Cathedral Choir School

Ensembles

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Safe Environment

The Cathedral of the Immaculate
Conception is committed to providing a
safe environment for all persons involved
in any ministry, especially children.  All adults participating in the Cathedral’s
Music Program are required to complete Virtus Safe Environment training, offered through the Diocese of Albany.  For more information, visit:
www.rcda.org/virtus_program.html

Ensembles
The Training Choir K-2 (“Troubadours”)

The Training Choir (“Troubadours”) is open to boys and girls in Kindergarten through Second Grade.  Choristers in the Third Grade may also benefit from participation in the Training Choir at the discretion of the Director.

This introductory choir provides instruction in the basics of healthy singing (using a natural singing tone) and music theory.  Rehearsals include a variety of repertoire from sacred music of the Cathedral to folk songs and singing games.  The choristers are provided with an age appropriate introduction to choral singing and Cathedral etiquette.

 The Training Choir rehearses once weekly and sings approximately once per month during the 11am Mass at the Cathedral.

         Rehearsals:    Wednesdays 3:45pm – 4:45pm

         Services:        11am Sunday Mass, approximately once per month

Parents and guardians should be able to commit to bringing the child(ren) to all scheduled rehearsals and services throughout the year.  Children should have an interest in singing, or willingness to try and the ability to follow simple directions.  Families are invited to meet with Dr. Gurley and Mrs. Reno to discuss enrolling their child(ren) in the Training Choir.  We welcome enrollment throughout the year, and often a trial or observation week may be arranged.

Registration fee for the year is $100/child and may be structured over regular payments.  If paid in full at the beginning of the year, the fee is reduced to $90.  The registration fee covers basic costs of the Training Choir, including the purchase of music and a navy blue Choir School polo.  Need-based scholarships are available.  No child will be turned away.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Choir (Grades 3-6)

The Boys’ and Girls’ Choir is open to boys and girls from Third Grade through Sixth Grade.   Choristers in these choirs develop vocal skills, advanced musicianship (music theory and sight singing), and knowledge of repertoire.  Choristers rehearse both as a group of young people and in combination with the Cathedral (Adult) Choir.  At services, the Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs may sing together, separately, or with another one of the Cathedral’s choirs.

       Rehearsals:    Thursdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm; 7:00pm–7:30pm
(with Adults of the Choir)

**Choristers and their families are welcome to a weekly choir dinner on Thursday evenings, 6:30pm – 7:00pm

       Services:        11am Sunday Mass, bi-weekly

Occasional additional holiday services or concerts as scheduled

Parents and guardians should be able to commit to bringing the child(ren) to all scheduled rehearsals and services throughout the year.  Families are invited to meet with Dr. Gurley to discuss enrolling their child(ren) in the Choir.  Choristers who have not matriculated through the Training Choir will be asked to sing a simple song (“Happy Birthday” or some similar familiar song) and match pitch, in order to assess their musical skills.  Third graders who are new to the program may benefit from membership in the Training Choir to develop basic music skills before joining the Boys’ and Girls’ choir.  If appropriate, this option will be discussed with families.

Registration fee for the year is $450/child and may be structured over regular payments.  If paid in full at the beginning of the year, the fee is reduced to $415.  The registration fee covers basic costs of the Choir, including the purchase of music, a navy blue Choir School polo, a cassock and surplice, and RSCMA medals and ribbons.  Need-based scholarships are available.  No child will be turned away.

The Adult Choir

The Adult Choir provides musical leadership primarily at 11am Mass on Sundays (beginning the week after Labor Day through the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ), Christmas, Holy Week, and at other liturgical observances throughout the year.  Repertoire consists of a wide range of choral music of all periods of the Church’s tradition from Gregorian chant through the 20th century.  Membership in the Choir is open to men and women of high school age and older, following a successful audition and meeting with the Director of Music.  Previous choral experience is encouraged, though not required.  Choristers should be able to read music.  The Adult Choir collaborates regularly with the Boys’ and Girls’ Choir and the Training Choir in an intergenerational environment; all members music complete their Virtus Safe Environment training.  For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Brian Gurley, Cathedral Director of Music and Organist, at 518-463-4447, ext. 7 orbrian.gurley@rcda.org

            Rehearsals:        Thursdays 7:00pm – 9:00pm (with Adults
of the Choir)

**Choristers and their families are welcome to a weekly choir dinner on Thursday evenings, 6:30pm – 7:00pm

            Services:           11am Sunday Mass, weekly

Occasional additional holiday services or concerts as scheduled

Cantors

Cathedral Cantors assist the congregation during Cathedral liturgies, weddings, and funerals.  Cantors are trained singers and must be able to read music.  For more information, or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Brian Gurley, Cathedral Director of Music and Organist, at 518-463-4447, ext. 7 or brian.gurley@rcda.org