The choral organization known as “America’s Ambassadors of Song” was honored Thursday with an official resolution from the City of Philadelphia in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Dressed in their signature red blazers, members of the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale proudly accepted the formal recognition from City Council at a presentation led by Councilwoman At-Large Blondell R. Brown.
Their acceptance was accompanied by a performance of “Philadelphia USA,” which was premiered in 1983. Artistic Director Jeffrey R. Smith conducted the group, while Executive Director Stephan Stoeckl looked on.
“For 50 years the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale has represented this wonderful city through countless performances around the world, giving unmatched opportunities to hundreds of talented young singers,” Stoeckl said. “We are honored to accept this recognition on behalf of everyone who has ever been involved in the Choir, and we thank the City for its continued support.”
The resolution, Resolution No. 180894, reads in part: “Whereas, the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale has captivated audiences around the world with their musicianship, intelligence and interpretive abilities for the past fifty years and has become one of the most successful boys choirs in the United States… Resolved, by the Council of the City of Philadelphia, that we hereby honor and recognize the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale on the occasion of its 50 anniversary.”
About the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
Established in 1968, and under the direction of Jeffrey R. Smith since 2004, the Choir is known as “America’s Ambassadors of Song,” having proudly represented both the City of Philadelphia and the United States of America on its many concert tours across the globe. The Choir is made up of talented boys from around the region, and the Chorale is comprised of former Choir members, talented dads and others. The Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale has entertained several U.S. presidents and has collaborated with many ensembles including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly POPS, Pennsylvania Ballet, Opera Philadelphia, Curtis Institute, the Mendelssohn Club, Vox Ama Deus and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Television appearances include Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live and the Today Show. Its sister organization, the Philadelphia Girls Choir, is now in its seventh season.