Archdiocesan Children’s Choir
The ARCHDIOCESAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR
The Archdiocesan Children’s Choir was established in 1998 and is composed of children from parishes throughout the eleven counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The choir provides children with the opportunity to develop their voices, sharpen their musical skills, and sing sacred music in liturgical settings, as well as in concert.
The Children’s Choir sings at Archdiocesan liturgies, and special events and concerts, as well as select masses at the Cathedral Basilica. Highlights include the Solemn Mass celebrated by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on the occasion of his visit to St. Louis in 1999 and two Eucharistic Congresses in St. Louis. The children have regularly sung in the popular “Christmas at the Cathedral” concerts, as well as the St. Louis Bach Society’s “Candlelight Christmas Concert” at Powell Symphony Hall.
The Archdiocesan Children’s Choir is a member of the American Federation Pueri Cantores, a Catholic youth choir organization. They have undertaken performance tours to several cathedrals in this country, such as Arlington, VA, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Newark, NJ, New York, NY, Oakland, CA, Orlando, FL, San Francisco, CA, and Washington, DC. The choir has travelled to Rome, Italy, participating in the International Pueri Cantores congresses of 2006 and 2010. In 2008, they sang in the National Pueri Festival at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
Membership is by audition throughout the year. The minimum age is 9, but there can be exceptions for extremely gifted children who can read fluently. A healthy voice and a good ear are requirements, and children should sing in their parish or school choirs as well. Rehearsals are currently on Saturday mornings.
For more information, please email or call the Cathedral music office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-373-8227.