Children & Youth
Being a chorister at St. James’ is a wonderful way to experience music across the centuries and reinforce faith-based formation in the church.
Choristers learn healthy singing techniques and musicianship skills through fun and varied activities, including Orff instruments, handchimes and handbells. Rehearsal techniques are planned to engage students at age- and developmentally-appropriate levels, incorporating kinesthetic, visual and auditory learning. The age ranges indicated are a starting point for best social and pedagogical results. We know that scheduling can be difficult; and every family and child is different, so please speak to Loraine if you have any questions.
We want you involved, and everyone is welcome!
Cherub Choir (age 4-5) Tuesdays 3:45-4:15, Primary Room
Children sing for monthly Children’s Eucharist services and learn music basics in an engaging, playful classroom setting. They discover their singing voice, learn to feel rhythm, and refine motor skills and early reading while learning simple songs. Children who have not reached their 4th birthday but will be turning 4 in the fall are welcome to join us.
Primary Choir (age 6-7, 5 by interview) Thursdays 4:00-4:40, Ault Music Room
Children sing twice each month, for monthly Children’s Eucharist and on most third Sundays with the Junior Choir. This group begins music reading skills, choir ensemble basics and continues learning fundamentals in an age-appropriate and fun rehearsal. Thursdays for Families follows at 4:45.
Junior Choir (age 8-10) Tuesdays 4:25-5:40, Ault Music Room
Children sing weekly at the 9:10 Sunday services throughout the school year. They develop increasing choral ability, independence and musicianship while building a sense of community, leadership and responsibility.
Youth Choir (age 11-18) Wednesdays 4:15-5:30, Ault Music Room
Our advancing choristers sing every week at the 9:10 service, and will sing with both the Junior Choir and (adult) Canterbury choirs for most anthems, with an emphasis on multi-part singing and continued vocal technique, particularly for young men with changing voices and young women with growing ranges.