Our mission is to encourage and support the spiritual and musical education of children and to serve the worship and arts communities of West Michigan.


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Timeline

                                                                                     
Dates                  Event Source
2012 The Choir launches its first Legacy Campaign to ensure their future.   
2011 The Choir releases their CD in November at their concert – Music for Royal Occasions.  
2011 In June of 2011 the Choir records its first CD – Christmas with the Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys, with Dr Neary directing and Dr Kenneth Bos, organist  
2011 Our Lenten service is preceded by a week of training with Andrew Nethsingha, organist/choirmaster St John's College Cambridge.
2010 The Choir establishes an annual program of four performances per year: November – Music for Royal Occasions, December - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, March/April- Lenten Meditations and May – Choral Evensong  
2010 May 2010, Dr. Neary returns as guest director for Choral Evensong  
2009 In the spring of 2009, Dr. Martin Neary, former organist-choirmaster of Westminster Abby, UK, plans a trip to Grand Rapids for an organ recital at Park Church. Prior to his arrival, Scott Bosscher writes to him to introduce him to the Choir and invites him to come to a rehearsal to “meet the boys”. Dr Neary graciously accepts and offers to not only work with the boys and men, but also direct them in an Evensong service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. A wonderful new relationship is formed….  
2008 Scott Bosscher returns as Artistic Director – the choir enters a rebuilding season – new choristers are recruited for summer camp in July and August, the Gentlemen return in October; by December the Choir performs their traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.  
2008 A group of former Gentlemen of the Choir spearheaded by Chuck Witteveen meet to come up with a plan to re-start the full Choir   
2007-2008 Due to financial reasons the Choir scales back to a small group of boys only – maintained by Board Member Gina Becker  
2002-2006 In addition to the traditional Lessons and Carols Service, the Choir performs in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors Christmas opera; The Choir traveled to Chicago for a weekend of performances in 2005.  
2001 Scott Bosscher appointed Artistic Director – the shift is made back to the founders original mission of a choir based on the training of the Royal School of Church Music.  
1996-2000 Peter Hopkins appointed Artistic Director  - the Choir's mission changes, shifting to a more secular schedule – performing more and more with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids Ballet, and Opera Grand Rapids  
1996 Charles Olegar returns to his earlier calling as a church organist–choir director Charles Olegar     Archive Series, 2011
1995 England trip, featuring an all-American repertoire Charles Olegar Archive Series, 2011
1989-1996 The Boys Choir of Grand Rapids, soon to become the forty-member Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys, would experience prodigious artistic growth that would fully realize the founders’ dream of Grand Rapids being home to a choir modeled after Willcock's renown Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, presenting, in that modest-sized city in America’s midwestern Great Lakes region, the incomparable music of the Anglican Choral Tradition in live church venues Charles Olegar Archive Series, 2011
1989 ...Grand Rapids, Michigan, church musician Charles Olegar and local businessman Douglas Haan undertake the realization of a vision that has been gestating since their initial contact two years earlier, when Olegar’s Battle Creek Boychoir joined forces with a number of men singers form Calvin College, including Haan, to form an ad hoc choir of men and boys for Sir David Willcocks to conduct in a Evensong reflecting the English cathedral tradition, held at Grand Rapids’ LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church as part of a larger choral festival for which the great British master was the featured artist. Charles Olegar Archive Series, 2011