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 to High 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;
Teaching the fundamentals of singing – breath control, vocal
exercises, diction (enunciation and pronunciation), phonating vocal sounds, ear training (aural learning), and projecting sound
¨ Teaching the basics of reading music – note & rest values, dynamic markings, tempo markings,
¨ Teaching Cantor skills – introducing hymns, leading Responsive Psalms and Mass Acclamations
¨ Teaching the importance of singing in the liturgy
¨ Sensitivity will be given to the changing voice – especially for boys as they mature
Understanding the reasons for the various Liturgical Seasons of the Church.
Learning the Biblical stories and understanding God’s plan for our Salvation.
Hymnology – learning the purpose and reasons for the songs, carols and hymns sung in church.
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 and are scheduled throughout the Parish School Day and Wednesday evenings.
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.