Early on the morning of June 14, the Boys Tour Choir, Girls Tour Choir, and the MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter’s will gather in front of St. Peter’s, ready to embark on their annual summer tour. The staff and chaperones will quickly put everyone to work, loading the buses with suitcases, choir robes, risers, snacks, and all the many things that we will need for a week on the road.
With the bus packed and everyone onboard, we will be on our way. This year, we will sing concerts in Richmond, Falls Church, and Alexandria, Va. We will sing for Sunday worship at St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Burke, Va., where Aaron Goen, my predecessor here in the Assistant position, is now Director of Music. And we will even have the opportunity to sing for Evensong at St. Paul’s K Street in Washington, D.C.
Summer tour is one of the most valuable aspects of the Choir School program. Tour teaches our choristers what they can be at their very best. It is a transformative experience. I’ve seen choristers come back after their first tour with a confidence and maturity that only comes from the experience that tour provides. They’ve accomplished something extraordinary and they know it.
It’s our hope at the Choir School that these experiences are not just something that will serve them in their time in the Choir School. We hope that it is something they will carry with them throughout their lives, that as opportunities and challenges present themselves, they will meet them with the confidence and courage they learn through their experience here.
You can learn more about the Choir School at St. Peter’s and about our summer tour here: thechoirschool.org.
Elizabeth Lenti, Director of Music and Organist