The Choristers are the flagship choral ensemble of the Choir School. They sing the highest part in the Choir of St. Paul’s and have a very busy concert and travel schedule. Boys are Choristers from the day they are ‘invested’ (usually at the end of the 5th grade) until their voices begins to change, at which time they join the Schola Cantorum. This rare combination of emotional, intellectual and vocal maturity in the Choristers allows this group to perform more challenging repertoire, accept public and private engagements, make recordings and serve as the “public face” of music-making at St. Paul Church both at home and farther afield. The Choristers sing each week at 12:10 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (and 5:15 Vespers), Fridays and Sundays at 11:00.
The Probationers are boys who have just entered the Choir School, but not yet been ‘invested.’ They are boys who are literally ‘on probation,’ so that both School and parents can be certain that this is the best place for the boys before officially welcoming them as Choristers at the Investiture ceremony. The Probationers sing some parts each day at Mass, and sing on their own on some Friday mornings at the 8:00 Mass.