Youth and Children’s Choirs
Music is a wonderful gift from God and a natural expression for children. What better way to glorify God than to give the children the opportunity to play and praise through music. Musical opportunities for youth and children abound at St. David’s.
Our singers give their best to God through their music, the witnessing of their faith and their commitment. Choirs for children three-years-old through twelfth grade rehearse weekly throughout the school year and provide special music for Sunday worship, festival services, and parish events.
In addition to preparing special anthems, the children learn about the music of the church through the singing of hymns and liturgy. As they learn musical concepts through the music they prepare, they are also taught the biblical concepts behind the music. Through singing, playing instruments, and movement, the children learn to give their best to God through their music.
St. David’s is a member of the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCMA) and utilizes its training program, VOICE for LIFE, to award medals and ribbons for different levels of expertise. VOICE for LIFE provides a framework for choral singers to develop their vocal skills, musical understanding, and knowledge of the repertoire. The four levels of ribbons are light blue, dark blue, red, and yellow, with additional advanced levels available if desired.
Cherub Choir: 3 years through 1st grade
Rehearsals: Sunday mornings 10:10-10:30 a.m. (before Sunday School).
Our first rehearsal is the first day of Sunday School in September. All children who attend the 3-year-old through the 1st grade Sunday School classes are in the Cherub Choir. We sing, play instruments, move to music, practice steady beat and solfege (do, re, mi), play early note and rhythm reading games, and learn to follow the director.
Primary Choir: 2nd–3rd grade
Rehearsals: Saturday mornings, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Make-up rehearsal Wednesday 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Through hymn singing, anthems, and musical games we learn solfege (do, re, mi) and how to find the choir voice. We’ll use age appropriate songs in a variety of styles to learn the basics of note, rhythm and lyric reading. The Primary Choir participates (about twice a semester) in the 9:00 a.m. mass, joining the Junior Choir in singing the service music, hymns and a special anthem. They also participate in the various festival services such as Christmas Eve. Our preparation for the RSCM medals begins in this choir and is called a “graded” choir as medals and ribbons will be awarded for increasing levels of expertise. Therefore, commitment and regular attendance at rehearsals is a must!
Junior Choir: 4th–12th grade
Rehearsals: Sunday afternoons 4:00-5:00 p.m. Make-up rehearsal Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday mornings: 8:15 a.m. rehearsal if we sing for the 9:00 a.m. mass.
The Junior Choir is the service choir for the 9:00 a.m. worship service about twice a month. In addition, this choir participates, with the Adult Choir in special worship service, such as Evensong and Lessons & Carols. The singers continue the RSCM curriculum and learn more challenging treble music, to sing in harmony using a variety of musical styles, learn to sing with the “best voice,” and how to follow a director. As we continue as a “graded” choir, commitment and regular attendance at rehearsals and worship services is critical.
Youth Handchime Choir
Members of the Junior/Youth Choir will be given the opportunity to ring handbells and/or chimes to accompany anthems and service music. The only requirement is the ability to count to eight! As the group gains expertise and interest, we can venture into the solo ringing anthems as well!
Saturday Choir School.
We will meet in the choir room Saturday mornings (beginning in October) to work on music theory and singing technique to earn the RSCM ribbons/medals. Light Blue/Dark Blue course work 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Red and Yellow course work 11:15 a.m. to noon.