At this time Choir School Activities and Rehearsals are continuing as usual. We will follow the current health guideline for area schools—that we remain open and choristers will rehearse and sing as scheduled unless one involved tests positive for coronavirus. We have modified certain aspects of rehearsal, and stepped up cleaning procedures out of an abundance of caution.
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.
How does my child join?
Enrollment: Enroll your child using the online Choir School Registration Form. Enrollment is welcomed in September and January -- ocassionally mid-year start dates will be determined by the Choir School staff. Please email us with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition: $100 per semester; Tuition may be paid online here. Check payments can be made to "Saint Mark's Cathedral" noting Choir School on the memo line.
Scholarships: Tuition should not be a barrier for interested children. For families that find full tuition a hardship at this time, partial scholarships are available. To be considered for scholarship assistance, families are asked to complete the Financial Aid Application Form. The complete form should be submitted to the Scholarship Committee through Madeleine Stephens, Choir School Administrator.
Calendar: You may access calendars for each Choir below in PDF formats. View the Google Calendars here.
Who are Saint Mark's Choristers?
Boys and girls, 5 years and older, beginner level
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. or Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 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 Sunday morning services about once a month.
Boys and girls, intermediate level, determined by director
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 4:45-6 p.m.
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.
High school aged youth and changed-voice boys
Rehearsals: Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
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: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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.