The Amarillo Boy Choirs began as a summer workshop at Amarillo College in 1989. The workshop was so successful it was decided to organize a choir. A bank loan provided money for the first uniforms and supplies. The choir was incorporated in 1992 and began touring that year with a performance in the Oklahoma State Capitol.
By 1993 the performances of the choir earned it an invitation to sing for the Texas Music Educators Association in San Antonio. The Concert Choir has since performed in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Florida. The choir has sung at the United States Air Force Academy and for the American Choral Directors Association.
A Preparatory Choir was formed in 1994. There are currently about 100 boys in the program.
Tuition ranges from $150 to $180 for the ten month season. The choirs receive some support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, and designated United Way contributions.
Although each choir has regular rehearsals only once each week and only during the school year, the performance level is such that the Concert Choir has merited the rating of "Outstanding Choir" at Greater Southwest Music Festival for the past eight years. In 1997 the Concert Choir earned the title of "Men's Chorus Grand Champion" in a period of fourteen weeks of competition at MusicFest Orlando.
The choirs' board of directors is all volunteer. The only salaries paid are to the director, assistant director, accompanist, and executive director.
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