The St. Paul’s Chorister program offers a safe, welcoming community and an in-depth musical education to children in the greater Norwalk community. The choir is open to all aspiring musicians in grades 2 through 12, regardless of background, religious beliefs, or identity, and is committed to musical excellence, self-discipline, and social development. While singing in the choir of St. Paul’s on the Green is an important part of life as a Chorister in Seabury Academy, membership in the church is not required, and religious belief of any kind is not a prerequisite. All are welcome.
The Chorister program is open to all children, regardless of musical ability. The most important requirement for entrance to the choir is an unwavering commitment of time: steadfast attendance at services and rehearsals. Most rehearsals take place on Thursday afternoons, with most performances falling on Sundays.
The Choristers perform across the northeast each season. The 2016-17 year featured trips to New York City and Boston, MA for an overnight stay, as well as a performance with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, while the 2017-18 season included performances with the Choirs of West Hartford, CT, and a Choir Festival in Worcester, MA, sung jointly with the Choir of St. Paul’s, Fairfield, CT.
Choristers attend a week-long Choir Camp in Ivoryton, Connecticut each summer to build community and prepare music for the Choir year. In addition to spending valuable time with one another and rehearsing intensely for the season ahead, there is time for swimming, waterslides, cliff-jumping, campfires, and great food, all at a comfortable, beautiful, fully accredited campground.
In the summer of 2019, the Choristers will travel with the full choir of St. Paul’s, as well as the choirs of St. John’s, West Hartford, to sing during a week-long residency at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
There is no regular tuition cost to participating in the Chorister program. Activity fees are assessed for all special events and trips, and the Chorister families are asked to participate in fundraising events throughout the year to support defraying those costs. The Chorister program is designed to be available to any child who is willing, alongside their family, to make the commitment of time, participation, and steadfast attendance–regardless of financial status. Scholarships are available for all trips.