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Christian Brothers established a College Choir with 59 members at its original location on Adams in 1881. Continuing until 1885, the choir sang at graduations, perhaps under the leadership of Prof. Adolph Stein. From 1896-1911 there was a college glee club, and in 1911 there was a CBC Glee Club numbering 18 and a CBC Junior Choir numbering 37 under the direction of Prof. William Saxby, Jr., which lasted two years. No vocal music was offered on the campus after 1913, although in 1915, there were two vocal solos by Charles J. McCauley at commencement. Band and solo instrumental instruction were the Music Department’s forte on Adams. With the move to the Parkway in 1940, choral music had a new start in 1943 under the direction of Brother Henry Ernest Archambeault in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Major productions of Gilbert and Sullivan (Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore) were mounted and to this day are remembered by those who sang in them. Brothers Luke Azarias Herbert, Hilbert Edmund Whaley, and Luperius Arnold McMullen would be the next directors of choral music at CBHS and following Brother Arnold’s transfer in the late 1950's, choral music ceased on the Parkway. Attempts at choral music at the Walnut Grove location were made by Brother Ignatius Brown and Anthony Williams, but they were short-lived. The choral program was recently revived in the fall of 2010 with the arrival of Michael S. Williams and is enjoying a renaissance at CBHS through Brothers of Faith [BOF]. BOF has just entered its third year and has 52 young men in the ensemble. Men's Chorus performs at football games, special school events, professional athletic events, schools, charitable events, and in formal concerts in the fall and spring.
BOF exists as a new and forward moving educational venue in the vocal/choral arts geared toward education and enlightening students, performers and audiences alike, toward the understanding that the ARTS are a vital and meaningful part of the human existence. The number one goal of BOF is vocal/choral education. To that end, the BOF director works diligently to provide performance and classroom opportunities for as many students as possible who might wish to experience being a part of a choral experience. This helps to ensure that many young men of CBHS have the exposure to a vocal/choral arts education.
Men's Chorus, the first choral ensemble of BOF, meets daily as an academic class within the CBHS schedule. All young men who attend CBHS are eligible for auditions. BOF and Men's Chorus welcomes with excitement all students of CBHS (from Freshman to Senior) who wish to audition and be a part of this amazing new adventure at our school. Novice and veteran singers alike have a home with BOF. Standard and Honors levels are available to meet the needs of various levels of both musical talents and academic drive.
BOF currently has one director overseeing both performances and education in vocal/choral arts at CBHS. Mr. Michael S. Williams is the Director of Theatrical and Choral Activities at CBHS and teaches Men's Chorus, Acting (I, II, III, IV), and online Theatre History at CBHS.