Saint Mark's Cathedral Choir School • 2023/24

Inviting young people to life-long growth as musicians,
as liturgical leaders, and as beloved children of God.


Why do we sing?

We make known the love of God and the beauty of God’s creation through song, learned from many cultures and many faith traditions.

Saint Mark’s Choir School singers are ministers of music. We aspire to teach, to learn, to inspire and to lead the varied communities of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, the Diocese of Olympia, and the city of Seattle through our work as liturgical ministers. All children are welcome in Saint Mark's Choir School.


What curriculum do we use?

Saint Mark’s is a member of the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCM). The curriculum, based on RSCM’s Voice for Life, emphasizes well-rounded musicianship as well as life long growth in music and faith; vocal and ear training as well as theoretical knowledge; and ministry through liturgical leadership and community service.

UPDATE: The Choir School also offers introductory Class Piano to children ages 5–8 on Wednesday afternoons, 4:30–5:15 p.m., September 20–November 15, 2023. Tuition is $200 for the 8 classes. Junior Choristers can go from rehearsal directly to Piano Class. We hope to offer this again in the future.

How does my child join?

  • Enrollment: Enroll your child using the online Choir School Registration Form. Enrollment is welcomed in September and January -- occasionally mid-year start dates will be determined by the Choir School staff. Please email us with questions: choirschool@saintmarks.org
  • Rehearsal: Almost all the choirs of the Choir School now rehearse on Wednesday (with the exception of the Junior Chorister Thursday rehearsal option). Choir School families are encouraged to attend the community dinner at 6 p.m. in Bloedel hall ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family). Adult family members may wish to attend the educational forum which follows dinner, 6:45–8:15 p.m.
  • Calendars: View the Google Calendar here. View and download pdfs of the schedules here:
  • Tuition: Tuition will be $200/semester for each chorister and can be paid through the cathedral website here. Scroll down to "Choir School Tuition" line. If tuition is a hardship for your family at this time, we can offer partial or full scholarships due to the generosity of some of our other families. Don't hesitate to ask. We want your children to sing!
  • Registration form: HERE

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Choir School Open Houses

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, in the Choir School rooms in the St. Nicholas Bldg, 2nd floor (for times, see below)

The Choir School will be holding open houses for those interested in any of the children/youth choirs on Wednesday, January 17.

  • Jr. Choristers (Ages 5–3rd grade): 3:30 –4:15 p.m.
  • Sr. Choristers (4th–8th grade): 4:30–6 p.m.
  • Schola (9th–12th grades, and younger changed voice tenors/basses): 7:30–8:45 p.m.

If you have a child, or know of a child, who might be interested in checking out the Choir School, this is a fun way to get a taste of the rhythms, community, and music making of the program. The open house takes place in the Choir School rehearsal space on the 2nd floor of the St. Nicholas building. For more information, contact Choir School Director Rebekah Gilmore at: rgilmore@saintmarks.org

Who are Saint Mark's Choristers?

Junior Choristers

Boys and girls, 5 years and older, beginner level
Rehearsals:

  • OPTION 1, Wednesdays 3:30–4:15 p.m.
  • OPTION 2, Thursday, 4:30–5:15 p.m.

Our youngest choir, where singers learn basic musicianship skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Their music is drawn from a variety of cultures and sung in a variety of languages. They sing primarily at the 9 a.m. Sunday morning service, usually on the first Sunday of the month.

Senior Choristers

Boys and girls, intermediate level, determined by director
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 4:30–6 p.m.

Members receive small group instruction in musicianship, vocal technique, and liturgical ministry. This choir sings at the 9 a.m. Sunday morning services about twice a month, usually the first and third Sunday of the month.

Cathedral Schola

High school aged youth and changed-voice boys
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 7:20–8:45 p.m.

Members are expected to lead the Choir School in behavior and bearing, and receive advanced small group instruction in musicianship, vocal technique and liturgical ministry. This choir sings at the 9 a.m. Sunday Eucharist twice each month, usually the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Special events include: tours to local Parishes, Pentecost Run/Ride/Roll, coaching from regional and international choral ensembles, and more.

Evensong Choristers

Selected Senior Choristers and Schola members, by invitation
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Our most advanced Senior Choristers and Schola members will be evaluated and invited to join this group to sing Evensong Services along with auditioned adult choir members. Membership in the Senior Chorister choir or the Schola is required to be considered for the Evensong Choir. Learn more about the Evensong Choir here.