Boys to Men

Started in 2003 by the Phoenix Chorale as an education outreach program, the annual “Boys to Men” festival promotes community-wide access to choral training and development for young male singers. In recent years, the festival has been hosted by the Orpheus Male Choir of Phoenix, and male singers and ensembles from junior high schools, high schools, and community ensembles come together on the first Saturday in November to sing for and with one another.

Boys to Men 2018 will be held in the auditorium of Central High School in Phoenix (4525 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85012) on Saturday, Nov. 3. The guest conductors for the mass-choir pieces will be Herbert Washington (Director of Middle & High School Choral Activities at Gilbert Christian High School, Encore Director at Chandler Children’s Choir), J. J. Rafferty (Director of Choral Activities at Greenway High School), and Carric Smolnik (Accompanist and Assistant Director of Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix).

The mass choir pieces for this year are:

Music in the Air – Ryan Murphy

Weep No More – David Childs

Polly Wolly Doodle – John Leavitt

The format for the day will be very similar to the past several years:

  • Each director is responsible for ordering and rehearsing the mass-choir pieces.
  • Parts for all three mass-choir pieces will be available online by mid-September to help singers learn their parts.
  • Mass choir rehearsal on November 3rd will begin at 1:00.  Each piece will be rehearsed for approximately 45 minutes.
  • We will take a 20-25 minute water, cookie, and bathroom break.
  • Four adult choirs will each perform two selections for the other choirs and audience.
  • Approximately five youth/school choirs will perform one selection each for the other choirs and audience.
  • Following the individual choirs’ performances, all singers (junior high, high school, and adults) will come together to perform the three mass choir pieces.
  • Admission for friends and family who want to see the concert will be $5.  (Tickets are available at the door.)

Tentative Schedule:

12:30-1:00 – Singers arrive and find seats
1:00-1:05 – Welcome and warm-up > Brook Larson
1:05-1:40 – Herbert Washington rehearses “Music in the Air”
1:40-2:15 – J. J. Rafferty rehearses “Weep No More”
2:15-2:40 – Water, cookie, and bathroom break
2:45-3:20 – Carric Smolnik rehearses “Polly Wolly Doodle”
3:20-3:30 – Get into place on the stage (move sound equipment)
3:30-4:00 – Run through pieces on stage
4:00-4:30 – Break before concert begins
4:00 – Doors open to public
4:30 – Concert begins
6:00 – Concert ends


What do I need to do if I want to bring singers to this event? 

Email  by October 1 to let him know that you are coming.

How much does it cost to register/bring my choir to Boys to Men? 

Each director is responsible for ordering the music for his/her choir.  The price of the music and the transportation to and from the venue should be your only cost.  Tickets are $5 for the audience and are available at the door (12 and under are free).

What do my singers wear to the rehearsal and the concert?

Participants wear their B uniforms as opposed to tuxedos.  For most adult choirs this will be something like a polo/golf shirt and khaki pants.  Students are encouraged to wear a T-shirt or polo with their school’s/choir’s name on it.  We only ask that the students don’t look sloppy.

What songs will the mass choir be singing?

Listed above.

Can my school sing by themselves like all the adult choirs?

Probably.  Just contact me as soon as possible to let me know.  We can only allow a limited quantity of groups to participate in the concert.

The first Saturday in November (the 3rd) will be here before you know it.  Make plans now to bring your male singers to Boys to Men 2018 at Central High School (4525 N. Central Ave., Phoenix 85012).

For more information about Boys to Men please email  to let me know if you are planning on bringing your students and/or if you have any questions.