The celebration of beauty is central to the Chapel experience at St. Paul’s. There is singing of course – not only from the hymnbook, but of every sort, from medieval madrigals to gospel to student instrumental solos to performances by faculty bluegrass and rock bands. At the same time, all around you is a world of visual beauty – of intricate stained glass, elaborate carvings in wood and marble, and the flight of a thousand origami cranes above our heads.
The Choirs of St. Paul’s School
Maintaining an important School tradition of excellence for nearly 150 years, the choral program at St. Paul’s School provides a collaborative training ground for nearly 140 young singers to develop vocal and choral technique and to nurture an artistic sense of musicianship. There are three choral ensembles, each enjoying an active performance schedule throughout the school year. Regular run out concerts, services and occasional tours make up an important part of the choirs’ activities. Recent engagements have taken groups to Boston, New York City, South Africa and Cuba, and in March 2014, the Chapel Choir will spend ten days on a tour of England. The repertoire of the choir encompasses a broad range of styles, holding the Western classical canon and other global and contemporary musical expressions in equal esteem. The choirs have worked with guest conductors including Edward Jones, Gary Davison, Paul Halley and Mark Miller and have hosted workshops with groups such as Coralina (Cuban Chamber Choir), Clare College Choir, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sweet Honey in the Rock. They have premiered new works by composers such as Dorothy Papadakos, Robert Powell, Richard Webster, Malcolm Bruno, Augusta Read Thomas '82, along with current members of the faculty, William Fletcher and Nicholas White. Their two most recent CDs, “What Sweeter Music” and “…and the busy world is hushed” are available from the School bookstore or on iTunes, and a new recording is planned for release in Fall 2014.
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.

CONTACT US

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  • Nicholas White 

    Chair of the Arts Department and Director of Chapel Music and Organist
    (603) 229-4645
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  • Mrs. Mary Dolch 

    Associate Director of Chapel Music