The Pacific Boychoir Academy day school seeks to develop confident, engaged young men who are capable of achieving extraordinary outcomes through personal discipline and teamwork. We provide an unmatched educational, musical, and personal development experience for boys in grades four through eight.
We believe that boys are hungry for accomplishment, more than is assumed for their age. We provide a lofty but achievable goal--membership in a world-class boychoir. The boys' response is life changing. Middle School years turn into a period of high purpose. Boys achieve milestones together. They pursue academics seriously. They mature personally.
The Pacific Boychoir Academy has developed a reputation for excellence in performance, discipline, and education. The PBA does not aim to prepare boys to be professional musicians, though their training will set them well on their way should they choose that path. Rather, the PBA’s success with singing helps teach the same qualities one looks for in an academic setting:
- realization of each boy's potential
- cultivation of responsibility
- the appreciation of beauty
- what it means to be part of a team
- developing the mind and body
- the value of commitment
These are all things that a boy learns to be part of a professional choir. The integration of musical and academic achievement gives each boy a complete education he cannot get anywhere else.
The PBA Middle School offers boys the opportunity to value diversity and difference. We are not affiliated with any church, ethnic group, or specific geographic area, and seek out boys of all ethnic, economic, and geographic backgrounds. The PBA Middle School is a diverse place with students from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Boys learn from each other and prepare for lives in an increasingly diverse and global society.
Faculty and students at PBA Middle School develop special relationships. Faculty members offer boys the encouragement, creativity, inspiration, and one-on-one attention they need. In addition to a best-for-boys learning approach, students at PBA Middle School receive guidance and mentoring at a crucial point in their education.
What is a choir school?
Some schools have a choir, but a choir school is a school where all the students sing as part of the choir. Institutions for boy choristers date at least back to the fourth century AD. In Europe, boys have been trained as singers for centuries, and their musical studies coordinated with their academic studies.
The Pacific Boychoir Academy is modeled after the successful choir schools that exist around the world today, such as the Drakensberg Boys Choir School in South Africa, the American Boychoir School in New Jersey, and the Vienna Boys Choir School. Choir schools are very common in Europe, and there are choir schools around the world. While most of these are boarding schools, the PBA, however, is not a boarding school, because talented singers live right here in the Bay Area.
Because boys’ voices last only until they are 13 or 14, a more intense musical program allows them to do as much as possible with their voices before it changes. The finest boys choirs in the world are those where the boys attend the same school, because the unified scheduling allows them to rehearse every day, just as one should practice anything every day to truly excel. When boys in the school go through voice change, they will be taught to sing tenor and bass with the other boys, and with the high school choristers.
The best of all worlds
The Pacific Boychoir gets invitations to sing around the world at different times. However, it is impossible, with all the boys at different schools, to give the boys the opportunities offered to the PBA, particularly those that take place during the school year. With an academic program integrated into the choir program, boys will be able to do such things as tour during the school year. With teachers on tour, imagine your son learning about the Civil War while traveling through the South, singing in concerts and meeting people from different states. Imagine your son learning about ancient Rome while on tour in Italy, for example. No other school in California can offer this kind of first-hand educational experience.
Because the boys rehearse during school hours, their musical studies will not interfere with their sports teams. For boys not on a sports team, the PBA has PE classes as at any school.
The academic and music programs work together, so that boys don't miss out on classes or concerts because of scheduling.