The 2019-2020 Chorister Year will kick off this Saturday, September 21st.
We will meet on Saturdays in October and November to prepare for Advent Lessons and Carols.
A more detailed calendar and schedule are available online below. Your child in invited in the following manner:
6-8 years old, Saturdays 4pm-5pm
In the Bishops choir, children find their singing voice and lay the groundwork for a life-long appreciation of music. Weekly rehearsals prepare singers for entry into the Cathedral Choir including development of vocal skills, ear training and introduction to reading of musical notation.
9-15 years old, Saturdays 5pm-7pm
Cathedral choristers develop advanced vocal skills, musical understanding (theory and sight-singing), and knowledge of repertoire. Each meeting includes 30 minutes of warm up and vocal training; one hour of repertoire (classical sacred pieces); and 30 minutes of liturgy and music theory following the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Voice for Life training program. Students will have the opportunity to earn RSCM ribbons for various levels of work completed in choristers.
Invitational to high school aged students, Saturdays 5pm-7pm
Schola students may further mature in their musicianship beyond the scope of the four RSCM ribbons, and to serve as mentors and leaders within the choir, while receiving small-group instruction focused on adapting to the vocal transitions during the teenage years for both boys and girls. Each meeting includes 30 minutes of warm up and vocal training; 30-45 minutes of liturgy and music theory following the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Voice for Life training program; and 30-45 minutes of repertoire (classical sacred pieces). Schola students will have the opportunity to test with official RSCM staff to earn bronze, silver, and gold medals.
Each year includes three terms that loosely follow the Oxford calendar. All three choirs; Bishop’s, Cathedral, and Schola, meet every Saturday during the term dates. There are no Saturday rehearsals outside the term dates.
St. Matthew’s Term
Dates: September 21st – December 6th 2019
Service: Advent Lessons and Carols Service on December 6th, 2019
Event: Advent Wreaths Fundraiser, assembled Friday, November 30th and distributed the first week in December
Dates: February 1st – April 17th 2020
Service: Easter Evensong Service on April 17th, 2020
Event: Shrove Tuesday dinner celebration, February 25th
Dates: May 2nd – June 20th 2020
Service: Choristers Awards Ceremony and celebration party, June 20th
St. Matthews Christmas morning service with Invitational Christmas Choir (all ages)
Twelfth Night Celebration – dinner, carols, and readings to commemorate the conclusion of the 12 Days of Christmas
If you plan to attend this Saturday, please arrive early to fill out the necessary paperwork.