Saint Mark's Cathedral Choir School

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.


What does the 2021-22 season look like?

We are pleased to welcome choristers back in person this fall! Singers will be masked and rehearsal spaces altered to allow for adequate air circulation and social distancing. We will be able to again make music together.

Below are the Choir School COVID safety policies: 

  1. All adults working with your children will be fully vaccinated. All choristers are encouraged to be vaccinated right now if eligible.
  2. For now, choristers will be rehearsing in the nave, Bloedel Hall, and the adult choir room that all have been tested showing excellent air turnover rates. While the weather and outdoor air quality hold, we will have some activities outside.
  3. Choristers will be masked when singing indoors. We all hate this. It isn't fun to sing in a mask. When we can get the kids outside or spread around the cathedral nave at extreme distance from each other, I will give mask breaks to assist with the discomfort. This is a benefit to having such a large space to utilize for rehearsals. If you have concerns about this practice, please let us know.
  4. If choristers are experiencing any symptoms of illness (fever, chills, diarrhea, coughing, nasal congestion, loss of taste/smell), they MUST remain home. Our screening procedure at the doors of rehearsal will undoubtedly change as cathedral, county, and state safety protocols are modified going through the fall. Examples of screening procedures include symptom questionnaire at check-in or added temperature checks if infection rates climb in King County.

 


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

Calendar: You may access the Google Calendars here.

Tuition: Tuition will be $150/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!

 

Who are Saint Mark's Choristers?

Junior Choristers

Boys and girls, 5 years and older, beginner level
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 4:45-5:30 p.m. or Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:15 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 Sunday morning services about once a month.

Senior Choristers

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

Cathedral Schola

High school aged youth and changed-voice boys
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 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: 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.