Pacific Boychoir Academy
Pacific Boychoir Academy (PBA) was founded as an after school program in 1998 with six boys, and today comprises over 170 young men, ages 4-18. The music staff is selected for their expertise with boys’ voices and their passion for instilling a desire for achievement and a love of music in the choristers. Over the past 15 years, PBA has become known for its rich sound, musicianship, phrasing, and talented soloists.
In addition to the extensive after-school training program, the Pacific Boychoir Academy is a full-time day school for grades four through eight, the only choir school in the Western USA.
PBA has appeared frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, performing under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, David Robertson, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, Donato Cabrera, Don Davis, and Vance George. Along with the San Francisco Girls Chorus,
PBA recorded Mahler’s Third Symphony with the SFS, which was awarded the Grammy for Best Classical Album in February, 2004. In January 2010, the SFS recording of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, featuring the SF Symphony Chorus, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, and PBA, was awarded Grammys for Best Choral Performance and Best Classical Album.
PBA has also sung with many other groups, including the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra of Brasil, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Drakensberg Boys Choir, and the choirs and orchestras of UC Berkeley and UC Davis.
A regular touring schedule has taken the Pacific Boychoir throughout the USA and to countries on six continents. PBA has several self-produced concerts annually, has performed at community events such as the 2013 Bay Bridge Opening and the Oakland A’s playoffs, and has offered dozens of free performances for local schools every year.