The Oldest Boys Choir In North Carolina

Nov 20, 2018

The Burlington Boys Choir
Credit Courtesy of Bill Allred

The Burlington Boys Choir is celebrating its 60th anniversary next year. The choir features boys between the ages of 8 and 15 from Alamance County and is the oldest organization of its kind in North Carolina. The choir began rehearsals in the late 1950s under the direction of Eva Wiseman, a music education supervisor in the Burlington County Public School system. In the last six decades, the choir has visited the White House four times and performed on three different continents. 

Host Frank Stasio talks to current Burlington Boys Choir director Bill Allred about the history of the choir and the impact it has made on the community. Choir members Sam McDonald, Max McDonald, and Karsten Palmer join the conversation to share their experiences in the group. Sam and Max are in eighth grade at Woodlawn Middle School in Mebane, and Karsten is in seventh grade at Blessed Sacrament School in Burlington.

A selection of the members of the Burlington Boys Choir will perform live at the Triad Stage’s Upstage Cabaret in downtown Greensboro, with André Lash accompanying them on the keyboard. The Burlington Boys Choir will perform on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Macedonia Lutheran Church in Burlington and on Friday, Dec.14 in downtown Burlington. You can find out more about their upcoming performances here