Our choir teaches more than just music

Singers in the St. John’s Choir School make music at the highest level, alongside adult singers. The boys and girls have a special opportunity to develop the values of self-esteem, positive attitude, respect, team spirit, discipline, and service to others, all while experiencing the power of music with professional, adult expectations.

By the time of graduation (or advancement into our adult program), singers will have confidence to meet many of the challenges of their future lives. St. John’s church is a beautiful, safe, inspiring place in which to make music and connect with other children and adults.

What Children can Expect

  • The hard work of singing well, and also a lot of fun!
  • Making new friends who are as excited about music as you are.
  • Travel, non-singing activities, and a fantastic choir camp in August, including confidence training, swimming, skits, outdoor fun & more.
  • Learning the world’s greatest choral music in its original form with adult singers, not simplified arrangements for “children’s choir.”
  • A monthly stipend, based on attendance and level of experience. Pay ranges from $12 to $40 per month.
  • Rehearsing one day a week, and singing two Sunday mornings per month.

What Parents can Expect

  • Brain power! The study of music stimulates and often dramatically improves a child’s overall intellectual development and academic performance.
  • A choral education teaches problem solving, spatial reasoning, cooperation and an appreciation or excellence, along with patience.
  • Community. Parents will find themselves part of an extended and vital “choir family” proud of the whole team’s accomplishments.
  • Commitment. As the choir sings every other Sunday, there is considerable flexibility in scheduling other activities including participation in other churches. The most important requirement after formal admission to the choir is an unwavering commitment of time – steadfast attendance at rehearsals and services. Schedules are published online well in advance (see: www.sjparish.net) and families are expected to plan around them. Absences are granted under special circumstances, except on certain days in the life of the church, such as Christmas Eve and Easter, when we need everyone present.

There is no enrollment fee. Costs are paid by the Church, except for choir camp and certain trips, for which financial aid is available. The choir is open to new members each fall, with recruiting in the spring/summer.

If you know a child who may be interested in this experience, please contact us. You’ll be glad you did!

St. John’s Choir School is open to boys and girls age 7 1⁄2 and up (must be able to read), and boys with treble voices.

Visit www.reddoormusic.org/choirschool for more information about how to apply.

St. Francis Day Pet Blessing

  October 2, 2022

In honor of St. Francis’s feast day (which is October 4) pets of all kinds and their owners are invited to a brief outdoor service of blessing and thanksgiving for the gifts of creation and our animal companions. *IF YOU’RE ABLE, PLEASE BRING NEW, UNOPENED PET FOOD TO DONATE TO A LOCAL SHELTER*

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Music at the Red Door: Boyd Meets Girl

  October 14, 2022

Join us for a beautiful chamber music concert on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7:30pm by Boyd Meets Girl, which pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. The duo performs an eclectic and engaging range of repertoire, from the baroque through modern day, including many of their own arrangements.Ms. Metcalf is […]

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Choral Evensong: St. John’s Choir School & Adult Choir

  October 23, 2022

The ancient and beautiful service of Choral Evensong is presented on the fourth Sunday of selected months at St. John’s. Join us on October 23 at 5:00pm for this time of music and worship. Sung by the St. John’s Choir School & Adult Choir; Scott Lamlein, organist/choirmaster. This event is free admission, donations welcome in […]

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