Saint Michael Choristers (Children and Youth)
About the Saint Michael Chorister Program for Children and Youth
Saint Michael Choristers is a fun, comprehensive music education program for children and youth in 3rd grade through high school. Choristers receive training in singing skills, music theory and music history. They sing both as a separate treble ensemble and are regularly integrated with the Saint Michael Choir (adults) so that they can fully take part in helping lead music during worship services.
"Choristers has added structure, knowledge, and responsibility to my life. As I’ve gotten older my chorister responsibilities have also grown and evolved. I now help the younger kids and teach what I know. It’s also really cool to be around people that have different skills but can work together to make something beautiful." - Layna Girata, Chorister
Being involved in music ministry is an excellent opportunity for discipleship for young people at Saint Michael. Choristers build friendships and enjoy regular social offerings. No music experience is necessary and new children may join at any time during the academic year.
"Our daughter has loved making new friends through the chorister program. As parents, we think it is so important for her to have a strong peer community that is connected to her faith. We love the opportunity for her to make friends from all different schools and backgrounds." - Liz Helfrich, Chorister Parent
Several distinct choirs make up this program: the Cherub Choir, the Treble Choristers, and the Senior Choristers.
Saint Michael Cherub Choir
Start Date: September 6, 2023
Room 24, Cherub Choir Room
Shelby Hendryx, Director of Early Childhood Music
2:45-3:45 p.m.: SMES and PreK-K
4:30-5:30 p.m.: PreK-2nd grade
The Saint Michael Cherub Choir is a fun music exploration time for younger children. Kids are taught the basics of healthy singing, music literacy, and liturgical formation through songs, Bible stories, and crafts. Cherub Choir is for children who are pre-K through 2nd grade. Two sessions are offered each week. The first session is particularly designed for pre-K and kindergarteners and the second session is primarily for kindergarteners through 2nd graders, but your child is welcome at whichever session is most convenient for your family’s schedule. Children who participate in Cherub Choir quickly develop a love for singing and the skills needed to be successful in Saint Michael Choristers and beyond.
Want to understand more about this program or have any questions? Email Shelby Hendryx at [email protected]
The Treble Choristers comprise of girls grades 3-8th, and boys starting in 3rd grade up through their voice change. Treble Choristers rehearse on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and generally sing twice a month at the 9 a.m. Sunday service and special services throughout the liturgical year.
The Senior Choristers is for high school girls and boys whose voices have changed. Senior Choristers rehearse on Wednesday evenings with the Saint Michael Choir from 7-9 p.m. with additional rehearsals on the second Sunday of each month from 1–2:30 p.m. They rehearse and sing alongside the Saint Michael Choir at the 9 a.m. Sunday service and special services throughout the liturgical year.
Want to understand more about this program or have any questions? Email Catherine Hinkley at [email protected].