Pacific Boychoir, Andrew Brown, Director

Pacific Boychoir Academy (PBA) is a Grammy Award-winning, independent choir school with seven afterschool choirs for boys in pre-kindergarten through high school. Founded in Oakland, CA in 1998 by Kevin Fox, PBA serves more than 160 choristers a season. With the addition of a day school in 2004, PBA is the only choir school on the West Coast where a full academic curriculum is integrated with daily musical instruction for boys in grades four through eight. The Day School music program is currently led by Director of Choral Studies Andrew Brown and Artistic Program Director Marcia Roy.

Pacific Boychoir has performed with the Berkeley Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Lithuanian State Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Trinity Lyric Opera, University of Michigan and Harvard glee clubs, and the Vienna Boys Choir. The choir has been heard on the NBC television shows America’s Got Talent and The Blacklist, and has performed with the comedian Zach Galifianakis. PBA has toured throughout the US and to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South America, South Africa, China, Russia, and Vietnam.

Recent concerts have included masses by Haydn and Mozart and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers performed for the first time in America with boy sopranos and altos. In addition to Grammy-winning recordings of Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 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 American spirituals, That Promised Land and Show Me the Way.

(December 2017)