Cathedral Choir School

Chorister for a Day

Young singers have been making music in cathedrals for centuries and your child can be a part of this distinguished tradition for a day right here in Chicago! Join these young singers and their families for an evening of making music, friends, and a free meal. Email Director of Music Stephen Buzard if you have any questions.

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 email Director of Music Stephen Buzard and he 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.