San Francisco Boys Chorus

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San Francisco Boys Chorus
Background information
Origin San Francisco, California, USA
Genres Choral, classical, opera
Occupation(s) Choir
Instruments 230 voices
Years active 1948-present
Associated acts San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Symphony
Members Artistic Director
Ian Robertson

Training Chorus Director
Margaret Clark

Director of Music Education
Jennifer Cooper

Vocal Coach
Jimmy Kansau

Bellringers Director
David Knight
Past members Founders
Madi Bacon
Gaetano Merola

The San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) is a choir for boys consisting of 230 members based in San Francisco with additional campuses in Oakland and San Rafael.[1] It is known officially as "San Francisco's Singing Ambassadors to the World".[2]

The group was founded in 1948 by Madi Bacon and Gaetano Merola to provide singers for the San Francisco Opera. It has been directed by Ian Robertson since 1996,[1] prior to which it was directed by Laura Kakis Serper from 1993. Past directors also include Edwin Flath, William Ballard and Louis Magor with support from training group directors Juell Gainey (Juelle Hinman) Judy Breneman (Dodge), Sarah Keene, Donald Osborne...

Public appearances[edit]

Official San Francisco Boys Chorus logo

On January 20, 2009, forty-three boys from the SFBC performed at the presidential inauguration ceremony for United States President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol, along with members of the San Francisco Girls Chorus (a separate organization). They sang for 20 minutes in front of an audience of millions.

Boys from the SFBC have regularly performed in productions of the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Symphony.

Among others, the group has performed for Colin Powell, Tipper Gore, Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mikhail Gorbachev.[1] In 1997 the group performed at the wedding of Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields in Monterey, California.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni of the group include author Daniel Handler, better known under his pen name Lemony Snicket, actor Joshua Jackson, singer Christopheren Nomura, violinist Donald Weilerstein, cellist Paul Tobias, the late conductor Calvin Simmons, conductors Peter Rubardt, Alan Yamamoto, Joe Illick and Phillip Kelsey, and a cappella director/singer Deke Sharon.



  1. ^ a b c "San Francisco Boys Chorus". Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  2. ^ Cheryl North (2004-06-28). "Boys learn teamwork and musicianship in choruses". The Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 2007-08-11. [dead link]
  3. ^ KSBW (1997-04-20). "AP Television News Library: KSBW report archive". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 

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