Choir of Men & Boys
Photo: Ira Lippke (2015)
The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys is considered by many to be the leading ensemble of its kind in the Anglican choral tradition in the United States. The Choir performs regularly with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, or with the period instrument ensemble, Concert Royal, as part of its own concert series. Its primary raison d’être, however, is to provide music for five choral services each week. Live and on-demand webcasts of all choral services and further information including recordings of the choir may be found on this website.
Supplementing its choral services and concert series over the past four decades, the Choir has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe with performances at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, King’s College, Cambridge, Windsor, Edinburgh, St. Albans, the Aldeburgh Festival and the Vatican. In February 2012, the Boys of the Choir traveled to Dresden to give the premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Dresden Requiem with the Dresden Staatskapelle in the Frauenkirche and Semper Oper. Later in 2012, the Choir was invited to perform in the Thomaskircheat the Leipzig BachFest, a highlight of their June 2012 tour to Germany and Copenhagen. Domestically, the Choir most recently toured the Southeastern United States and was a featured performer at the National AGO Convention in Houston, Texas.
In addition to the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, concerts at Saint Thomas Church have included Requiems by Fauré, Brahms, Mozart, Duruflé, Victoria and Howells; Bach’s Passions, Mass in B Minor and Motets; the U.S. premiere of John Tavener’s Mass; the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly’s work My Days with viol consort Fretwork; Handel’s Israel in Egypt; a program of Handel and Purcell’s baroque masters conducted by John Scott and Richard Egarr along with Juilliard 415 and MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, conducted by David Hill. In 2014, the Boy Choristers performed in Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion at the Park Avenue Armory as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Peter Sellars and conductor Sir Simon Rattle.
The Gentlemen of the Saint Thomas Choir are professional singers; the Boy Choristers attend the Saint Thomas Choir School. The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc. and records exclusively for Resonus Classics.
The Saint Thomas Choir School
Founded in 1919, the Saint Thomas Choir School is the only boarding school solely for choristers in the United States, and one of only three schools of its type remaining in the world today. The Choir School offers a challenging pre-preparatory curriculum, interscholastic sports, and musical training for boys in grades three through eight. Following graduation, boys move on to highly competitive independent boarding and day schools across the country.
The Saint Thomas Choir School is committed to training and educating talented musicians without regard to religious, economic, or social background. Generous financial aid is available to all successful applicants. Inquiries from interested families are sought throughout the year.
Do you know a boy who loves to sing? We want to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the exceptional opportunity provided by a Choir School education, consult our website: www.choirschool.org.
On June 22, 2016, the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys performed at the American Guild of Organists National Convention at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas. You can find a video of the concert below.
A video produced by the New Yorker about the legacy of John Scott and how our new Organist and Director of Music, Daniel Hyde, seeks to honor his legacy.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Saint Thomas Choir School and how it intersects with Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.