Daniel Johnson-Wilmot, professor of music at Viterbo University, founded the La Crosse BoyChoir on 01 October 1974 with the sanction of Viterbo University and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, with the intention of bringing the centuries-old tradition of European boys’ choral music to La Crosse, Wisconsin. The La Crosse BoyChoir incorporated on 25 April 1975 with an independent, volunteer board of directors governing the organization. The Fine Arts Center at Viterbo University is still the rehearsal home to the La Crosse BoyChoir to this day.
There have been four conductors in the history of the La Crosse BoyChoir: Daniel Johnson-Wilmot (1974-2003), John M. Popke (2003-2004), Judy Stafslien (2004-2014), and Peter Bosgraaf (2014-present).
Choristers range from ages 7-14 and attend the many home, private, and public schools in more than 12 communities of the Seven Rivers Region and sing in one of our ensembles named after famous American composers.
The (Aaron) Copland Choir is the primary performing and touring choir of the La Crosse BoyChoir. Most boys in the Copland Choir are ages 10-12 and are in their second to third year with the BoyChoir. In addition, older boys auditioning for the BoyChoir join this choir.
(Norman) Dello Joio is the preparatory or training ensemble and provides an entry point for boys who are new to choral singing. The Dello Joio ensemble consists of boys ages 8-9, grade 2. Training includes, but is not limited to, group instruction in piano, sight-reading, singing, and voice.