Would you like to…
- Sing all kinds of wonderful music in a magnificent church?
- Make new friends?
- Take trips to places like Boston, New York, and England?
- Spend a week singing at a camp on a beautiful lake?
- Learn to be a better singer and musician?
- Join a fantastic community of children grades 2-12?
If your answer is “yes” to these questions, then the St. Paul’s Chorister Program is for you!
The St. Paul’s Chorister program offers a sound musical education to children from the greater Norwalk community. The Choir is open to all aspiring musicians in grades 2 through 12, regardless of background, religious beliefs, or identity, and is committed to musical excellence, self-discipline, and social development. Choristers rehearse at least twice weekly, and sing most Sundays at the Holy Eucharist at St. Paul’s on the Green, an Episcopal church in Norwalk, CT. The Chorister program offers a musical education that includes music theory, music history, and vocal training. While singing at St. Paul’s Church is an important part of life as a Chorister in Seabury Academy, membership in the Church is not required, and religious belief of any kind is not a prerequisite. All are welcome.
Prior musical experience is not necessary for admission to the choir. Each child looking to join the Choir must, along with a parent or guardian, meet with the Artistic Director for a brief personal interview, followed by a short musical aptitude and ear test. The most important requirement for entrance to the choir is an unwavering commitment of time: steadfast attendance at services and rehearsals.
Joining a Choir requires a rigorous commitment to ensure that all the music is learned, but, more importantly, that a sense of community is established between the singers involved. The main rehearsal day for the Chorister program is Thursday evenings, but other options are possible. Most performances are on Sundays, mornings and/or afternoons.
Camps, Trips, and Special Concerts
The Choristers perform across the Northeast each season. The 2016-17 year featured trips to New York City and Boston, MA for an overnight stay, as well as a performance with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, while the 2017-18 season included performances with the Choirs of West Hartford, CT, and a Choir Festival in Worcester, MA, sung jointly with the Choir of St. Paul’s, Fairfield, CT. The Choristers have traveled to Europe on three occasions.
Choristers attend a week-long Choir Camp in Ivoryton, Connecticut each summer to build community and prepare music for the Choir year. In addition to spending valuable time with one another and rehearsing intensely for the season ahead, there is time for swimming, waterslides, cliff-jumping, campfires, and great food, all at a comfortable, beautiful, fully accredited campground.
Although there is no regular tuition cost to participating in the Chorister program, a program fee is assessed annually to help defray the cost of travel. To help offset the program fee, Chorister families are asked to participate in fundraising events throughout the year. The Chorister program is designed to be available to any child who is willing, alongside their family, to make the commitment of time, participation, and steadfast attendance–regardless of financial status. Scholarships are available for all trips.