Cathedral Choir School

2019 Treble Festival

St. James Cathedral is welcoming Bruce Neswick to lead the first annual Treble Festival on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Bruce is one of the leading musicians in the Episcopal Church and brilliantly trains young singers.

You and your choristers are invited to join this enriching experience. The festival is open to girls and boys in grades 3 – 12 who sing treble. The choristers will sing evensong with the professional altos, tenors, and basses from the St. James Cathedral Choir. All choirmasters are welcome to observe rehearsals. Bruce will also lead a masterclass in hymn-playing at St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 16

  • Welcome from 9:30 – 10 a.m.
  • Rehearse from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Lunch and fellowship from 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Rehearse from 1 – 3 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17

  • Rehearse with Cathedral Choir 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Evensong at 4 p.m.


SOWERBY Eternal light
SMITH Preces and Responses (5 voices)
HOGAN Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis “Mt. St. Alban"

All titles are available for purchase through Lois Fyfe Music at (800) 851-9023. 

Travel Information

St. James Cathedral is located at the corner Huron and Wabash in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. Choristers will meet in the Welcome Center of St. James Commons, the office building behind the cathedral. St. James is easily accessible from the CTA Red Line and 145, 146, 147, and 151 busses. While the Cathedral does not have a parking lot, parking is available at Ohio Ontario Self Park (33 W Ontario) for $9 on Saturday, and the ROW Parking Garage (50 E Ohio Street) for $3 up to 6 hours on Sunday. Please see the desk attendant in the St. James Welcome Center for validation.

Choristers traveling from out of town are eligible for a discounted rate at the Omni Hotel, next door to St. James Cathedral. Hotel reservations must be made by Jan. 2, 2019 online or by calling 800-THE-OMNI (800-843-6664) and requesting a room in the "St. James Treble Festival Room Block."


Each chorister must have the following completed by Feb. 1, 2019:

  • Register online
  • Pay the $15 registration fee by selecting "Treble Festival" fund and adding the chorister(s) name in the memo.
  • by mailing a check to St. James Cathedral, 65 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611 with “Treble Fest” and the chorister name in the memo line.

What To Bring

Each chorister must bring a copy of the music, a black binder or folder, and their choir robe, and black shoes.

St. James Cathedral Choir School

Music transforms children's lives

Young singers have been making music in cathedrals for centuries. Your child can be a part of this distinguished tradition right here in Chicago! In 2017, St. James Cathedral founded the Choir School, creating a warm and supportive community of young musicians and their families. The Choir School is an after-school program that offers children an excellent musical training at no cost financially. 

By exposure to and performance of great music, choristers learn:

  • Musical skills that last a lifetime
  • Teamwork and leadership
  • Patience and discipline
  • Empathy and compassion

Choristers have the opportunity to tour, attend summer choir camp, make recordings, and—of course—sing excellent music.

Becoming a Chorister

Take 30 seconds to fill out this form and a member of the music staff will reach out to answer any questions you might have. Any child entering grades 3 through 8 may join, regardless of religious affiliation. No musical experience is necessary, and there is no tuition. The only requirement is a commitment to the rehearsal and service schedule.

2018/19 Schedule

The choristers rehearse every Wednesday afternoon and sing for one of the Sunday services, starting after Labor Day. 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 at 5:45 p.m., which families are encouraged to attend. Supper follows for choristers and their families.

The Music Institute of Chicago

Choristers are eligible to receive scholarships for music lessons at St. James through the Music Institute of Chicago. MIC is one of the most respected community music schools in the country, offering private music lessons and Suzuki training to students of any age.

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.

Interested? Fill out this form!