The ALL SOULS' CHORISTER PROGRAM is affiliated with the ROYAL SCHOOL OF CHURCH MUSIC (AMERICA) and is a vital part of the choral program of All Souls' Church. It maintains an unwavering commitment to excellence through music education, as well as teaching the value of self-mastery, responsibility, and service.
The program includes music theory instruction, solfège/sight-singing, basic vocal technique, and music and church history. This training program is one of the few of its kind in the San Diego community and introduces young singers to a world of great music.
GENERAL SINGING SCHEDULE
Weekly Thursday Rehearsals: 4-5:30 pm (Choir Room)
Sunday Choral/Family Eucharist (3rd Sunday of each Month): 10:15 am
Evensong (3rd Sunday of the Month: Quarterly): 5 pm
HOW TO JOIN
To schedule an informal audition, please contact the Director of Music & Organist
(Ruben Valenzuela): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extraordinary musical skill or musical background is not a prerequisite to participate in this program; a willingness to work together in a team setting are desired attributes of a successful candidate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a Chorister Program?
A singing program associated with a cathedral or parish in the English tradition. It is a place where girls and boys receive musical instruction, learn teamwork and discipline, and take pride in leading the liturgy.
Does my child need prior musical experience?
All children regardless of musical background are encouraged to participate.
What is the musical curriculum?
This program follows the general outline of the VOICE FOR LIFE curriculum as set forth by the ROYAL SCHOOL OF CHURCH MUSIC. This curriculum emphasizes general musicianship which includes music theory, aural skills, general instruction in sight-singing, basic vocal technique, group teamwork and discipline, and the ongoing work of refining their individual voices as soloists and ensemble singers.
What other guiding principles are the children taught?
Instruction occurs in the broad, accepting, and nurturing environment of the Episcopal Church, which is committed to respecting the dignity of all people.
Do you have to be a member of the Episcopal Church to participate?
No. Children ages 8-18, regardless of faith background, are encouraged to participate.
Who will teach my child?
All rehearsals and services are led by the Director of the Music with help from the Assistant Organist or Organ Scholar.
What is the time commitment?
Rehearsals take place every Thursday 4-5:30 pm. Choristers sing at a Sunday morning choral service once a month, and at a quarterly Evensong. A high level of attendance is vital and prioritized.
Will my child be safe?
All Souls’ Church regards the care and safety of your child very seriously. All Souls’ is certified by the Episcopal Church’s Safeguarding God’s People program.
How much does it cost?
Through generous underwriting, All Souls’ makes it possible for each chorister to participate tuition FREE. Because we value each chorister’s commitment to this program, a chorister receives a monthly monetary stipend, provided they demonstrate responsibility and commitment to the program.
Thursdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m.
A preparatory program for the All Souls' Choristers, comprising boys and girls in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Junior Choristers experience an introduction to music theory, rhythm, pitch, and musicianship geared toward younger elementary students. Through song, games, and movement, children will gain confidence in themselves as performers and will build skills for successful participation in the All Souls' Chorister Program.
For more information, please contact The Reverend Terry Dirbas.
To sign up, please complete our JUNIOR CHORISTERS REGISTRATION FORM.