Saint Michael Choristers
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About the Saint Michael Chorister Program
Saint Michael Choristers is a fun, comprehensive music education program available to ages 4-18. Modeled after the Royal School of Church Music 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 musical instruction, they also experience growth on many other levels, including socially, verbally, and academically.
This ministry is an excellent opportunity for discipleship for young people in our church. Choristers build friendships and enjoy regular social offerings, both virtually and in-person in small groups. No music background is necessary, but new older choristers and their parent(s) first need to meet with music staff for placement.
Several distinct choirs make up this program: the Cherub Choir, Choir of Boys and Girls, and Choir of Teen Boys and Men. This year, as health policies allow, we are excited to add a community meal on Wednesdays with chorister families. For more information, contact Dr. Meg Harper ([email protected] or 214-363-5471 ext. 279). To register, click one of the buttons below and fill out the information form.
Saint Michael Cherub Choir
Saint Michael Cherub Choir is a music exploration time in which young choristers are taught the basics of healthy singing, music literacy, and liturgical formation through simple songs and hymn singing. This group is for children in grades Pre-K - 2. For the upcoming 2020-2021 year, Cherub Choir programming will continue with a variety of instructional techniques, including one on one virtual instruction, small group opportunities and in-person rehearsals, as possible. If your child loves to sing and you want them to grow into the Saint Michael Chorister program with confidence in their musicianship, then sign up for our Cherub Choir experience.
When we are able to be back in person we will offer two Cherub Choir sessions each week. The first is particularly aimed at PreK-K children and the second at K-2, but your child is welcome at whichever is most convenient for your family. The Cherub Choir will prepare singers for participation in Choristers.
Choir of Boys and Girls
The Choir of Boys and Girls is for boys in grades 3-8 and girls in grades 3-12 who rehearse on Wednesday (with alternate rehearsal times available on Tuesday and Thursday) and sing virtual anthems for the 9:00 Sunday live streamed traditional Eucharist. Rehearsal for the 2020-2021 year will be done with a combination of virtual coachings online and, as possible within our health guidelines, small groups in person and distanced. The Choir of Boys and Girls usually sing with the Choir of Teen Boys and Men with some staff singers to create a full SATB ensemble.
New This Year! Choir of Senior Girls
This year, we are launching a new extension of our Chorister program to high school. The Choir of Senior Girls is for girls in grades 9-12. Their liturgical home will normally remain at the 9 a.m. Sunday service, including taking part in virtual choir anthems aired at our 9 a.m. live webcast service.
New This Year! Choir of Senior Boys and Men
This year, we are launching a new extension of our Chorister program, a choir for teen boys whose voices have changed. We are excited to now be able to offer a full spectrum of choirs for all ages, and particularly to be able to offer our boys a musical opportunity as they move into high school. This choir combines boys in grades 9-12 with men (staff singers and volunteers) who help to provide an example for their changing voices. The Choir of Teen Boys and Men usually sing with the Choir of Boys and Girls and some staff singers to create a full SATB ensemble.