Director, Pacific Boychoir Academy
Andrew Brown is Director of Choral Studies at PBA, Artistic Director of the Vallejo Choral Society, and Concert Choir Director of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. He has served as artistic director of the Contra Costa Children’s Choir and has held conducting positions with Holy Names University Preparatory School, Southern California Young Artists Symphony, Riverside Master Chorale, and the Connecticut Valley Chamber Choir.
Established in 1998 by Kevin Fox, Pacific Boychoir Academy (PBA) is a three-time Grammy award-winning afterschool music program based in Oakland, CA comprised of more than 160 boys and young men ages four to eighteen, in seven choirs. With the addition of a day school in 2004, PBA is the only choir school on the West Coast where a full academic curriculum is integrated with daily musical instruction for boys in grades three through eight. The Day School music program is currently directed by Andrew Brown, Director of Choral Studies, and Marcia Roy, Artistic Program Director. PBA has performed with the Berkeley Symphony, American Bach Soloists, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Lithuanian State Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Trinity Lyric Opera, the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, the Harvard Men’s Glee Club, the Vienna Boys Choir, and has been heard on the NBC television shows America’s Got Talent and The Blacklist, and has performed with comedian Zach Galifianakis. PBA has toured throughout the US and Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South America, South Africa, China, Russia, and Vietnam. Pacific Boychoir made its SFS debut under Michael Tilson Thomas in September 2002, and is heard with the SFS on Grammy award-winning recordings of Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 3 and 8.