The School Choir
Any student with a basic interest and ability in singing is invited to sing in The School Choir, which meets once a week for rehearsal. In addition to elements of basic musicianship and vocal technique, there is a performance once or twice per term. Recently, the entire choir sang Handel’s Zadok The Priest and John Rutter’s Requiem, along with instrumental ensemble, as a concert in honor of St. Cecilia, patron saint of music and musicians. Faculty, staff and their families are also invited to join in this group.
The Chapel Choir
The primary responsibility of the Chapel Choir is to provide music for services in the School’s historic Chapels. Rehearsals take place most days, whether early morning, at lunchtime or during the evening, and each week there are various events for which there is special music to prepare. These can range from Community Worship on Sunday morning, convocations, evensongs, compline services, concerts, and collaborations with other choirs either on or off campus. The Chapel Choir members work regularly with vocal coaches and section leaders, and are encouraged to take voice lessons.
The Madrigal Singers
The Madrigal Singers is a more selective chamber ensemble chosen from The Chapel Choir. They perform a broad spectrum of challenging repertoire. The Madrigal Singers work a rigorous schedule, providing music for the School’s regular Chapel services and concerts. Additionally, they regularly perform away from campus in venues such as Trinity Church, Copley Square in Boston, St. John the Divine in New York City, and Harvard University’s Memorial Church, with whom they have an annual collaboration. Each year, the Madrigals have a two-day retreat where they work with younger singers. This ensemble, numbering 20-24 voices has toured in England, Wales, Canada and Cuba. They can be heard on the aforementioned recordings.