Our first gathering on Thursday, Sept, 14 exceeded our anticipated numbers, and then, our numbers continued to climb! What a fun and enthusiastic group!

Our first gathering on Thursday, Sept, 14 exceeded our anticipated numbers, and then, our numbers continued to climb! What a fun and enthusiastic group!

NEW Youth Chorister Program

 

To view & print the 2017–2018 Chorister Schedule click HERE.

August 2017

We are excited to announce St. John’s new chorister program! This program is offered to all students in grades 3–7 regardless of religious affiliation and at no cost to families. Students will rehearse weekly and participate in one service per month during the 2017–2018 school year.

We aim to provide high-quality music education through choral singing, delivered through the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life materials. These materials provide a robust (but not rigid) structure for developing musicians in a choral setting, with measurable targets and a wealth of tools to accomplish this development. As choristers grow in ability, they progress through various workbooks and learning goals with targets at five ability levels in the categories of vocal production, musical skills and understanding, knowledge of historical and musical contexts, belonging to the choir, and the choir’s role in the church and wider community. It is designed to be adaptable, and it was developed with the understanding that choristers will be of different ages and abilities.

This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in music! Robert Schumann believed that singing in a choir was an essential part of musical training for every musician. There is no audition, but there are certain attendance and behavior expectations. Students will learn by singing hymns and anthems for services.

The chorister program is funded through a grant and with the support of St. John’s Church. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Bob Hansler (Organist/Choir Director) at music@saintjohnswilliamstown.org.