Three major concerts are given annually, accompanied by an orchestra at the church. The choir tours, both in the United States and abroad, records once each season, and appears with major symphony orchestras. The Saint Thomas Choir was the first American group invited to be the Choir-in-Residence at King’s College, Cambridge; they have concertized and sung services at Westminster Abbey, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Dublin International Festival, and the King’s Lynn Festival, England. Concerts and special services are frequently broadcast nationally and abroad. The choir has recorded both their own repertory of music from the fifteenth century to contemporary works as well as popular songs with such artists as Judy Collins and Carly Simon.
From the resulting demands of such a schedule, the boys acquire a sense of responsibility and self-reliance. They learn how to use their voices in singing, and how to interpret the words and music they sing. While they are taught much about the composers’ techniques and the music’s structure, the choristers also discover themselves as musical personalities. It is a well-known fact that participation in a musical group requires a degree of competitiveness if performance standards are to be at the highest level. For the choir to maintain world-class standards, each chorister must constantly strive for improved vocal, choral and musical skills. When teachers, conductors, and staff work to produce a balance of skill attainment and positive reinforcement, the student benefits from learning, growth, a positive self-image, and an increasing self-confidence.
When the Choir School was founded, the intention was to have a school similar to English Choir Schools so that the music at Saint Thomas Church could be of the highest standard. During the decades since its founding, the Choir School has been dedicated to this purpose. It is especially rewarding to find that in a new millennium and a time which often does not support the arts, specifically church music, the Saint Thomas Choir continues to set the standards which many others seek to achieve.
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