Soloists 2004-2014

The GRAMMY-winning Pacific Boychoir Academy (PBA) has released its eighth independent album, a compilation of solos from 2004-2014. Five treble soloists sing fifteen tracks of music by Mozart, Bach, Schubert, Fauré, Barber, and Ellington. The project includes several distingued Bay Area instrumentalist, including pianist Miles Graber, harpist Anna Maria Mendieta, and The Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra. The digital release is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, LOUDR, and other digital music outlets.

The majority of solos are performed by distinguished alumni of the choir school, George Goodhead and Ian Pitman. Goodhead attends Bishop O’Dowd while singing baritone in PBA’s high school ensemble. Pitman now sings as a tenor at University of Chicago; from boy soloist to choir staff, this summer Pitman joined his former teachers as a chaperone on the choir’s 2016 concert tour of Australia.

Highlights from the album include a Mozart duet, Sub tuum praesidium, in which Pitman sings both parts, and his rendition of Gounod’s Repentir, featuring his grasp of the French language. The Ergo Interest/Quaere Superna by Mozart reaches a high G-flat in the cadenza. Marcus Shelby lends his jazz orchestra for On a Turquoise Cloud, part of a 2009 collaboration in honor of Duke Ellington’s 100th birthday. The full Soprano-Alto-Tenor-Bass choir can be heard in the ethereal spirituals, one of two on the album, I’ve Been in the Storm, with solo by Goodhead. Artistic Director Kevin Fox says of Goodhead’s singing, “I always enjoyed the clarity and control in George’s voice, which you can hear especially in Barber’s Sure on this Shining Night and Mozart’s Grabmusik.”

See the track listing on Loudr.fm

See the track listing on iTunes

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