Children’s Choirs

Music plays a vital role in the liturgy at St. Thomas. The participation in choir offers the unique opportunity for the children to grow in their faith as well as impact their families, church, and community. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in America.

Cantate Choir (Grades 1 and 2)

The Cantate Choir rehearses on Mondays (3:00-4:15 pm) and sings monthly at the 9:00 am Sunday Mass and also at Christmas Eve and Easter Masses. At the end of the spring semester, the choristers present a concert or musical. Emphasis is given to developing the singing voice, rhythmic literacy and overall musicianship.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Junior Choristers

In 2019, a new chorister program was ushered in at St. Thomas. This program finds its roots in the long-standing Anglican choral tradition. Drawn from grades 3-5, Junior Choristers attend their own rehearsals throughout the week. Every other Sunday, they join with the St. Francis adult choir to sing the 9:00 mass. The choristers sing the treble (soprano) role and the adult choir supplies the other SATB roles.

The advantages of this approach are many:

  • Allows the choristers to sing sacred repertoire they ordinarily wouldn’t experience as part of a children’s choir
  • Provides the choristers with the experience of singing in a choir with multiple parts
  • Creates special opportunities for musical leadership as the choristers sing solo parts and lead selected portions of the liturgy
  • Prepares choristers for lifelong musical ministry

Together with the Senior Choristers, they perform for Christmas and Easter Masses and serve as the resident choir for the St. Thomas Aquinas School Mass.

The Junior Choristers also participate in The Royal School of Church Music Voice for Life curriculum. There are five levels, marked by ribbons. The awarding of each ribbon represents the successful completion of specific requirements in the areas of music theory, music history, and liturgy.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Senior Choristers

The Senior Choristers, drawn from grades 6-8, are a group of particularly accomplished singers who exhibit the highest standards of musicality and choral training. Every other Sunday, they join with the St. Francis adult choir and the Junior Choristers to sing the 9:00 mass. Together with the Junior Choristers, they perform for Christmas and Easter Masses and serve as the resident choir for the St. Thomas Aquinas School Mass.

The choristers participate in The Royal School of Church Music Voice for Life curriculum.There are five levels of ribbons and the awarding of each ribbon represents the successful completion of specific requirements in the areas of music theory, music history, and liturgy.

For more information, click here to contact Michael Conrady, Organist and Choirmaster.