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.


What does a virtual 2020-21 look like?

The Choir School plan for rehearsals and activities continues to be informed by state health Coronavirus recommendations, the cathedral safety and re-opening approach, and the latest research into the role of vocalization and aerosols in the spread of the virus.

Our Choir School season will begin online this fall using Zoom and will continue in this fashion until it is deemed safe to gather in person. Choristers will also be creating monthly offerings of virtual choir videos to be used in livestreamed worship services.

Our online, weekly rehearsals will have the following elements to further your child's training:

  • music theory
  • ear training
  • vocal training
  • choral repertoire and listening
  • camaraderie
  • liturgical knowledge
  • faith building

ZOOM REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

Juniors: Tuesdays 4-4:30PM

Seniors: Wednesdays 4-4:45PM

Schola: Wednesdays 7-8PM

 

We invite Junior and Senior age choristers to join us for fall 2020!


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

Tuition: No tuition will be charged for the Choir School online classes at this time. Instead, we appreciate pledging or donations in order to sustain the programming and staffing of the cathedral.

Calendar: You may access the Google Calendars here.

 

Who are Saint Mark's Choristers?

Junior Choristers

Boys and girls, 5 years and older, beginner level
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 4-4:30pm via Zoom

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 Sunday morning services about once a month.

Senior Choristers

Boys and girls, intermediate level, determined by director
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 4-4:45pm, via Zoom

This choir sings at Sunday morning services about twice a month. Members receive small group instruction in musicianship, vocal technique, and liturgical ministry. They also participate in special events and services such as the annual Pageant of the Nativity and Palm Sunday.

Cathedral Schola

High school aged youth and changed-voice boys
Rehearsals: Wednesdays from 7p.m.- 8:30 p.m., via Zoom

This choir sings at Sunday Eucharists once each month. 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. Special events include: Children’s Choir Festival, Tours to local Parishes, Pentecost Run/Ride at Greenlake, and more.

Evensong Senior Choristers

Rehearsals: currently on hiatus 

Our most advanced Senior Choristers will be evaluated and invited to join this group to sing with the Cathedral Schola and adults for Evensong Services. Membership in the Senior Chorister choir is required to be considered for the Evensong Choir.