tour, and an overnight summer camp. Their musical training allows them to read music well and adapt their techniques to a new instrument: their changed voice.
Director: Kevin Fox
Rehearsals: Monday 7:15-9:15pm