St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Choirs for Children and Youth

Hear our Primary Choir (Courtesy of Greg Chen)

We offer six choirs for our younger parishioners. Choir participation is a major part of the Christian formation of our children and youth. Not only do our choristers receive a solid musical foundation, but they also absorb the rhythms of the church calendar through the texts and tunes they encounter. Just as important, choir members learn that they are vital to the worship service and are valued members of this congregation.

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Primary Choir
Boy Choir
Girl Choir
Chapel Choir
Gallery Choir
Sight Singing Classes
Summer Singers
Genesis Ringers
Summer Ringers

Contact: John Hurd

Primary Choir

Our beginning choir for 1st and 2nd graders, this ensemble serves as a training group for our Boy Choir and Girl Choir. The choir sings in the Church Nave every four to six weeks and rehearses on Wednesdays, from 4 to 4:45 pm, beginning with a snack at 3:45 pm. More >>

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Boy Choir

For boys in 3rd grade through the voice change, this choir sings every week at the 9 am Sunday service in the Church Nave, beginning with an 8:30 am rehearsal. Weekly rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 7:45 pm. Members of the Boy Choir are also encouraged to participate in weekly sight singing classes. More >>

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Girl chorister in Santa hat
Girl Choir

For girls in grades 3 through 8, this choir sings every week at the 9 am Sunday service in the Church Nave, beginning with an 8:30 am rehearsal. Weekly rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 7:45 pm. Members of the Girl Choir are also encouraged to participate in weekly sight singing classes. More >>

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Chapel Choir

This is an ensemble of advanced members of the Boy and Girl Choirs, generally in grades 5–8. They sing a challenging repertoire of two- and three-part music and have opportunities for solo work. The Chapel Choirs rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:45 to 8:30 pm, as well as at other times for special services. More >>

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Gallery Choir

Made up of teenagers in grades 9 through 12, the Gallery Choir sings periodically at the 11:15 am Sunday service in the Church Nave, beginning with a 10:30 am rehearsal that day. The choir regularly rehearses on Sundays at 12:30 pm. More >>

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John Hurd, Director of Music and Organist, shows children how the organ works.

Sight Singing Classes

Sight singing classes for Boy Choir and Girl Choir members include graded instruction in sight singing and music fundamentals. Classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7 pm.

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Summer Singers

This choir of all ages gathers each summer Sunday at 9:45 am to learn anthems for the 10:30 am service. All are welcome, but it is helpful if you can read music. Show up and sing; no further commitment is required.

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Genesis Ringers

A handbell choir for children and youth. Children in grades 3 and 4 rehearse on Wednesdays at 7:45 pm. Youth in grades 5–8, ringers in the Chapel Choir or those with instrumental experience rehearse on Sundays, 11:15–11:45 am.

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Summer Ringers

No handbell experience or commitment required. Meet in the Bell Rm at 10 am any summer Sunday and learn something simple for the 10:30 am service.

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Photos: Wayne C. Fowler


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