The Choir of Men and Boys S I N C E 19 0 6
Choir History Boys’ choirs have existed for as many as 2000 years. Grace Cathedral has had a men’s choir since 1906, and boys’ voices were added over 100 years ago—in 1913. The centuries-old Anglican tradition of a men and boys choir has blossomed here, and our choir remains one of a handful that still exist in the United States. The Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys is typically comprised of 12 choirmen and 24 choristers. The boys of the choir are all students at Cathedral School for Boys. The choir men are a professional ensemble that sings with the boys as well as at additional Grace Cathedral services. Most sing with other professional groups, and a few are CSB alumni.
What Choristers Experience Choristers learn to read music and study music theory and music history. While this may seem daunting to non-musicians, it is presented to the boys in a manner that is challenging but achievable, and fun while being at a very sophisticated level of music education. The level of education choristers receive is high- school to college level. Because of the skills and dedication required for choir, choristers are highly sought-after by high schools. As a member of the choir, boys are an integral part of the life of the cathedral, singing two services a week, singing to a packed cathedral at Christmas and Easter services, and performing in the Christmas Concerts, where over 10,000 people come to hear the choir each year. In addition, choristers sing for recording projects, perform for thousands on international tours, sing the National Anthem for the Giants, sing with guest artists, and sing for major civic functions.
Choir Camp Choir Camp is universally one of the choristers’ favorite choir activities. The camp is held at the beautiful Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg (www.bishopsranch.org) for one week in mid-August. Camp is critical to prepare the choir for the upcoming year and build camaraderie amongst the boys, so attendance is required.
Boys’ time at camp is split between their music practice and recreational activities such as swimming, art projects and campfire fun. Fresh, healthy, and delicious food is eagerly enjoyed by the boys and staff. The camp counselors are all choir alumni, and serve as mentors to their successors this week.
School Scholarships All choristers are awarded school scholarships that are deducted automatically from CSB tuition. The scholarship amounts range by grade—they start small and by eighth grade are fairly substantial.
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