Applying to become a choir boy

St. Paul’s Choir’s School is an academically-excellent, highly selective, Catholic day school for boys grades 4-8 in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.  The challenge the boys experience in choral singing and in their studies help them gain maturity and self-discipline, equipping them to excel as they continue on to prestigious high schools and colleges, and later, in their careers.  Wherever our boys go, each cherishes his memories of singing the world’s great choral music in a beautiful location, with like-minded friends.  The Choir School experience is life changing.

  • The St. Paul’s Choir School choir is modeled on the European tradition of choir schools which support the famous choirs, consisting of both men and boys. Professional singers from Boston’s rich music field sing with the boys on Sundays, and as they perform a daily schedule of liturgical singing, performing in concerts, and engaging in tours and recordings.
  • The Choir performs during the academic year, from mid-September to mid-June, and sings at Mass daily, Tuesday-Sunday.  Additionally, the Choir performs a number of concerts throughout the year at nearby parishes, at weddings and funerals, and in conjunction with other choirs who travel to the Boston area.  In recent years, the Choir has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Lyric Opera, the Vienna Boys Choir, and the Harvard Glee Club, and for audiences in New York, Washington, DC, and at the Vatican.
  • The boys are divided into several groups: The Pre-Choristers (who are in training) in grades four and five, the Choristers, who make up the main Choir and who act as the public face of the Choir School, and the Chorus, which includes former Choristers whose voices are changing and must rest their developing adult voices engage in an extended musical and academic curriculum, as well as students who have always been part of the Chorus.
  • The Chorus Program is a less intensive musical program but with many extra academic enrichment offerings. Chorus members sing regularly throughout the week in leading responses and hymnody at the Masses, while singing their own Mass on first Fridays at 12.10. Chorus Members are also eligible to become Altar Servers, Readers at Mass and undertake many additional leadership opportunities. The Chorus pupils are not required to take part in extra rehearsals and events during the school week, so they can focus more on other activities. Participation in competitive sports outside of SPCS is also more possible for the Chorus program students. There are many benefits to this program, and once the choristers’ voices change they enjoy those benefits as well. Members of the Chorus will also receive academic enrichment that will develop key skills for boys’ high school applications and their possible careers. Assignments and projects from these courses will serve as useful portfolio builders for these students when entering area high schools. Just as the Chorister program develops a robust musical skill set, the Chorus program’s academic enrichment offerings are designed to provide students with alternative skill sets. Each year, two enrichment programs will be offered (Fall and Spring), and may include public speaking and media production.
  • Class size is small, with 12-16 students per grade, so students receive individual attention and are taught to their strengths and enthusiasms, allowing for the achievement of maximum academic success.  Each boy receives a rigorous education in all academic subjects, including mathematics, science, English/language arts, history/social studies, French, Latin, and Religion.  Each boy also conducts an in-depth study of piano and music theory, and is offered the chance to sing in a range of school ensembles.
  • Choir School boys have received admission to prestigious secondary schools, including: Belmont Hill School, Boston College High School, Boston Latin School, Boston University Academy, Catholic Memorial School, Philips Andover Academy, Portsmouth Abbey School, The Roxbury Latin School, St. Sebastian’s School, and Xaverian Brothers High School – many boys receive generous scholarships and financial assistance. Many Choir School alumni continue distinguished academic study at Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Princeton University, The Juilliard School, Yale University and other prestigious colleges and universities.
  • Tuition is $7,100-$7,300 depending on the payment plan.
  • Admission to St. Paul’s Choir School is by audition and then application.  We accept academically able boys with a promising musical ear.  For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Mr. John Robinson, Music Director, at jrobinson@choirschool.net or call (617) 868-8658 x319.

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