The 3rd International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival in Arizona July 2011 is an offshoot of the Alliance For Arts and Understanding, founded in 1993 by Carol Stewart. The Alliance presented the AmericaFest and World Festivals of Singing for Boys and Men as well as two World Festivals of Women’s Singing.
From its origin, the not-for-profit Alliance For Arts and Understanding focused on boys singing, the worldwide predicament of lower numbers of capable male singers, and the lack of opportunities which nurture artistically talented young men. It was a global program which encouraged male artistic expression in a present-day society that needed their leadership.
Most recently a variety of this festival concept has twice occurred in the Czech Republic; first in 2004 and then again in 2008 co-hosted by Boni Pueri and Amabile Choirs. Though not officially aligned with the now non-operational Alliance, the 3rd International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival in Arizona furthers the objective of an event honoring male singers of all ages promoting artistic opportunities that foster intercultural understanding and camaraderie.