Christ Church Music

Canterbury Choir Tour 2022

July 24 & 25, 2022

Rise and shine came early on Sunday, another beautiful, breezy day. We rehearsed in the Quire, then sang the Eucharist service…

July 23, 2022

Saturday morning was our last rehearsal in the Old Synagogue. After lunch, the choristers had a few hours of free time,…

July 22, 2022

Today the choristers worked hard rehearsing in the morning and they sang beautifully at Evensong. Because it was the Feast of…

July 21, 2022

We started the day with a guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral, where we learned about the beginnings of the Cathedral (over…

July 20, 2022

Today we sang at evensong again. As always, they sounded beautiful! If you missed the livestream, you can still watch a…

July 19, 2022

Yesterday, on the choristers’ day off, their trip to London was scuttled due to a forecast of a high of 105…

July 17-18, 2022

Today we arrived in the UK and settled into King’s College International School. We rehearsed both morning and afternoons in the…

July 16, 2022

We had such an exciting day today: we went on a walking tour all over Canterbury! We learned a lot of…

Christ Church Music is a renowned world-class RSCM-certified church music program. A model of the Anglican choral tradition with a rich history and global reach, we offer six active choirs, concerts, tours, and a vibrant teen scholar program.

Striving to foster and strengthen a lifelong appreciation for music in children and adults, we offer abundant opportunities for singers, instrumentalists, and listeners to get involved. Generations of choristers have found friendship, fun, and a welcoming community through their involvement in the choirs of Christ Church Greenwich.

From enriching liturgy and worship, to supporting congregational services and training musicians, Christ Church Music creates community, develops excellence, serves as a leader and resource for other parishes.

We very much look forward to you joining our community and sharing in the musical life of Christ Church Greenwich. For our latest events, news, and pictures of our choirs, please like our Facebook page.

Hearing is believing,

Jamie Hitel
Director of Music

Since 1934, the choirs of Christ Church Greenwich have been been home to hundreds of girls and boys, providing them with an intelligent appreciation of music and liturgy, and a safe place for friendships and fun. All are welcome; no previous musical experience or religious affiliation is necessary.

We look for a willingness to learn and a desire to work together to achieve common goals. We provide education in vocal technique and music theory, social activities (including sports and international trips), and a small monetary allowance. We very much look forward to you joining our community and sharing in the musical life of Christ Church Greenwich.

Some highlights

2016 | The St. Cecilia Choir of Girls gave a stunning performance of Choral Evensong attended by several hundred organists and choir directors around the country (and beyond) as part of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM) National Conference. Listen here >

2015 | Boy and girl choristers combined for a highly successful tour of England, where they spent a week singing services at Bristol Cathedral, as well as singing at Westminster Abbey and touring significant historical sites.

Our Choirs:

St. Nicholas Choir

The St. Nicholas Choir is open to all children from Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. Our mission is to engender a love of singing, and to learn about the bible. Our rehearsals are full of joy, and we love to dance! We rehearse weekly on Thursdays from 4 – 4:30 pm in the Family Room, and sing approximately once a month at the family service.

Choir of Men & Boys

Founded in 1934, the Choir of Men and Boys serves as the principal choir for the 11am service each Sunday. The choir consists of boys from 2nd through 8th grade, professionals from the New York metropolitan area, and auditioned volunteers.

St. Cecilia Choir of Girls

The St. Cecilia Choir of Girls serves as the principal choir for the 9am service each Sunday. The choir consists of girls from 3rd grade through high school seniors.

Christ Church Singers

The Christ Church Singers consists of mixed auditioned adults and teens, with professionals from the New York metropolitan area. It provides music for the Choral Eucharist once a month, and sings at special services and concerts throughout the church year.

Compline Choir

Comprised of volunteers, the Compline Choir provides a twenty-minute service of sung prayers on occasional Sundays at 5 pm When requested, and depending upon availability, members of the choir also sing at graveside interment services. Rehearsals are held one hour before the service. Auditions are required, but are not onerous.

Bell Choir

The Christ Church Bell Choir is well-known for its high standard of musicality. Since 1998 the Gordon-Maulsby Handbells have contributed to Sunday services in the church, as well as  in the Memorial Garden at graveside services, and special High and Holy Days. An ability to read music is helpful.

What is the RSCM?

Christ Church Greenwich is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in America. The goal of the RSCM is to uplift the spiritual life of communities through high quality choral music. The RSCM provides musical education to singers through a structured vocal curriculum and summer music courses. It provides professional support to music directors by facilitating the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Through its efforts to raise the quality of choral music performance, the RSCM touches the lives of singers across the world.

Christ Church follows the Voice for Life curriculum in which choristers gain different colored ribbons by working towards different assessed levels of music theory, vocal technique and Christian understanding.

RSCM Choral Training
Wednesdays
5:30 – 6pm
Thursdays
4:30 – 5pm

Christ Church choristers also benefit from an annual choral course led by RSCM vocal coach Hilary Llystyn Jones – mentor and clinician to cathedral choirs in England.

Concerts and Recitals

Evensong Choir Tour 2012In addition to the normal pattern of choral services, the choirs of Christ Church Greenwich present several concerts through the course of the year. Often, these concerts afford the opportunity to sing with visiting choirs from around the United States and the world. Every two years, one of our choirs goes on a concert tour abroad. Past venues have included Exeter Cathedral, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, and St. John’s College, Cambridge.

Fun and Fellowship

This active schedule of singing and performing is grounded in many opportunities for fun and fellowship together. Each summer, the boys and girls of our choirs spend a week at Choir Camp, receiving personalized voice training, taking part in daily rehearsals, and enjoying ample time for games and activities. Even after choristers graduate from the choir, the opportunity for fellowship continues through involvement in SATB, our Music Program Alumni Association.

Rehearsal Schedule

Children in Kindergarten – grade 2 

Weekly Rehearsal 
Thursdays 4 – 4:45 pm (snack included)

Worship Services 
First Sundays (of each month) 9am Eucharist

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Boys & Girls in grade 2 & above who are new to the program 

Novice Boys’ Weekly Rehearsal 
Tuesdays 5 – 6:30 pm (recreation time included)
Novice Girls’ Weekly Rehearsal 
Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:30 pm

 

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Grade 2 & above 

Required rehearsals (choose at least one) 
Tuesdays 5 – 6:30 pm
Thursdays 5 – 6/7:30pm*
(choir dinner 6 – 6:45 pm)
Make-up rehearsals
Wednesdays 5-6:30pm
Weekly Services 
Sundaysor 11am
Holy Eucharist (preceded by an hour rehearsal)
Monthly Evensong Services (choirs alternate) 
Sundays 5pm
Choral Evensong (preceded by a 3:30 pm rehearsal)

*Boys will rehearse until 7:30 pm on the Thursdays before they are scheduled to sing with the Men on Sunday. Otherwise, rehearsal ends at 6pm, followed by Choir Dinner, to which all are invited to stay. Click here to view calendar.

Grade 3 & above

Required rehearsals (choose at least one)
Wednesdays 5 – 6:30 pm
Thursdays 5 – 6/7:30pm* 
(choir dinner 6 – 6:45 pm)
Make-up rehearsals
Wednesdays 5 – 6:30 pm
Weekly Services 
Sundaysor 11am
Holy Eucharist (preceded by an hour rehearsal)
Monthly Evensong Services (choirs alternate) 
Sundays 5pm
Choral Evensong (preceded by a 3:30 pm rehearsal)

*Girls will rehearse until 7:30pm on the Thursdays before they are scheduled to sing with the Men on Sunday. Otherwise, rehearsal ends at 6pm, followed by Choir Dinner, to which all are invited to stay. Click here to view calendar.

Teens & Adults

Weekly Rehearsal 
Wednesdays 7:30 – 9pm
Worship Services (monthly) 
Sundays 9 or 11 am
Holy Eucharist (preceded by an hour rehearsal) 
or
  5pm Choral Evensong (preceded by a 3:30pm rehearsal)

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Weekly Rehearsal 
Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30pm

Worship Services 

The Bell Choir plays at special services throughout the program year.

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Weekly Rehearsal 
Sundays 4 – 4:45pm
Weekly Worship
Sundays 5pm (Except when a special offering of Choral Evensong takes the place of Compline.)

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Weekly Rehearsal 
Thursdays 6:45 – 8:30pm
(preceded by by Choir Dinner, 6 – 6:45 pm)
Worship Services (monthly) 
Sundaysor 11am
Holy Eucharist (preceded by an hour rehearsal) 
or  5pm Choral Evensong (preceded by a 3:30pm rehearsal)

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