Local choir brings smiles to Fort Bend County residents
By Deborah Rowe
For The Star
The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas organization plays a delightful and varied repertoire that consists of patriotic, classical, folk-tune, religious and whimsical genres.
William Adams founded the choir in 1982 with 42 boys in one choir. Now there are five choirs with 175 boys that make up the Fort Bend Boys Choir organization that reflect different skill levels based on talent and age.
“Boys begin at 6 years of age and stay in the treble choir until their voice changes. After performing in the other training, town and tour choirs in the organization then they can join the alumni choir, Cantabile,” Adams said.
The choirs perform locally for weddings, civic events, grand openings, parties, conventions, churches and concert series, Adams explained.
“They also sing the national anthem at sporting events, for local dignitaries, fundraising event campaigns and frequently with the Houston Symphony.” He said.
They perform at these events nationally as well as internationally. They have toured 22 states as well as Texas and have made nine international concert tours.
All the choirs are always very busy with private and public concerts during the Christmas season. The highlight for the entire community is the annual Christmas Musicale where all the choirs perform for the many friends and patrons of the organization.
Christian Keller, 12, is in seventh grade. He is a soprano. He spent several years in the training choir and then the tour choir. He has been with the Fort Bend Boys’ Choir organization for over four years.
“I like the music that we get to sing and the friendships that we build,” Keller said.
Keller explained that his favorite part of being in the choir is going on tour.
I get to get away from my parents for a while. I get to unplug for 10 days and enjoy the nature of the areas we visit, and learn about the history,” he said. “I also get to spend time with my friends, all while spreading my joy of singing to others.”
Reid Curnin is also 12 years old and in seventh grade. He has been singing with the Fort Bend Boys Choir organization for five years and sings alto.
“What I really like about being in the choir are the friendships that are made,” he said.
Curnin said that for Christmas he got to sing a solo at a performance.
“I am really proud of myself,” he said.
Adams explained that annual auditions for interested boys always occurs during the Christmas season too, giving potential boys a chance to join the organization!
The choirs will resume their activities this month. Those interested can visit the Web site at www.fbbctx.org or call 281-240-3800.