The Choirs

The Choir School at St. Peter’s is a nonprofit, non-religious organization that offers music education and choral performance opportunities to talented young men and women from across the Charlotte region. Originally conceived as a boys choir in the classic European tradition, the school has grown to include five distinct choirs whose members range in age from seven to eighteen. 

The Boys Town Choir

Town Choir BoysTypically, boys begin with The Choir School as members of the Boys Town Choir, a training choir for boys who enjoy singing. In the Town Choir, boys begin to develop music and vocal skills, meeting weekly to rehearse, study music theory, and practice performance technique. In addition to musicianship, Town Choir members develop important skills like teamwork and self-discipline as they work together to create one voice from many voices.

The Boys Town Choir meets regularly on Tuesdays during the school year, beginning with Music Theory class at 5:15 and continuing with rehearsal from 6:00 to 7:30.

The Boys Town Choir is directed by Colin Burns.

The Girls Town Choir

girls-townThe Girls Town Choir is a training choir for girls who enjoy singing. In the Tour Choir, girls begin to develop music and vocal skills, study music theory, and practice performance etiquette and technique. They also begin to develop skills like memorization, teamwork, and self-discipline.

The Girls Town Choir meets regularly on Mondays during the school year, beginning with Music Theory class at 5:15 and continuing with rehearsal from 6:00 to 7:30.

The Girls Town Choir is directed by Colin Burns.

The Boys Tour Choir

boys-tourBoys who have completed one level of music theory and demonstrated musical growth and commitment are invited to audition for the Boys Tour Choir. As members of the Tour Choir, boys are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances and to meet all the responsibilities of membership in an advanced choral ensemble.

In the Tour Choir, older boys begin to master advanced vocal skills, music theory, and performance. They study traditional, sacred, and contemporary music and learn to achieve excellence as they practice, prepare, and perform together. Members of the Tour Choirs lead worship and perform in concert at St. Peter’s and throughout the community, as well as on the school’s annual summer tour.

The Boys Tour Choir meets regularly on Tuesdays during the school year, beginning with Music Theory class at 5:15 and continuing with rehearsal from 6:00 to 7:30. Additional Friday rehearsals are occasionally scheduled to give members of the Boys Tour Choir the opportunity to rehearse with other choirs in preparation for concerts.

The Boys Tour Choir is under the direction of The Choir School’s Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti.

The Girls Tour Choir

girls-tourAs girls begin to advance in vocal skills and after they have completed one level of music theory, they are invited to audition for The Girls Tour Choir. Members of the Tour Choir must be committed to their responsibilities as a member of a choral ensemble, which include participation in all rehearsals and performances, memorization outside of class, and leadership and focus in the classroom.

In the Tour Choir, older girls begin to master advanced vocal skills, music theory, and performance. They study traditional, sacred, and contemporary music and learn to achieve excellence as they practice, prepare, and perform together. Members of the Tour Choirs lead worship and perform in concert at St. Peter’s and throughout the community, as well as on the school’s annual summer tour.

The Girls Tour Choir meets regularly on Mondays during the school year, beginning with Music Theory class at 5:15 and continuing with rehearsal from 6:00 to 7:30. Additional Friday rehearsals are scheduled throughout the season to give members of the Girls Tour Choir the opportunity to rehearse with other choirs in preparation for concerts.

The Girls Tour Choir is under the direction of The Choir School’s Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti.

The MasterSingers

mastersingers-groupThe MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter’s are an auditioned mixed-voice ensemble made up of talented teenagers from across the region. In order to successfully enter the Mastersingers, a young person must have advanced knowledge of music theory and the ability to sight sing. MasterSingers meet weekly to refine and expand their performance skills and to prepare a broad repertoire. They learn advanced oral and sight singing skills, master complex material, and expand their knowledge of music history. Members of the MasterSingers ensemble must show a very high level of commitment and maturity, attending all rehearsals and performances and preparing extensively outside of class. MasterSingers serve as mentors and role models for students in The Choir School’s Tour and Town Choirs.

The MasterSingers perform for a wide variety of audiences, lead worship services, and travel each summer to perform in the United States or abroad. The MasterSingers program often provides the foundation of undergraduate and graduate studies in performance, conducting, or music education.

MasterSingers meet regularly during the school year on Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:30. Additional Friday rehearsals are also scheduled throughout the year in preparation for concerts and performances.

The MasterSingers are under the direction of The Choir School Artistic Director Elizabeth Lenti.