After a brief respite following our tour in June to Washington, D.C., the Choir School at St. Peter’s is gearing up for another season of singing. Some of our returning choristers will continue in the same choir in which they were singing last year. Some will be embarking on their first year in a new choir – Town Choir choristers moving to Tour Choir, Tour Choir choristers becoming MasterSingers – and we will welcome many new young singers into the Choir School program.
Each season begins with two intensive singing experiences. This year, the first will be the MasterSingers retreat in Valle Crucis. We carpool up to the mountains on August 10 and spend three days at the Valle Crucis conference center. We spend our time learning the music that we will be singing throughout the fall. As any of the teenagers will tell you, we spend a great deal of time rehearsing! We also find time for fun – for group activities, games, and many opportunities to get to know each and grow as a community. The weekend ends with our singing the morning service at the Church of the Holy Cross.
On August 13, the Town and Tour Choirs will arrive at St. Peter’s for Choir Camp. This five-day camp is designed to take choristers all the way through the process of learning a program of music for both an Evensong and a short concert. We rehearse throughout the day – learning both sacred and secular songs. The children also receive instruction in music theory and play handbells. In the afternoon, various group activities are scheduled. Choristers will do crafts, go bowling and to the park, among other fun activities.
Choir Camp culminates in Evensong and a concert on Friday afternoon. It is always extraordinary how much our young singers can accomplish in the space of a single week. I invite you to come and experience the final performance of camp on August 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
Elizabeth Lenti, Director of Music and Organist, Artistic Director of the Choir School at St. Peter’s