Former graduates and students of St. Paul’s performed Evensong on July 13, 2016 at the Chapel at Eton College in England. The event was broadcast live on BBC radio worldwide!
(pictured l-r): Jack Golden (’14), Atticus Olivet (’14), Theo Why (’14), Ben Lawlor (’14)
We are so proud of these young men as they continue their journeys with music after St. Paul’s.
Congratulations to all who helped to make the Choir School’s 17th annual gala, “Swing into Spring!,” a success. The evening included live and silent auctions, as well as performances by the Choir of Men and Boys and the Alumni Choir. All proceeds benefit the Choir School as they continue to serve the greater Cambridge community in praising God each day at St. Paul’s Church.
Thank you for supporting St. Paul’s Choir School!
“Festival of Lessons and Carols” on Christmas Eve at St. Paul’s
The St. Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys sing at this relatively new tradition at St. Paul’s Church each year on Christmas Eve. The “Festival of Lessons and Carols” is a Christian service consisting of readings from the Old and New Testments interspersed with carols and hymns, and a beautiful way to enter into the Christmas story. We hope you had an opportunity to attend this year! St. Paul’s Music Director John Robinson offers this reflection:
“For many people, Christmas begins with a lone boy’s voice singing ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ in the dark space of a great church, as we await the light of Christmas. First broadcast from King’s College Chapel (Cambridge, UK) in 1928, the now-famous ‘Service of Nine Lessons and Carols’ has become a staple for millions of listeners. St. Paul’s here in Harvard Square began this tradition in 2011, and since then this liturgy has gained in popularity every year. This is a great chance to pray and reflect with the beautiful music of Christmas, as the Choir of Men and Boys sings traditional Christmas carols and hymns.”
Choir Sings at Celebration of the Priesthood Dinner
For the Choristers of the St. Paul’s Choir School, formal appearances are a standard part of the school year schedule, and their first performance of the fall was an auspicious one! The Choir performed two numbers at the 7th annual Celebration of the Priesthood dinner, September 17th at the Seaport World Trade Center. Director of Music John Robinson conducted, and Jonathan Wessler accompanied the choir.
There were 1600 in attendance in support of the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston, giving our choristers a wonderful opportunity to showcase their talents in front of an appreciative audience, many of whom were hearing the Choir for the first time. Proceeds from this event directly benefitted the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust, which funds the health, welfare, and retirement needs of the more than 600 active and senior priests in the Archdiocese of Boston.
(Photos by George Martell, Archdiocese of Boston)
St Paul’s pastor Fr. Michael Drea has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Lescault (Ph.D.) as the new headmaster of St. Paul’s Choir School, filling the position left vacant by the retirement of William McIvor. This appointment comes after an extensive search that yielded many fine candidates, but Dr. Lescault was ultimately the unanimous choice of the search committee.
“Dr. Lescault possesses many fine qualifications as a dedicated scholar and a proven educator, particularly his experience in curriculum, faculty and staff development,” said Fr. Drea. “He also brings with him an enthusiasm as a true man of faith to advance our unique mission as the only Catholic choir school for boys in the United States. I am convinced that our school will continue its remarkable growth with him as headmaster.”
Dr. Lescault was raised in nearby West Roxbury where he graduated from Catholic Memorial School. He earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s and ultimately his doctorate in history at Providence College. Dr. Lescault has had a long and distinguished career in Catholic education, taking leave of Bishop Fenwick High School after 19 years to assume his new position. In addition, he serves as an adjunct faculty member at Providence College, where his daughter Meghan will be a senior in the fall.
Fr. Drea offered special thanks to his partners on the search committee, St. Sebastian’s School headmaster William Burke, and Choir School advisory board members Sharon Gallagher and Paul Haley.
Many thanks to the St. Paul’s Choir School Parent’s Guild, and all the volunteers, staff and sponsors who made this year’s gala such a huge success! William McIvor, Headmaster of the St. Paul’s Choir School, and Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons of AimHigher Recordings were the honorees.
This is Bill’s 5th year as Choir School headmaster, but his 9th altogether at St. Paul’s, as he initially came aboard to help out as a part-time and later full-time instructor. Bill will be embarking on a well-deserved retirement after a long and successful career as both a teacher and administrator. Monica and Kevin were the driving force behind the Choir’s wildly successful Christmas recording, Christmas in Harvard Square. A second recording is now in the plannng stages!
The event, held on May 9th at the Quincy Marriott hotel, featured performances by the Choir and a string quartet from the New England Conservatory, plus a live auction with auctioneer Jim Fagan. Boston television personality (and Choir School advisory board member) Scott Wahle served as master of ceremonies. All proceeds benefit the Choir School in our mission to make this unique education affordable to boys from throughout the Boston area! Thanks to all!