Music – Choristers

Fall Term Auditions 2019

Auditions will be held in September for the 2019-2020 academic season.  Watch this space in late August for specific dates and a link to the audition form.

About the Choristers

End of Term Celebration

The Cathedral Choristers is an ensemble of 24 auditioned trebles that rehearse weekly under the direction of Dr. Robin Bier, with the assistance of Nathan Odhner. Modeled after the English cathedral choir tradition, the Choristers program provides young singers with the opportunity to develop all aspects of their musicianship.

Through regular rehearsals, ear training games, group voice lessons, and performances for Church services and special projects, the Choristers learn healthy vocal technique, develop their ear and music reading ability, and build their ensemble skills and choral discipline.  The ensemble is diverse, with singers ranging in age from 3rd to 8th grade; the youngest incoming choristers learn from the more experienced singers, and the older choristers lead by example. The Choristers perform as an independent ensemble, often in two and even three-part harmony, and they also sing with the Adult cathedral and Festival choirs on occasion, a unique opportunity for these young musicians to experience being a part of a full choir and to take part in challenging and complex music.

Dr. Bier in rehearsal.

Director of Choristers Dr. Robin Bier believes that learning to sing well is an invaluable skill for all budding musicians, and that being part of an excellent children’s choir is an experience that will continue to serve the participant for the rest of their life, whether or not they choose to pursue a career in music.

Who can audition?

Girls and boys with un-changed voices in grades 3-8 are welcome to audition.  No prior choral or musical training is required.  Successful auditionees demonstrate a good ear, the potential for a clear, strong voice, positive attitude, and the ability to focus and to learn quickly.

Auditions are held in September, and additional auditions may take place in January if there are any spaces available mid-year.  To learn more and register for an audition, please complete the form linked at the top of this page.

What is the time commitment?

Singing at the Church School Easter service.

The Choristers rehearse and perform during a twelve-week term in the fall, and again in the spring. Rehearsals take place on Thursday afternoons at the cathedral.  Each term the Choristers sing once for each of the four different Sunday morning services offered by the Bryn Athyn Church, and are featured at Thanksgiving, and with the Adult choir at the Choral Vespers services before Christmas and on Good Friday.

Warming up for a showcase performance.

2018-2019 Schedule

12, 14 September – Vocal Interviews for returning choristers
20-21 September – Auditions for New Choristers
Thursday 27 Sept – First rehearsal
Sunday 14 Oct – Performance, Informal Service (Charter Day Weekend)
Sunday 28 Oct – Performance, Young Children’s Service
Sunday 11 Nov – Performance, Cathedral Family Service
Wednesday 21 Nov – Dress rehearsal for Thanksgiving Service
Thursday 22 Nov – Performance, Thanksgiving Service
Saturday 15 Dec – Dress rehearsal for Advent Vespers
Sunday 16 Dec – Performance, Advent Vespers: Handel’s Messiah
Thursday 31 Jan – First rehearsal
Sunday 24 Feb – Performance, Young Children’s Service
Sunday 24 Mar – Performance, Cathedral Adult Service
Sunday 14 Apr – Performance, Informal Service (Palm Sunday)
Sunday 21 Apr – Performance – Cathedral Family Service (Easter Sunday)
Thursday 2 May – Performance, End of Year Concert

With the Festival Choir and orchestra at Christmas.