Video: Saint Thomas boys’ choir school

Posted Dec 16, 2014

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] In the middle of New York City, young boys attend one of the few remaining professional choir schools in the world. They live, attend school and learn some of the most difficult, beautiful music ever written in the Episcopal/Anglican cathedral choir tradition. They are ordinary boys with extraordinary talent. Hear them sing and see what life is like at this remarkable institution in a new video from the Episcopal Church Office of Mission Communication, Saint Thomas Choir School.

Founded in 1919, Saint Thomas Boys Choir boasts a long history of training world-class musicians and singers while teaching them the basics of reading, writing and ‘rithmatic.

“There is no other school in North America where you can walk in and hear this music,” commented the Rev. Andrew C. Mead, rector emeritus of Saint Thomas.

“Saint Thomas Choir School is a hidden treasure of the Episcopal Church,” noted Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager of Multimedia.  “It’s the only school of its kind in the United States and one of only three in the world.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Ms. Lee Berger says:

    What happens when the boys “age out” or is there an “adult” choir for them to continue their educations and musical training?
    Have always loved a boys choir and am proud that there is an Episcopal school; only wish that small town USA could have such opportunities.

  2. Frogmire Anders von Vondervolt says:

    Not to demean St. Thomas, which is the pre-eminent choir school in this country, but you can also walk in and hear some pretty great music at the choir school at St. Paul’s Harvard Square in Cambridge and at the choir school of the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City. Or at National Cathedral and St. Albans Schools at Washington Cathedral, inter alia.

  3. Jack H Haney says:

    Also Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. There are probably others around.

  4. Bob McCloskey says:

    Yes to the above comments about the USA choir schools. However, to claim “one of the few remaining professional choir schools in the world” is incredibly incorrect. For one thing it overlooks all of the cathedrals in Britain plus a number of large parish choir schools, and most notably university college chapels – such as Kings College, Cambridge whose annual broadcast of the Lessons and Carols this Christmas Eve was shared worldwide via NPR and affiliates of the BBC. I’m not trying to be a stickler but many others have remarked about the careless inaccuracies in ENS releases,

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