Can Boys' Choirs Survive?

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The angelic voices of boys' choirs have been celebrated for millennia, but in recent years, choirs have been hit hard by sex abuse scandals and declining revenues. Findings from a Danish study cited this week in The Telegraph have brought to light another stumbling block: that boys are increasingly hitting puberty at younger ages. The study suggests that boys' choirs will be losing treble singers faster than ever before.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan interviews two choir directors about the study's findings: Lorna Myers, who has directed boys' choirs in her native Trinidad and now directs a youth ensemble called the Young Voices of Harlem, and Robert Ridgell, who is the director of the youth choir at the Trinity Wall Street Church in Manhattan.