Registration is now open to new members until the end of February. We would love to welcome your singers! We meet on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30 PM in room B-22. Basement - far corner of the building past the nursery and play area.
We sing hymns, classical and folk rounds, short silly songs, and work together to prepare for worship. We also learn about how music works, and how we can build our church community through this ministry.
All kids ages 8-14 are encouraged to give youth choir a try. The youth choir sings two Sundays per month until June, both with the adult choir and as their own group. To register your child, simply fill out the online registration form and begin coming to rehearsal.
The young people of St. Paul ’s Choir School aspire to learn, to lead, and to inspire through their work as liturgical ministers. The curriculum emphasizes well -rounded musicianship along with lifelong growth in music and faith; music theory along with vocal and ear training; and ministry through liturgical leadership and community service.
The vision for a Choir School at St. Paul’s is to enable a systematic, long-term investment in young people, beginning at approximately the third grade level (when students are reading and writing proficiently), and continuing through high school. The Choir School will recruit from within the St. Paul’s membership (beginning with a minimum of 8 students), and then expand into the community (maximum 40 students) as we have capacity.
The Choir School will provide musical education and chorister workbooks with training in musical theory, music history, sight-singing, voice training, leading worship and choral performance. Children and youth from the Choir School will lead worship once per month, strengthening the worship, social and educational life of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Benefits to Children & Families Children and youth will emerge from this experience with greater knowledge of their spiritual depth, deep love for fine arts, enhanced self-confidence, enhanced overall intelligence and learning ability, enhanced ability to work collaboratively with others toward satisfying goals, all while having a great deal of fun.
According to a recent study, 71% of children and youth will become more self-confident; 70% will exhibit greater self-discipline; 69% will improve their memory skills; and most will receive significantly better grades in school and be better participants in group activities than children who do not sing in a choir (The Chorus Impact Study: How Children, Adults, and Communities Benefit from Choruses; ww.chorusamerica.org /publications/research-reports/chorus-impact-study).
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) was founded in England in 1927 by Sir Sydney Nicholson, organist of Westminster Abbey. Originally called the School of English Church Music (SECM), the organization consisted of a training college for church musicians (called the College of St. Nicolas) and an association of affiliated churches committed to attaining high standards of musical performance. The operation of the college was suspended during World War II and reopened as the Royal School of Church Music in 1945 at Canterbury Cathedral. The College of St. Nicolas was closed in 1974. Thereafter, RSCM directed its focus to short courses and to developing “regional” affiliates worldwide run by voluntary committees. The RSCM has grown to become an international and ecumenical organization, with more than 11,000 affiliates in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria and throughout Europe.
To learn more, visit http://www.rscmamerica.org/.
Volunteers are needed to help prepare meals, organize choir robes, and more. If you're interested in supporting the program, please sign up to help with meals here, or speak with Wade.