Christ Church Choirs
Christ Church Choir of Boys and The St Cecilia Choir of Girls rehearse and sing as distinct groups. Each choir sings most Sundays of the academic year at one of the morning services or, occasionally, at 5pm services of Choral Evensong.
The choir season ends in June, unless a major trip is planned at the end of the season, and resumes with Choir Camp in August.
On Sundays, and at other choir appearances, the boys’ choir functions as the treble (soprano) part of a full SATB (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) group. This arrangement allows the performance of a wider variety of music than is usual for this age group. A positive musical influence is provided by singing with adult men. This is an invaluable part of the Christ Church musical experience.
The girls’ choir has its own unique identity, and is regarded as one of the finest of its kind in the United States. It has recently commissioned and performed works by the leading British composer Philip Moore, to great acclaim. Occasionally, when repertoire demands, the girls’ choir appears together with the men. This is often true for special services, such as Choral Evensong, or Carols by Candlelight.
Both the boys’ choir and the girls’ choir occasionally join together to function as a group that sings without adults. This is often true if the choirs are singing at events outside of Sunday church services, for example, at weddings or funerals.
Boys and girls do not have to be members of Christ Church, nor of any particular faith, to audition for the choirs. We are looking for young people who have a natural voice and who can clearly sort differences in notes that they hear. Previous musical training or singing experience is not required for audition or membership.
We generally audition boys who will be entering grade 2 as of the fall term and girls who will be entering grade 3 as of the fall term. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis, but priority is given to these age groups.
An audition consists of singing voice patterns, ear tests such as matching pitches given on the piano, and finding pitches in a given chord. No music reading is required, but often a short word reading sample is given to test reading ability.
Anyone with a musical child who is interested in joining the choir is encouraged to contact the music office to arrange an initial audition. Parents are welcome to observe and ask questions at that time. Often, an audition will be arranged in conjunction with a service or rehearsal so that the child can meet other choristers and watch them in action.
The whole process only takes a few minutes, with time for questions afterwards.
Please contact the Director of Music, Jamie Hitel, in the Christ Church Music Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 203-869-6600, ext. 21.
We look forward to hearing from you!