Many of the parish’s youngsters participate in our popular weekly choir programs, and perform at services throughout the year. For loyal choristers, weekly choir practice and Sunday morning performances provide a rich friendship group as well as a musical education.
We follow a modified form of the Royal School of Church Music method of choral and musical training which focuses on corporate music-making; the program is geared toward musicianship and individual achievement. Over time, choristers may qualify for a series of RSCM certificates.
For the Fall 2013-2014 season, our program includes:
- St. Cecilia Choir for boys and girls, Pre-K age 4 through Kindergarten, meets on Tuesdays from 3:30 pm.to 4:00 pm This is a pre-choir music activity. They are introduced to basic musical skills through games, songs, movement, and art projects.
- Junior Girl Choristers Grade 1-3 meet on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm. Younger girls learn musical skills, hymns, anthems of the church through games and art projects and participate in special events throughout the year.
- Girl Choristers Grades 4-8 meet on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. For older girls, thecombination of advanced musical training in a relaxed atmosphere with the spirituality and camaraderie of a church choir is unique.
- Junior Boy Choristers Grades 1-3 meet on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm.Younger boys are introduced to musical skills and great hymns of the church and participate in special events throughout the year.
- Boy Choristers Grades 4-8 meet on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Older boys learn vocal excellence in a friendly environment, where they may also engage in activities such as sports and ball games before and after rehearsals.
- Choristers, Our most advanced group of highschool singers are invited to participate on a weekly basis on Sunday mornings and often help with the younger choristers on weekdays.
In recent years, the choristers have performed on choir trips to England, Florida, and Washington, D.C., and as well as at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum. This year, the choir is singing a commissioned work for the Installation of our Tenth Rector in October, presenting a musical Let my people go!, performing at the Museum of the City of New York and at Lessons and Carols, as well as a summer trip to England, late June 2014.
If your child is interested in becoming a part of our program, please contact Mollie Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org.