St. Paul’s Choir School gives singers from first through twelfth grades an outstanding musical education through regular study and performance. Each week members have opportunities for meeting challenges in a loving, team-oriented environment, and the privilege and responsibility of leading public worship. Through a structured incentives program modeled on the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life training scheme, our singers learn to appreciate the value of achieving short and long range goals individually and collectively. Singers are exposed to the greatest works of sacred music. Concerts, choir festivals, and travel are a regular part of the program as well.
Voice For Life is a graded program with informal assessments at each level, which offers instruction in the following areas:
- Using the voice well
- Musical skills and understanding
- Belonging to the choir
- Choir in context
Ribbons and medals are awarded for the completion of each stage of the program. The awards ceremony takes place each May at the Choir Appreciation dinner, to which all choir members, from Novices through Adults, and family members are invited.
In addition to regular weekly instruction, choir members can participate in regular RSCM training courses. In recent years, our singers have traveled to a number of different cities, including, most recently, Columbia, SC, for courses. More information about the RSCM courses, including an excellent video, can be found here.