OLP Choristers has become a vital part of the growing Music Ministry of Presentation Parish. As the children grow they are transitioned from Elementary School to Middle School and finally to Parish Choir. OLP Choristers receive singing and musical instruction they are able to carry with them for the rest of their lives.
What is Choristers?
Choristers is a long standing choral tradition in the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches. Choristers simply put are a children’s choir. Typically, Choristers is made up of children who have the gift of singing and are trained to excel in the musical art of song for the purpose of worship.
To train young singers to use their natural and spiritual gifts as Cantors and Choristers for the worship of God.
Having the gift to sing is the starting point for any singer. Singers will learn musical and vocal skills necessary to serve as a Cantor and Chorister;
Cantors are selected from the singers who demonstrate the skill level needed to lead the Assembly. First time Cantors are paired with a skilled Cantor.
Singers in the third grade will be learning all of the basic skills to be a Cantor in their first semester; however, a singer does not have to be Cantor.
Choristers is open to children in the Third through Eighth grades who have the ability to sing. After the New Year, Second Graders are invited to join.
All OLP Chorister rehearsals begin in the Cooper Room. Rehearsal times are:
Monday: 7:15-8:00 Middle School
Tuesday: 3:15-4:30 Elementary
Wednesday: 7:15-8:00 Middle School
Thursday: 3:15-4:30 Schola Canticum
OLP Choristers uses a team model regarding practices and follows the policies established by the OLP School Board and Diocese of KC-St.Joseph regarding extra-curricular activities. Singers must attend regular rehearsals to be eligible to Cantor. Missed rehearsals will mean missed opportunities to Cantor.
Schola Canticum is an advanced choral group comprised of singers who have a strong interest in the gift of song; already possess musical skills and abilities; and is a member of either Elementary or Middle School Choristers. Because vocal talent develops at various times in children, this group is made up of children ranging in age from 8 to 14.