What is the Chorister Program?
An accelerated after-school singing program formed in the Anglican tradition. It is a place where girls and boys receive substantial musical instruction, experience teamwork, learn discipline, and take pride in leading the liturgy. Choristers will frequently sing side-by-side with adults, thus allowing them to experience music of the highest caliber.
Does my child need prior musical experience?
All children regardless of musical background are encouraged to participate, though prior musical experience is helpful.
What is the musical curriculum?
This program follows the general outline of the VOICE FOR LIFE curriculum as set forth by the Royal School of Church Music. This curriculum emphasizes general musicianship which includes music theory, aural skills, general instruction in sight-reading, basic vocal technique, group teamwork and discipline, and the ongoing work of refining their individual voices as soloists and ensemble singers.
What other guiding principles are the children taught?
Instruction occurs in the broad, accepting, and nurturing environment of the Episcopal Church, which is committed to respecting the dignity of all people.
What guidelines are you following to keep children safe during the pandemic?
The St. Alban's Chorister Program will adhere to Episcopal Diocese of Texas COVID-19 guidelines including placing singers six-feet apart from each other and rehearsing outdoors in a sheltered space that provides ventilation but also shelter from the weather.
Do you have to be a member of the Episcopal Church or Saint Alban's to participate?
No. Children ages 5-17, regardless of faith background, are encouraged to participate. The Saint Alban’s Chorister Program will be advertised to the wider community.
Who will teach my child?
All rehearsals and singing sessions are led by the Director of Music with help from supporting music staff.
What is the time commitment?
Music education is a serious commitment. Rehearsals will take place weekly on Wednesday afternoons. In normal times Choristers sing approximately one Sunday per month, however, in-person worship is currently suspended at St. Alban's due to COVID-19 so all chorister performances will be recorded on Wednesdays for later inclusion in live-streamed services. Due to the frequent nature of performances a high level of attendance is vital and expected.
Will my child be safe?Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church regards the care and safety of your child very seriously. All staff involved with the Choir School will be certified by the Episcopal Church’s Safeguarding God’s Children program.
How much does it cost?
Through fundraising, Music at Saint Alban’s makes it possible for each chorister to participate tuition free. Families are encouraged but not expected to make a donation to the operating expenses of the program.