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The Beloved Vienna Boys Choir to Perform “Christmas in Vienna” at Carnegie Hall
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VIENNA BOYS CHOIR PERFORMS CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA AT CARNEGIE HALL
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Vienna Boys Choir to join Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in New Year's Eve Concert
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Review: From classical to standards, Vienna Boys Choir mastered them all
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Boys choir takes crowd on journey across globe
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Review: Vienna Boys Choir charming, superb in Allentown
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12.03.14
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Vienna Boys Choir brings Christmas in Vienna to Carnegie Hall
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Vienna Boys Choir shines on Sky Centre stage
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10.27.14
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Vienna Boys Choir brought down the house with a program of folk songs — and drums
The Washington Post
03.06.14
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VIENNA BOYS CHOIR TO SING WITH ORCHESTRAS THROUGHOUT VIENNA
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The New York Times
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Austria's Stimmbogen celebrates its 10-year anniversary
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11.18.09
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Vienna Boys Choir provides resounding Rockford performance
Rockford Register Star
12.22.08
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Yule Cheer, Doubled: Boys Choirs of Germany, Vienna
Washington Post
12.05.08
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Vienna Boys' choir stirs holiday spirit
Charleston Post and Courier
11.17.08
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Vienna Boys Choir displays vocal skills in wide-ranging program
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
06.12.08
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VIENNA BOYS CHOIR IN UPCOMING FEATURE FILM
04.09.08
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Film includes Vienna Choir brothers
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Boys have been singing at the Viennese court since the 14th century, and in 1498 - more than half a millennium ago - Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians to Vienna. Historians have settled on 1498 as the foundation date of the Vienna Chapel Imperial (Hofmusikkapelle) and thus the Vienna Boys Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, concerts, private functions, and on state occasions. 

Throughout history, such noted composers as Heinrich Isaac, Philippe de Monte, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Joseph Fux, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Salieri, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Anton Bruckner have worked with the choir. Jacobus Gallus and Franz Schubert were themselves choristers, and brothers Franz Joseph and brother Michael Haydn were members of the choir of St. Stephen's Cathedral, but frequently sang with the imperial boys choir as well.

In 1918, after the breakdown of the Habsburg Empire, the Austrian government took over the court opera, its orchestra and the adult singers, but not the boys'choir. Josef Schnitt, who became Dean of the Imperial Chapel in 1921, turned the Vienna Boys Choir into a private institution. The former court choir boys became the Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir); the imperial uniform was replaced by the sailor suit, then the height of boys' fashion. The choir started to give concerts outside of the chapel in 1926, performing motets, secular works - and at the boys' request - children's operas. The impact was amazing. Within a year, the choir had performed in Berlin (led by Erich Kleiber), Prague, and Zurich. Athens and Riga (1928) followed, then Spain, France, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden (1929), the United States (1932), Australia (1934), and South America (1936). Since 1926, the choir has gone on more than 1000 tours in 100 different countries.

Present

Today, the Vienna Boys Choir consists of 100 boys between the ages of ten and fourteen, from dozens of nations, divided into four touring groups.  Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. Between them, the four choirs give 300 concerts and performances each year before almost half a million people.  They visit virtually all European countries, and are frequent guests in Asia, Australia, and the Americas. 

The Vienna Boys Choir has a close association with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with members of the orchestra and the men of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the choir maintains the tradition of the imperial musicians: as Hofmusikkapelle (Chapel Imperial) they provide the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna's Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498. In 2016, the choir participated for the sixth time in the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mariss Jansons ... read full bio