Pacific Boychoir, Kevin Fox, director

Pacific Boychoir made its San Francisco Symphony debut in 2002 in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and is heard with the SFS on the Grammy-winning recording of that work conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as the Grammy-winning recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. Based in Oakland, the Pacific Boychoir Academy was founded in 1998 with six boys and today involves more than 170 boys in seven choirs. In addition to an after-school training program, the PBA operates a day school and is the only choir school in the Western US. Pacific Boychoir has performed with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, American Bach Soloists, National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Vienna Boys Choir, and on tour throughout the US and to countries on six continents. The choir’s 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. This season Pacific Boychoir performs with the SFS, California Symphony, UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, and the Kronos Quartet. Kevin Fox, Founding Artistic Director of the Pacific Boychoir Academy, holds a degree in music from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He studied music at Oxford University and choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey. Mr. Fox worked for the American Boychoir and has sung with the choirs of Trinity Church New Haven, Trinity Church Princeton, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, and the Grace Cathedral Choir in San Francisco, where he also has served as Interim Assistant Choirmaster. In 2014, he will serve as chorus director for the Ojai Music Festival.

(November 2013)