Our Christmas week celebration begins with a stunning virtual concert that is a favorited Trinity event each holiday season: the Trinity Youth Chorus performs Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Let these beautiful voices bring you comfort and light as you begin this joyous holiday week.
Don’t forget to turn your radio to 105.9FM @WQXR Dec. 23 at 8pm EST and Christmas Eve at 6pm EST to hear our Youth Chorus on the radio!
The Trinity Youth Chorus brings together talented youth ages 5 to 18 from the five boroughs of New York City. Choristers receive individual and group training in vocal technique, music theory, sight-reading, and performance skills from a group of dedicated professionals led by Melissa Attebury, Trinity Church Wall Street’s associate director of music.
The choristers provide musical leadership at Sunday services alongside The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and offer concerts throughout the season, often performing with Trinity’s professional ensembles. Recent highlights include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, a fully staged production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, Ellen Reid’s Winter’s Child at the Prototype Festival, Ginastera’s Turbae ad Passionem Gregorianam and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at Carnegie Hall, and Britten’s War Requiem with the Queens College Choral Society. Recording projects include Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5 and Lisa Bielawa’s My Outstretched Hand with The San Francisco Girls Chorus and The Knights.
The Trinity Youth Chorus is featured in the films Love is Strange and Doubt, as well as Lisa Bielawa’s made-for-TV opera Vireo; hassung backup for Josh Groban, the Rolling Stones, and Bobby McFerrin; and has been heard on Public Radio International and CBS’s The Early Show.
2020 Virtual Instruction
Trinity’s music education program will remain online for the 20-21 season. During this time of distance learning, choristers will continue to master foundational skills including sight-singing, ear training, theory, keyboard, and vocal technique. This season, members of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street will join our exceptional faculty of professional educators and performers who bring a depth of experience and passion to their teaching artistry. Choristers will be given the opportunity for individual or small group lessons as supplemental instruction to our weekly online chorister rehearsals. In addition, choristers will continue to study new repertoire and will learn technology to record this music for Virtual Family Worship, as well as create online concerts for Comfort at One.
Live music making will always be at the heart of the Trinity Youth Chorus program, and we view this time as a unique opportunity to provide students with increased individual attention and a more in-depth focus on musicianship. Strengthening these skills will create a strong foundation for making music as an ensemble when we are able to gather safely in person.
Join the Chorus
Peppercorn and Junior Choristers (Grades K-5)
We welcome all young people enrolled in grades K-5, regardless of their musical experience or background, into our Peppercorn (grades K-2) and Junior (grades 3-5) training choirs. We’re looking for mature students with an interest in singing and the commitment to attend weekly rehearsals and sing for the 9:15am service at St. Paul’s Chapel approximately once per month. Please contact Anne Damassa Graff (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information about availability and enrollment.
Senior Choristers (Grades 6-12)
Entrance into Senior Choristers is by audition. At the audition, the director will evaluate each student’s singing ability, understanding of music theory, and sight-singing skills, followed by a written music theory assessment. Students may prepare a short song to present, but it is not a requirement. A weekly music lab is offered for students (those who are accepted to the choir and those who are not) who require additional instruction in sight-singing/music theory. Auditions are offered throughout the year; to make an appointment, please fill out the form below and you’ll be contacted to schedule an audition. If you have questions about Senior Choristers, email email@example.com.
Schola Choristers (Grades 9-12)
Eligible Senior Choristers are invited by the director to audition for Schola Choristers. Choristers must demonstrate advanced vocal technique, theory and sight-singing skills, and a commitment to attending additional rehearsals and performances.
Rehearsal Times for 2020-2021 Season
- Peppercorns (Grades K-2): Thursdays 3:15-4:00pm, online
- Junior Choristers (Grades 3-5): Thursdays 4-4:45pm, online
- Senior Choristers (Grades 6-12): Wednesdays 4-5pm, online
- Schola Choristers (Grades 9-12): Thursdays 4:45-5:45pm, online
- Music Lab (Grades 3-12): Tuesdays, specific time TBA, online
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.