Marquita Griffin

I didn’t truly learn about the works of the Fort Bend Boys Choir until two years ago while working on that month’s editions of the Herald’s monthly magazines. And I have to say, it was enlightening to hear about the choir’s beginning and the motivation behind it.

Through several interviews I learned this organization was about more than boys who can sing in beautiful harmony.

I have had the pleasure of seeing them perform and I was wonderfully impressed. Not just with their voices but with the undeniable joy and professionalism they exuded.

Their very presence during that performance, looking sharp in their blue blazers, was a demonstration of unity and how honed skills and talents can be used to move people.

To make strangers feel happy, thankful or inspired, even if only for an evening.

The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas over its three-plus decades has undoubtedly become a cornerstone of our community, and for good reason.

Of course, being a member of the choir provides the opportunity for a musically talented boy to showcase his talents, but it also provides boys the chance to experience the world around them and how to contribute to it.

These boys learn how to work together to accomplish goals. They learn how to overcome challenges and bond with peers who more often than not, come from different cultures, backgrounds and experiences.

They learn how to give back to their community and how to support one another. They also learn how to value themselves and build confidence in who they are.

All of these lessons are priceless experiences during a child’s development into adulthood.

The choir will open its 38th concert season on Aug. 22, and if you think your son would enjoy the choir experience, consider letting him audition.

Now, entry into one of the treble choirs for unchanged voice is by audition only and will be held by special appointment at First United Methodist Church in Missouri City. To audition, a boy should be 8 years old or going into the third grade for the 2019-2020 school year.

For those parents like myself who immediately consider all the financial and logistical obligations — or obstacles, depending on your livelihood — scholarships, payment plans and carpool assistance are available.

Rehearsals will be held Thursday evenings, starting Aug.22, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

The Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas also offers a music program called Music Magic, for boys who are six or seven years old. In this class, boys will learn about rhythm awareness and pitch matching in addition to developing large muscle coordination, better musicianship and increased focus.

The Music Magic class, which is in its 23rd season, does not require auditions, though, making it the perfect chance to let your son see if being a choirboy is something he would be interested in.

Music Magic will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. starting Oct. 8 and ending on Dec. 3, also at the First United Methodist Church in Missouri City. And on Dec. 7, this group of boys will sing with all the treble choirs at the annual Christmas Musicale.

This was the performance I had the pleasure to witness, and it’s something everyone should see at least once. I recall a few members in the audience wiping teary eyes because it was just that moving.

If interested, check out the organization at www.fbbctx.org as well as its Facebook page, YouTube channel or Twitter. And if your son is game to audition, just give them a ring at 281-240-3800 for more details.

Reach Marquita Griffin at mgriffin@fbherald.com.

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