International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival brings symphony of voices to NAU

Members of a Boys Choir performing

July 8, 2019

Northern Arizona University will host the International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival this week, bringing singers from throughout the world to participate in the event at NAU’s School of Music July 9-12. The Flagstaff portion of the festival will conclude with a public concert at 7:30 p.m. on July 12 in Kitt Recital Hall.

Leading to the concert, the boys and men’s choirs and individual singers will attend master classes, rehearse and perform with expert conductors. The goal of the festival is to honor male singers, promote artistic opportunities and foster intercultural understanding and fellowship.

The concert reflects this commitment to art and diversity with selections representing a wide range of styles. Individual performances include Yip’s Children’s Choir of Hong Kong conducted by Ronald Cheung; Michigan’s Boychoir of Ann Arbor conducted by John Boonenberg; New Jersey’s Princeton Boychoir conducted by Fred Meads; and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and the Tucson Arizona Young Men’s Ensemble, both conducted by Julian Ackerley.

The choirs will combine their voices for the final performance, which includes classic and contemporary selections such as “Credo” from “Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo“ by Franz Joseph Haydn, “Always Something Sings” by Dan Forrest and “Like a Mighty Stream” by Moses Hogan.

Event tickets are $22.50 for adults, $15 for seniors and NAU employees and free for children and NAU students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Central Ticket Office in the University Union or by calling (928) 523-5661. Tickets also are available at the door with a $2 surcharge. Free event parking is available in Lot P13.

Cheyenne Jarrette