Cathedral Choir of Boys & Girls
August 24th - May 27th, 2018
We offer choral opportunities at the Cathedral for children and youth in grades 2 and up, based on the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life program.
The chorister program is open to all, regardless of membership at the Cathedral, so please invite friends. Contact Paul Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions, or to indicate your interest.
What is the rehearsal schedule?
Cathedral Choir of Boys and Girls (grades 2 and up) – Thursdays from 4:15-5:30pm. The church is open for quiet study before rehearsal, so that parents can bring children straight from school. This time before rehearsal is a good opportunity for ribbon work!
What is a chorister?
Boys (and more recently girls!) have sung the treble line of choral music in England’s great cathedrals and collegiate chapels for nearly one thousand years. Choristers receive a comprehensive musical education while providing a pure, radiant treble sound, for which much of the great music of our Anglican tradition was written. At the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, we aim to uphold these ideal within our resources and worship schedule.
Who can be a chorister?
We welcome all children in second grade and up. Younger choristers may be admitted on a case-by-case basis in regard to reading proficiency. High-school aged youth are encouraged to sing with the adult choir. Prior musical experience is not necessary, and our program aims to provide each child with a quality musical education based on the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Voice for Life curriculum. The only requirement for entrance to the choir is an unwavering commitment of time: faithful attendance at services and rehearsals.
How much does the program cost?
The program fee for each chorister is $50 per school year. There is a $80 cap for households with more than one chorister. If a family can afford all or part of these costs, we ask that they pay their way so that more funding is available to those in need. Scholarships are available for those in need - please discuss this with Paul or any of the clergy.
What is the time commitment?
It is important that choristers faithfully attend weekly rehearsals, Thursdays from 4:15-5:30pm in order to sing in worship services. The Choir of Boys & Girls sing, on average, once per month during the school year. This is primarily at the 9:15am Choral Holy Communion service, as well as combined services and occasional afternoon and evening services. We may sing more frequently in the future, depending on our level of skill and involvement. Choristers are also expected to learn music theory in order to earn RSCM Voice for Life ribbons and medals. This teaching is a part of their weekly rehearsals.
How will my child benefit from being a chorister?
Singing with friends is both biblical and lots of fun! Choristers will gain musical, liturgical, and scriptural knowledge, as well as self-confidence and leadership skills.
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