Cathedral Choir School

Now seeking new members!

Space in the Choir School is limited, so do not miss this opportunity for your child to receive a free, world-class musical education! Enquiries may be made by emailing Canon Director of Music Stephen Buzard.


About the Choir School

Young singers have been making music in cathedrals for centuries. Our choristers lead music for one of the Sunday morning services and for Wednesday Evensong each week. The choristers also travel, perform in the community, and sing special services with the St. James Cathedral Choir, one of the finest liturgical ensembles in the city. The choristers and their families are a tight-knit community who support one another, volunteer together, and love to have fun.

Founded in 2017, the St. James Cathedral Choir School provides a free, world-class music education for children in 3rd through 8th grade. In addition to weekly rehearsals, each chorister receives a one-on-one weekly voice lesson and a scholarship toward instrumental lessons offered by the Music Institute of Chicago at St. James. We believe that God's love can be expressed in many ways, so our Choir School is open to families of all faiths or none. This unique educational experience empowers choristers with discipline, musicianship, confidence, and leadership skills to last a lifetime!

If your child is interested in becoming a chorister, please e-mail Canon Director of Music Stephen Buzard.

Regular Schedule

The choristers rehearse every Wednesday afternoon and sing for one of the Sunday services, following the school calendar. On Wednesdays, choristers arrive after school for homework time, music lessons, and other activities. Rehearsals begin at 4:30 p.m. and conclude with a brief service of Evensong at 5:45 p.m. Supper follows for choristers and their families. Additionally, each chorister receives a weekly private or small-group lesson to hone their vocal technique and musical skills.

The Music Institute of Chicago

Choristers are eligible to receive scholarships for music lessons at St. James through the Music Institute of Chicago. The Music Institute leads people toward a lifelong engagement with music through unparalleled teaching, exceptional performances, and valuable service initiatives that educate, inspire, and build strong communities. The Music Institute welcomes more than 1500 students of all ages, levels of experience, or financial means, across eight campus locations, including Chicago. In addition, the Music Institute (pre-pandemic), welcomes thousands of visitors annually for performances, master classes, and special events at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston.

The Royal School of Church Music

The St. James Choir School is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music, which promotes excellence in church music across the globe through its graduated standards, courses, and educational materials.


  Choristers singing Ireland's Ex ore innocentium
Choristers singing Ireland's Ex ore innocentium