North Carolina Boys Choir

Winter Concert for the Holidays

Join us for seasonal songs of celebration and joy!

All of our choirs will share their talents with you on Monday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.

The concert is free and open to all at University Presbyterian Church in downtown Chapel Hill, in the sanctuary of 209 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill.

A wonderful way to celebration the season!

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Auditions open for 2016-17 choirs



Auditions to be held

Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8:45 am or 11:00 am

Monday, Sept. 26 at 6:15 pm or 8:30 pm

For boys and girls who love to sing!

The North Carolina Boys Choir and Girls Choir are arts organizations for young boys and girls between the ages of seven and eighteen.  They perform in concerts throughout the area and take part in wider opportunities with other choirs.  As the girls and boys with educational opportunities; and travel locally, regionally, nationally, and abroad for performances.

More than just a choir . . .

The North Carolina Boys Choir and Girls Choir educate and train girls and boys in the art of performing the finest music in the choral tradition.  Through musical training and choral experiences, the girls and boys develop an appreciation of a wide range of choral literature. They gain self-confidence and poise, develop leadership and teamwork skills, and acquire self-discipline and self-respect. They bond with other girls and boys who share their love of music.  

How to join . . .

The North Carolina Boys Choir and Girls Choir will hold auditions for boys and girls ages 7-14 (approximately)  prior to, and following, the North Carolina Boys Choir rehearsals in the Fellowship Hall at Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. (Corner of Willow Drive and US 15-501.)

Children and their parents will have an opportunity to observe rehearsals.   Questions, or unable to attend these auditions but interested? Please contact:

Robert E. Unger 919-239-9083

or David Cole 443-974-8431

NC Boys Choir Spring Concert June 5

We invite you to join us for a concert  to celebrate spring with a mix of classical choral arrangements.

The concert will feature performances by the North Carolina Boys Choir Concert Choir, Training Choir, and Chamber Choir.

Music selections include works by Purcell, Bach, Bencini, Wood, and Brewer; 20th century compositions by Clausen, Leavitt, Manual, Rudolph, and Stroope; and spirituals arranged by Hogan, Berg and Dilworth.

The North Carolina Boys Choir is under the direction of Robert Unger and David Cole.

The concert will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. June 5, 2016 in the sanctuary of University Presbyterian Church, located at 209 E. Franklin St., downtown Chapel Hill.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. The North Carolina Boys Choir is a non-profit 501(c)(3), and all donations support the activities of the choirs.






Sounds of Christmas

Join us for the North Carolina Boys Choir Christmas Concert

Christmas concertAll are invited to hear the North Carolina Boys Choir perform its annual Christmas Concert in mid-December.

Join us for the concert on Monday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at Binkley Baptist Church, located at 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill, NC. 

The concert will feature traditional secular and sacred Christmas music. Seize this wonderful chance to enjoy classical holiday music in the midst of the holiday season!

The concert is free, and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Donations to support the North Carolina Boys Choir are received with gratitude. No tickets are required.

Vespers for All Saints Day

The chiming of the hour at 5 p.m. marked All Saints Day at Binkley Baptist Church, where members of the NC Boys Choir joined the Binkley Chancel Choir and Bell Choir for hymns and anthems.

NC Boys Choir joins Raleigh Boychoir for Lord of the Rings in Concert!

Singing the National Anthem at the Durham Bulls game

What an honor to sing the National Anthem before the Durham Bulls’ game June 23! Despite the heat, the choristers were in great form and excited. Thanks to the Bulls organization for this great experience and for permitting our board member Sarah Whang to take these photos on the diamond.
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A video of the choristers’ rendition is posted on our Facebook page: Click here.

On the road again! N.C. Boys Choir sings in Greenville and Wilmington

School’s out, summer is here, and the North Carolina Boys Choir and North Carolina Chamber Choir are bringing their harmonies to its state. The choirs performed June 18 at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, N.C. Below are photos from the performance. The choristers sounded angelic in a beautiful church.


The boys had a wonderful time at their host homes and had a nice breakfast.

On June 19 the choir, staff and chaperons spent the morning at Greenville’s lovely Elm Street Park, played ultimate Frisbee and capture the flag, then had delicious sandwiches prepared by Ms. Marsha Harris, Mrs. Kim Brouwer, and Mr. Kip Brouwer.

They traveled to Wilmington and Winter Park Baptist Church and had a feast of wonderful Southern buffet, an awesome delight after a very hot day.

The Boys Choir and Chamber Choir sang beautifully to a thunderous applause — from the heavens, as a heavy storm broke.  The storm caused the power to fluctuate, and the electric organ reset three times, but Assistant Choir Director and accompanist David Cole took it in stride and recovered beautifully. At one point, the electric organ shut down all together due to the thunder, and the lights went out momentarily. The heavenly voices soared above the din of the thunder and ended the evening with the beautiful hymn — “May the Lord bless you and keep you.”

Below are photos from that performance.

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On June 20 the choir sang on the battleship USS North Carolina, then had fun at the beach.

We are so grateful to the communities of the churches for hosting the boys for supper and a reception as well as staying overnight in their homes. Such a wonderful way for the choir to meet the people of the state of which it is the official boys choir.

May 4 Spring Concert by the North Carolina Boys Choir at Duke Chapel featured classics, spirituals and folk songs

The North Carolina Boys Choir and Chamber Choir welcomed lovers of choral music to join them for their annual spring concert at Duke Chapel on Monday evening, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. The choirs performed a mix of classical choral arrangements by Tchaikovsky, Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, César Franck, Friedrich Flemming, and Edvard Grieg; along with spirituals and American and Irish folk songs.

The North Carolina Boys Choir (ages 9 to 14) was joined by its Training Choir for younger boys and girls and by the North Carolina Chamber Choir of Tenors and Basses at the concert.

NCBoysChoir_SpringConcert_FlierThe Boys Choir (Concert Choir) and Chamber Choir together sang selections including “Cherubim Song Number 7” by Dimitri Bortniansky as arranged by Tchaikovsky; “Confitemini Domino (Now With One Accord)” by Alessandro Costantini; “Ave Verum Corpus” by Mozart; “Beautiful River” by Robert Lowry arranged by John Rutter; “A Clare Benediction” by John Rutter; “Sure on This Shining Night” by Samuel Barber set to a poem by James Agee; The spiritual “Keep Your Lamps!” arranged by Andre Thomas; the spiritual “Rockin’ Jerusalem” arranged by Rollo Dilworth; and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by John Rutter.

The Boys Choir (Concert Choir) sang “Now Thank We All Our God” by Johann Cruger as harmonized by Bach; “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach as arranged by Richard G. Appel; “Gloria” from Mass in G Major by Schubert arranged by Walter Ehret; “Panis Angelicus” from Messe Solennelle by César Franck; three American folk songs arranged by Alice Parker, “The Colorado Trail,” “Santy Ano,” and “Shenandoah”; and “Hymn to Freedom” by Oscar Peterson arranged by Seppo Hovi.

The Chamber Choir sang “Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur (The Heavens Resound)” by Beethoven as arranged by Peter Dykema; “The Man of Upright Living” by Friedrich Flemming; the traditional Irish melody “Be Thou My Vision” arranged by Robert Hunter; and “Brothers, Sing On!” by Edvard Grieg arranged by Howard McKinney.

The Training Choir sang “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Cecil Frances Alexander and John Rutter; the spiritual “Steal Away” arranged by David H. Williams; “Brother James’s Air,” a paraphrase of Psalm 23 by James L. M. Bain arranged by Gordon Jacob.

The Boys Choir is one of the oldest choral organizations in the area, founded in 1972 as the Durham Boys Choir and designated the North Carolina Boys Choir in 1983 by then-Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. Through the years the Choir has sung with all the area’s major choral groups such as the Duke Chapel Choir, Choral Society of Durham, Choirs of Meredith and NCSU and Chapel Hill Voices. They have also sung with the N.C. Symphony Orchestra in Christmas Pops Concert and the War Requiem in 1983.

The Choir has appeared on a number of area TV specials including “Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion” and “North Carolina People with William Friday.” The Choir tours nationally and internationally and has presented concerts in churches and cathedrals in Canada, England, and Scotland. In summer 2014, the Choir sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The North Carolina Boys Choir is under the direction of Robert Unger and David Cole.