The singing of the Church comes ultimately out of love. — Pope Benedict XVI
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St. James Cathedral offers choral opportunities for boys and girls in grades 1-5 to be part of the Children’s Choir, and grades 5* and up for Jubilate Youth Choir.
The Choirs sing approximately once a month, leading the singing at Sunday Mass. In addition to preparing the mass music at their weekly rehearsals, the Children and Youth Choirs use the curriculum of the world-renowned Royal School of Church Music, whose purpose is to foster good choral and individual singing. The students have the option to earn achievement medals as they follow RSCM’s Curriculum. For each level of accomplishment, the students receive and wear a medal with a distinctive color ribbon.
St. James Cathedral is also a member of the American Federation of Pueri Cantores, which is a Catholic organization that promotes good choral singing among children & youth with National & International Choral Festivals and Workshops led by renowned choral clinicians. A highlight for our students last year was traveling to Rome, Italy for participation in the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores.
Locally, St. James Children’s and Youth Choirs will participate in the 2017 Florida Festival at Sts. Peter and Paul, Winter Park. Every festival they participate in enhances their musical experience and helps them develop into fine young music ministers who serve the Church in a unique way.
*For fifth graders, the decision of which choir to join is dependent mainly on their singing experience: 5th graders with no choir experience should join the Children’s choir, and 5th graders with previous choir experience should join the Jubilate Youth Choir.