The 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. Seabury Academy and the choristers are in residence at St. Paul’s on the Green, and 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.
Musical experience is not a prerequisite for joining the choir. We ask only for a commitment of time: steadfast attendance at services and rehearsals. Most rehearsals take place on Thursday afternoons, with most performances falling on Sundays.
The choristers travel extensively throughout the academic year. They have been on tour to Boston and Worcester Massachusetts, New York City, and Washington, D.C. in recent years. They frequently perform jointly with other choirs, and with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.
Choristers attend “Choir Camp” every year in Ivoryton, Connecticut to build community and prepare music for the Choir year. In addition to spending time with one another and rehearsing for the season ahead, the choristers have time for swimming, waterslides, cliff-jumping, campfires, and great food, all at a comfortable, beautiful campground.
There is no regular tuition cost to participating in the Chorister program. Fees are requested for all trips, but need-based scholarship is available.
Joining the chorister program is an opportunity for the whole family to be involved. Parents and guardians can chaperone on our trips, and all family members are invited to our frequent choir dinners and special events. The choristers host many fundraising events throughout the year so that all children can join regardless of financial status. We ask that all families participate in these fundraisers to the best of their ability.