P.O Box 19348, Minneapolis, MN 55419
MBC 2018/19 Public Performances to be announced soon!
MBC performs many public and private events throughout the season. 2018/19 Holiday, Mid-Winter and Spring public concerts will be confirmed and added to our website soon.
The Metropolitan Boys Choir Mission
To provide a unique program of musical excellence and personal growth for Twin Cities area boys of varied social, cultural, and economic backgrounds; to develop responsibility and leadership; and to empower these young men to become positive influences in their communities.
The Metropolitan Boys Choir is an organization of young men from the twelve-county metropolitan area surrounding Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The boys range in age from five to fifteen. Founded in 1971 by Music Director Bea Hasselmann, they merit the title "Minnesota's Young Ambassadors of Song," given to them by the late Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey.
The Choir Regularly Appears in concert halls, churches, convention centers, and senior-care centers, throughout the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. The Choir performed regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra for thirty years. Henry Charles Smith, Resident Conductor introduced the choir to the Orchestra in 1976, and they have since had the honor of singing under the direction of many world-renowned conductors, including Edo de Waart, Eiji Oue, Osmo Vanska, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, Neville Marriner, Andrew Litton, Christopher Seaman, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman, Helmuth Rilling, and the late Klaus Tennstedt and Robert Shaw. They have also been honored to sing with other premier ensembles and performers such as: the Russian Bolshoi Ballet, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Christopher Plummer, Maureen McGovern, Doc Severinsen, Mitch Miller, Debbie Boone, Dorothy Benham, Bobby Vee, Sanford Moore, Tony Sandler, Tom Tipton, and the late Rosemary Clooney. They were the featured choir for the traveling tour of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with Patrick Cassidy.
Top Quality Musical Performances keep the Metropolitan Boys Choir in high demand. Over the years, the choir has performed at such notable events as the 1998 World Figure Skating Championships, Super Bowl XXVI, CBS/Disneyland Fourth of July Special, Robert Schuller's internationally televised "Hour of Power," 1991 Special Olympics, 1990 Mikhail Gorbachev Twin Cities visit, and the 1985 All-Star Major League Baseball Game. They have performed for many Minnesota Governors, United States Vice Presidents, Senators, and Legislators. They have sung the national anthem at the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, and Wild games. The boys have been invited on many occasions to sing for the Music Educators National Conference as well as the American Choral Directors Associations' state and national conventions. The choirs were also selected to sing for the National Orff Convention, Wisconsin State Choral Directors Convention, and the American Kodaly Educators National Convention.
Annual Tours have taken the choir through forty-two of the fifty United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. Foreign tours have introduced these "Young Ambassadors of Song" to audiences in Canada, Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, Wales, France, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic, Guatemala and more.
Multiple Choirs for boys of various age and skill levels make up the Metropolitan Boys Choir program. Versatility, skill, and dedication are qualities the choir demands from its members. Following an audition and interview, in which his personal and musical strengths are evaluated, each recruit begins their musical and educational training program. Inquire at the MBC office for audition schedules.
For more information on engaging the MBC for performances, weddings, and other special occasions, to make a contribution, or to schedule an audition please contact us at:
Phone: (612) 827-6501
Fax: (612) 823-6708
PO Box 19348
Minneapolis, MN 55419