Saint Michael Choristers
About the Saint Michael Chorister Program
The Saint Michael Chorister Program continues on a journey of excellence, having been modeled after the English Cathedral and College Tradition. Training at the highest level, our program currently comprises boys and girls in grades 3 to 8. The new Cherub Choir is an introductory choir for children age 4 through Grade 2.
Saint Michael Choristers rehearse on Wednesday (with make-up rehearsal time available on Tuesday and Thursday) and sing for the 9:00 Sunday Eucharist in the church. Modeled after the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) and English cathedrals, choristers receive a high level of training in singing, music theory, and music history. They not only participate at the heart of worship, learn about our faith, and receive professional level music instruction, they also experience growth on many other levels, including socially, verbally, and academically. It's also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends! Choristers also enjoy regular fun outings like caroling and ice skating in the winter.
Much in the English cathedral and collegiate tradition, choristers sing at this service alongside our staff singers who are present to aid congregational singing and provide voices for the lower choral parts (alto, tenor, bass). In this style, the choristers themselves sing the soprano (highest) part and at a level commensurate with the professional singers on the other parts.
Called "ribbon training" because choristers ultimately earn medals to wear liturgically over their cassock and surplice to indicate their level of achievement, our RSCM-based curriculum has been custom made in house by our music staff to not only provide choristers with vocal and musical education taking them from the basics of reading music through freshman college-level music theory, but also training and accomplishment in leadership, responsibility, and faith formation. A hallmark of the manner of chorister training we use, choristers typically experience not only a social environment of new friends, but also greater ability to focus, higher self-confidence, and more advanced critical thinking skills enabling them to further excel academically, socially, and personally.
For more information, contact Julia Dietz Beckel, Music Administrator ([email protected] or 214-363-5471 ext. 226). No music background is necessary, but new choristers and their parent(s) first need to meet with our music staff to be placed in the ensemble.