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. 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. This wealth of tradition shapes his hope for the future of the Choir of St. Paul Church, Harvard Square.
With the start of the 2012-2013 academic term, we welcomed the newly-formed grade four. Now in its fourth year, the addition of this early grade is enhancing our overall music and academic program, and giving the boys of this grade level a head start integrating themselves into the unique educational experience that is the St. Paul’s Choir School.