The Wilmington Boys Choir is now in its sixth year under music director, Ronnie Wise. The choir strives to instill principles of integrity, character, achievement and a strong work ethic. No religious affiliation is required to become a member, and all members are from age 7 through voice change.
The choir meets every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. for practice, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Performances include about 10 concerts and services per year. We have performed at Westminster Abbey, Biltmore House and Duke University Chapel.
Did you know that a positive and rewarding experience in music has a positive impact on the personal and social development of children? With our choir, your son has the chance to contribute to our community's culture, learn about music, grow and achieve while making friends and having fun!
In addition to our rehearsals and performances, we offer a wide variety of fun activities, ranging from our annual 4-day free summer camp at Wrightsville Beach, to trips to Myrtle Beach and the Baltimore Boychoir Festival. Keep an eye out for sign-ups!
Prior to his time as music director for the Wilmington Boys Choir and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mr. Wise served as director of worship and the arts and principal organist at Boone United Methodist Church in Boone. He studied at Appalachian State University in Boone, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and the Juilliard School in NYC.
In addition to his role with the WBC, Mr. Rhoads is assistant director of music at St. Paul’s. He served as director of music at St. Andrew's-on-the-Sound for 18 years. Mr. Rhoads holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Performer's Certificate from Indiana University and a Master's Degree in Music from Rice University. He is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Ms. Charles has been a music specialist at New Hanover County Schools and director of music at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church since 2002. She performs regionally with Schola Cantorum of the Diocese of East Carolina. She is in her 29th year in music education.
The Wilmington Boys Choir is funded in part by a generous grant from The Landfall Foundation, which pays for our free summer choral camp for local boys.
NC CARES for Arts and Grassroots Arts Program grants from The Arts Council of Wilmington and NHC provide the operational and program support that enables us to continue offering this vital choral music program to boys in the Wilmington area.