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. This training at the highest level, currently comprises boys and girls in grades 3 to 8.
The 2017-18 year saw our choristers rehearsing for Advent, Christmas, and Easter services, alongside concerts with the Men & Boys Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford (UK) and the Girl Choristers of Washington National Cathedral Choir! It has been such a path of excitement, beginning our new chorister program's first year in fall of 2018.
This child-friendly yet intensive program includes not only choir rehearsals but also a comprehensive training program based on the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). We are also fortunate to draw upon the extraordinary heritage at Saint Michael, of the previous Boys Choir, Girls Choir, and preparatory choirs. Choristers now rehearse weekly, have regular make up rehearsals offered, and sing for the Sunday 9:00 Holy Eucharist. 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.
As our music program continues to grow, we anticipate choir opportunities specifically for high schoolers and a new preparatory choir for children in Kindergarten through second grade.