Exploring the City
Despite the school’s sheltered and protected environment, the students at the Choir School benefit from growing up with New York City as their backyard. In addition to our proximity to Central Park—and the boundless opportunities for biking, skating, running, and playing that this provides our students—Saint Thomas is located in the cultural and musical heart of New York City, mere steps from attractions such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway, and the Museum of Modern Art.
In addition to planned excursions offered for those boys who stay with the school on weekends >, the school organizes regular outings for all students throughout the school year. Every year, there are annual field trip days on which all of the boys have a chance to do something new in the city, usually connected to something they are currently studying. Examples of recent field trip days include visits to the Cloisters Museum, the Federal Reserve, the Museum of Math, the Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
Throughout the year, the school takes advantages of New York’s rich cultural offerings by arranging for school trips to see Broadway plays and musicals, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, concerts at Carnegie Hall, and a variety of other performances.
The boys perform in a major concert series > at Saint Thomas Church throughout the school year, including the popular Messiah concerts in December, which are usually reviewed by the New York Times.
In addition, the boys participate in a number of special events, including singing with Sting at the annual Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony, and appearances on Good Morning America with Mariah Carey, Madonna, and Idina Menzel.
On the classical front, they have performed the Saint Matthew Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic at the New York City Armory, sang at Carnegie Hall, participated in the BBC Christmas special with Jesse Norman and James Galway, and rang the closing bell of the New York City Stock Exchange, to name a few.