History

History of the Singing AngelsInspired by the notion that children could musically share joy and peace, founder Bill Boehm posted an audition call for a children’s holiday concert at Severance Hall. Eighty children ages 5 to 14, from diverse racial, religious and economic backgrounds responded and The Singing Angels was formed. The charter members - 80 strong, some as young as five years old - delighted audiences that Christmas season with their special brand of youthful charm. Discipline, a prime Angel requirement, was evident in their presense on stage.

After that first season, The Singing Angels was suddenly a fresh entertainment idea widely in demand for every type of program, from church fundraisers to business conferences in downtown hotels. The Lakeside Summer Art Festival became an annual performance in 1965. The group's first television special was made for Christmas 1967 at WEWS-TV. In 1969, The Singing Angels had its first Command Performance at the White House. That Christmas, Wayne Newton introduced them to the nation on the Kraft Music Hall Special on NBC.

Rehearsals were first held in the Statler Hotel, and later at the old downtown Cleveland YMCA. In 1970, The Singing Angels made the Cleveland Fire Training Academy their musical home. Today, The Singing Angels rehearse in the Cleveland Masonic Temple.