Welcome to Saint Thomas Choir School. Surrounded by all the modern bustle in midtown Manhattan, we continue a centuries-old tradition: singing in a boy choir. Saint Thomas Choir School is one of only three schools of its kind in the world, and the only one in the United States.
As an intimate-sized school for grades 3-8 with a challenging academic program, we offer a wealth of extra-curricular enrichment and a talented faculty. Together we work hard to create a warm and nurturing environment for our students.
In a recent article about the Choir School in the New York Times, Corrina da Fonseca-Wollheim wrote:
"On a recent Tuesday morning, the British conductor Daniel Hyde led a group of choristers from the Saint Thomas Choir School in Midtown Manhattan through a vocal warm-up of scales and liturgical parts sung in nonsense syllables.
The boys, who ranged in age from 7 to 13, are part of the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys: the only such ensemble in the United States that has its own boarding school — much like Westminster Abbey in London — to link high musical standards to the preservation of a centuries-old tradition of Anglican liturgy. In residence at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, the choristers typically sing upward of 20 hours a week, participating in services, weekday evensong and concerts.
Dylan Cranston, a 13-year-old from Connecticut who will graduate at the end of this year, counts among the highlights of his time at Saint Thomas a recent concert, a tribute to John Scott, in which he sang under the baton of Simon Rattle. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said."
The Choir School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and belongs to the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and the Parents League of New York.