The Basilica of Saint Mary Announces a Choir School for Children


GENERAL OVERVIEW

The Saint Gregory Children’s Choir School is a 4-year program of comprehensive musical training and immersion into the Catholic choral tradition. Over the course of the program, students will learn to read music fluently and sing with confidence everything from Gregorian chant to modern compositions. Students will also learn music theory according the curriculum of the Royal College of Music in Toronto.

Each year students will increasingly participate in the liturgical life of the Basilica as well as sing for concerts and other parish events. Plans for a choral trip will be developed.

Enrollment is open to any Catholic boy or girl, ages 8-12. Children do not need to be a student at the Basilica School of Saint Mary or a parishioner at the Basilica. No prior musical training is required.

Practices are twice per week from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays and from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. For our inaugural year, there will be open enrollment for the months of September and October.

CLASS SCHEDULE

The program begins on Thursday, September 30, and includes the following dates:

SEPTEMBER 30

OCTOBER 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

NOVEMBER 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20

DECEMBER 2, 4, 9, 11

JANUARY 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29

FEBRUARY 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

MARCH 3,5, *6 (Mass for 1st Sunday of Lent), 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31

APRIL 2, 7, 9, 21, 23, 28, 30

MAY 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28

JUNE 2, 4, *5 (Mass for Pentecost), 9, 11

COST

The program cost is $1,000/yr. Payments can be made monthly or for the entire year.

CONTACT

Contact David Elliott, [email protected], Director of Music at the Basilica, for questions and enrollment forms.

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