The Colmar Boys’ Choir
The Colmar Boys’ Choir was initially composed of 13 singers when it was founded in 1985. Today there are more than 70 choir members, testifying to the renewed interest in boys’ choirs in France. Over the past twenty years the choir has become a first class vocal ensemble. Under the bâton of Arlette Steyer who has directed them since the very beginning and with the support and collaboration of the Ministries for Culture, Education and the City Council of Colmar, the choir plays a leading role in musical circles in Alsace, North-East of France.
They regularly collaborate with major cultural institutions in the Alsace region: The Rhine National Opera, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rhine dramatic arts company.
The reputation of the choir extends well beyond regional borders, with concerts, festivals and tours organised at home and abroad (Germany, Switzerland, England, the United States of America, Canada, China, Japan, Portugal, the Vatican etc.).
The choir’s wide repertoire ranges from Gregorian to 20th century music, with a special interest in Baroque. The choir also interprets great orchestral works such as Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Vespers and Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, etc.
Renowned conductors and composers (Gilbert Amy, Pierre Cao, Theodor Guschlbauer, Eliahu Inbal, Jean-Claude Malgoire) have directed the choir on numerous occasions.
These performances have contributed to an extensive discography: fourteen CDs in twenty years.
The choir has been awarded various prizes: the prix Menotti, the prix Palestrina, the prix Liliane Bettencourt, etc.
A professional team of specialised teachers is responsible for the vocal and musical training of the boys.
In addition to focusing on choral singing, this programme also aspires to encourage pupils to listen to each other, stimulate personal expression and individual responsibility within the group, learn how to live and work together and develop the social skills required to foster successful interaction when participating in concerts and tours. Both the boys and their parents enter into the spirit of this programme, investing their support and dedication throughout the entire duration of compulsory schooling; a small price to pay for the excellent reputation which they have earned within the musical world.