The Children's Choirs

The Children’s Choirs

Contact:

Maureen Haley, Director of Children’s Choirs

Meeting Times:

Training Choir (Grades 1-3)
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
September-June

Angel Choir (Grades 3-5)
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 3:15 PM-4:15 PM
September-June

Chorale (Grades 5-8)
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 4:15 PM-5:45 PM
September-June

Participants in the Children’s Choirs rehearse weekly during the school year, and participate in Sunday liturgies, the Christmas Eve Family Mass, the annual Christmas Concerts and the spring Sing and Celebrate! concert. They also participate in other special liturgies and events such as the Pueri Cantores Regional Children’s Choral Festival, MIX IT UP with a visiting Children’s Choir, nursing home visits and the annual choir competition. The Chorale has received the highest ranking at these competitions. The 2020-2021 season will include virtual performances and begins with online training in September.

Children receive training in the art of singing, reading music and the fundamentals of music theory. Through their hard work and dedication, not only will choristers develop a passionate commitment to excellence through the choral art, but they will learn self-discipline, confidence, and the importance of giving back to their church and community through the gift of music. Informal auditions for the 2020-2021 season are ongoing throughout the summer. All the St. Ignatius Loyola Children’s Choirs are directed by Maureen Haley.

Parents have written to me and the children have told me that what they miss most during quarantine is their friends. For those children in our program–who serve their parish each week from September through June–we provide a meeting and a communal purpose as well as musical training. We also provide opportunity to continue serving by delivering livestream and social media musical content.

COVID, Zoom Meetings

Meeting Times:

Wednesday 3:30–4:10 grades 1-4 (online)
Thursday 4:15–5:15 grades 5-8 (online)
Regular season times are different, and can be found below:

Training Choir (Grades 1-3)
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
September-June

This choir is open to younger children (generally grades 1-2) with little or no previous musical experience. Children develop a healthy beginning vocal technique, gain familiarity with the liturgy, and focus on the fundamentals of reading music.

Angel Choir (Grades 3-5)
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 3:15 PM-4:15 PM
September-June

This choir is open to children (generally grades 3-4) who may have at least one year of experience in Training Choir I, or previous musical experience. Children in this choir continue developing healthy vocal technique, music reading skills, and liturgical familiarity.

Middle School Choir (Grades 5-8)
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 4:15 PM-5:45 PM
September-June

This choir is open to 5th-8th graders (boys must have unchanged voices) who have previous music experience and exhibit the maturity required for a longer, more demanding rehearsal. Highlights of past seasons include performances for the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, a world premiere opera, a commercial, and televised appearances.

Our payment/registration/blog/Facebook/Twitter links are for members. Here is a link to our public Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/St-Ignatius-Loyola-Childrens-Choir-1964503977113524/