About Pacific Boychoir Academy

Schools Graduates have Attended

Some Schools Have a Choir. We Have a Choir School.

A rich musical history.

Founded in Oakland, California in 1998 by Artistic Director Kevin Fox, PBA serves over 150 choristers a season, has released nine independent albums, tours domestically and internationally, and has earned three GRAMMY Awards with the San Francisco Symphony.

The only secular North American boychoir school outside of the East Coast, PBA offers unique and rigorous choral and academic programs, producing confident, engaged young artists.

The Los Angeles Times calls PBA’s sound quality “astonishing,” while the New York Times hails PBA’s ability to perform music “far beyond the reach of most children’s choirs.”

We create scholars, artists & gentlemen.

Our Mission is to develop curious, creative, and empathetic young men through a rigorous, individualized, and immersive academic and musical education.

Our Vision is to build a community where every young man is challenged and inspired toward exceptional academic, musical, and personal growth.

The GRAMMY Award-winning Pacific Boychoir offers Bay Area boys exceptional performance opportunities, worldwide travel, collaborations with professional powerhouses, and ambassadorial experiences resulting in a compelling personal development experience.

The Pacific Boychoir offers after-school choirs for boys and girls,  ages 4-18. PBA is a richly diverse community, focusing on excellence in academics and music education.

The Pacific Boychoir’s Troubador ensemble is composed of boys grades 3-8 from the Pacific Boychoir Academy, an independent day school for boys. The Pacific Boychoir Academy is the only secular choir school in Western North America that offers a unique and rigorous choral and an academic programming, producing confident, engaged scholars and artists.


PBA performed on television in simultaneous civic memorial services for Nelson Mandela, both at San Francisco City Hall and at the National Cathedral with Vice President Joe Biden, and has sung on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and The Blacklist. PBA has sung as the voice of the Yahoo yodel, and with comedian Zach Galifianakis. As part of its outreach efforts, PBA also performs for several Bay Area schools each year and serves as San Francisco Opera ARIA teaching artists.

Pacific Boychoir has developed a reputation for presenting challenging works such as Mozart’s Requiem, and Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, performed for the first time in the United States with boy sopranos and altos. In addition to recordings of Mahler’s Symphonies No. 3 and 8 with the San Francisco Symphony, the choir’s own recordings feature Bach’s Cantata 150, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, two of Bach’s Lutheran Masses, and two recordings of African-American spirituals, That Promised Land and Show Me the Way.

  • Kronos Quartet
  • Omaha Symphony
  • Oakland-East Bay Symphony
  • Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra
  • American Bach Soloists
  • San Francisco Opera
  • Youth Orchestra of the Americas
  • National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil
  • Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  • Magik Magik Orchestra
  • Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra
  • Cantata Collective
  • Lithuanian State Orchestra
  • Ian Bostridge
  • Tom Krell Midtown Social
  • John Vanderslice
  • University of Michigan
  • Harvard Men’s Glee Clubs
  • Yale Whiffenpoofs
  • Vienna Boys Choir
  • Drakensberg Boys Choir
  • Choirs and orchestras of University of California, both at Berkeley and Davis
  • the USA and to countries on six continents
  • Davies Symphony Hall
  • Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
  • War Memorial Opera House
  • Jackson Hall at Mondavi Center
  • San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
  • Zellerbach Hall
  • Yoshi’s Oakland
  • The Vatican
  • Grahamstown Arts Festival in South Africa
  • Basilica San Marco
  • Sala Saõ Paulo
  • Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing
  • Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Dvorak Hall in Prague
  • Teatro Independencia in Mendoza
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Chartres Cathedral
  • International House of Music in Moscow
  • Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg

PBA graduates have had the privilege of choosing among highly regarded high schools with stringent acceptance rates such as:

  • College Preparatory School
  • The Athenian School
  • Bentley School
  • Head-Royce School
  • Bishop O’Dowd High School
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts
  • St. Mary’s High School
  • St. Joseph’s High School
  • St. Paul’s School (New Hampshire)
  • Berkeley High School
  • Miramonte High School
  • Oakland Technical High School

PBA graduates have been accepted at fine colleges and universities nationwide such as:

  • Amherst College
  • Boston College
  • Brown University
  • Cal Poly SLO
  • Colorado College
  • Columbia University
  • Dartmouth University
  • Depaul University
  • Eastman School of Music
  • Middlebury College
  • McGill University
  • New York University
  • Pomona College
  • Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Stanford University
  • The Juilliard School
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Chicago
  • Yale University

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