History

Saint Paul’s Choir School was founded in 1963 by Dr. Theodore Marier, an internationally acclaimed scholar of Gregorian chant. Dr. Marier’s vision in founding the school was to revive the centuries-old boy choir tradition in service of Catholic liturgy in the United States. In so doing, he founded a school that combines the three great foundations of Catholic faith, music and education.

His successor, Mr. John Dunn, an educator, choral director, and organist, continued the tradition. Mr. Dunn became the school’s second music director when Dr. Marier retired in 1986 and, as of 1998, he combined the role with that of headmaster. For a time, the school was known as the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School.

Following his retirement in 2010, Mr. Dunn was succeeded as Music Director and Choirmaster by Mr. John Robinson. Mr. Robinson’s entire professional career has been in work with English boys’ choirs, most notably those of St. John’s College Cambridge and Canterbury Cathedral.

The school reached a significant milestone in 2013, with the celebration of its 50th anniversary led by Bishop Peter Uglietto, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Boston, and one of the first students at the Choir School. As part of the celebration of this significant anniversary, the school took the name of Saint Paul’s Choir School once again.

In 2014, the school launched its first international CD recording, Christmas in Harvard Square. In 2015, Father William Kelly, an alumnus of the school, was named the Pastor at Saint Paul Parish. The school has had a tremendous history. We believe the future is even brighter!