Pacific Boychoir, Kevin Fox, director
Pacific Boychoir Academy (PBA) is a Grammy award-winning, independent choir school for boys in grades four through eight, with seven afterschool choirs for boys in pre-kindergarten through high school. Founded in Oakland, CA in 1998 by Artistic Director Kevin Fox, PBA serves over 170 choristers a season, has released seven independent albums, and tours domestically and internationally each year. PBA offers unique and rigorous choral and academic programs, producing confident, engaged young men and artists. Pacific Boychoir has developed a reputation for presenting challenging works such as Mo zart’s Requiem entirely with male voices, 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. PBA has also performed with artists such as Kronos Quartet, Omaha Symphony, Oakland-East Bay Symphony, Simón Bolívar 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, Lithuanian State Orchestra, Ian Bostridge, Tom Krell, Midtown Social, John Vanderslice, University of Michigan and Harvard glee clubs, Yale Whiffenpoofs, Vienna Boys Choir, Drakensberg Boys Choir, and the choirs and orchestras of University of California, both at Berkeley and Davis. A regular touring schedule has taken PBA throughout the US and to countries on six continents. 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.
Kevin Fox, Founding Artistic Director of the Pacific Boychoir Academy, holds a degree in music from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and has also studied music at Oxford University and Westminster Choir College. He worked for the American Boychoir and has served as interim assistant Choirmaster of Grace Cathedral Choir. In 2014, he served as chorus director for the Ojai Music Festival.