Youth Choir

What do we do? Members of the Youth Choir help to lead the worship at Trinity on the Hill. We do this by singing anthems and songs, by taking part in the liturgy and by helping the congregation with the hymns and psalms. We sing to the best of our ability, with enthusiasm and with the Spirit.

How often do we sing? During the school year (August to May inclusive), members of the Choir sing two anthems or songs each week at the 10:30 am service.  We also sing occasionally at other churches .

When do we rehearse? On Fridays at 5:00 pm in the Choir Room. Younger members (Probationers) finish at 5:45 pm, whilst older members (Choristers) stay until 6:45 pm to learn more challenging music. Practice is followed by fellowship- we go for Chinese, attend football games at Sullivan Field or visit a production at the Smith auditorium.

We warm up on Sunday from 9:00 to 9:30 am (Probationers) or 9:40 am (Choristers) in the Choir Room, before Sunday School.

What do we sing? Anthems and songs by composers ranging from J.S. Bach, Orlando Gibbons, Mozart, the Wesleys and G.F. Händel, to Barry Rose, Malcolm Archer, Ola Gjeilo and other contemporary musicians. We also sing American and European traditional tunes. Often, an easy item will be paired with a more challenging anthem for the more advanced singers.

How old do I have to be? Five years or older, with a reasonable ability to read words. Younger kids (Probationers) are mentored by older members (Choristers). Promotion to Chorister occurs at about age 9-11, and depends on ability to follow the liturgy and mastery of simple musical skills. Our oldest choristers are at High School.

What about more challenging music? The Choristers join the Evensong Choir to sing Choral Evensong (6:00 pm, third Sunday of the month).

Anything else? We are affiliated to RSCM America (www.rscmamerica.org). RSCM helps with training and runs Summer Camps. Every Summer, we take up to twelve of our choristers to a week-long residential course (http://www.kingscollegecourse.com/) at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, PA. There they have the chance to sing in the wonderful acoustics of the Cathedral in the company of 170 other singers from all over the US.  We also sing in other churches (New Mexico, New York, New Jersey, Virginia…) and join in the annual Diocesan Choral Festival at the Cathedral in Albuquerque.

Contact John Singleton, 505-661-2666, j.singleton1@physics.ox.ac.uk