Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna
Sun, November 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm
“Every person has music in them. We all are part of [our] culture; being a chorister is a way to contribute to our culture.”
Boys have been singing at the court of the Holy Roman Emperor since the early 15th century. In 1498, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna. He gave instructions that there were to be six singing boys among his musicians.
Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, at private concerts and functions, and on state occasions.
Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour.
In their own words
“The Vienna Boys’ Choir strives to create an environment in which boys can fully develop and realize their personal and musical potential.” explains the organization’s mission statement.
“We aim to teach the boys to become well-rounded, independent, generous and open human beings. The education is available to all talented boys, regardless of their backgrounds.”
Almost 300 children study and rehearse in the Augartenpalais, a baroque palace and former imperial hunting lodge in Vienna, where the choirs are based.
Beginning with kindergarten, run in cooperation with the city of Vienna, boys and girls are provided with a complete musical and general education through the elementary grades. At age ten, the most talented boys are selected to join the choir and enter the choir’s grammar school.
Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty. Join us as we start the season of celebration.