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Biography

The internationally acclaimed, Grammy award-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) has been led by Artistic Director Eric Choate since fall 2019. Since its founding in 1948, the SFBC has grown into a distinguished educational and performance organization, having appeared in more than 135 productions with the San Francisco Opera and in collaborations with San Francisco Ballet, Midsummer Mozart, American Boychoir, Copenhagen Boys Choir, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco, Sonos Bell Ringers, and the Purple Silk Orchestra.

SFBC’s many civic engagements include the 2009 Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC and appearances nearly every year in San Francisco City Hall. For four decades San Francisco mayors have recognized the San Francisco Boys Chorus as official “Singing Ambassadors of San Francisco.”

SFBC has toured extensively nationally and internationally, singing in leading concert halls and cathedrals on four continents. In the Bay Area, the chorus has performed the national anthem and other songs for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Marathon, and the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration. For many years, PBS has broadcast SFBC’s holiday concert in California television markets.

San Francisco Boys Chorus’s recordings include We’re on Our Way (2002), Moving On (2005), It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2009), Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat (2010), Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and choral works by André Messager (2010), San Francisco Boys Chorus Sings Live (2012), Sing for the Holidays (2013), and A Feast of Song (2014).