Making known the love of God and the beauty of God’s creation through our song, learned from many cultures and many faith traditions.
Saint Mark’s Choir School singers are ministers of music. We aspire to teach, to learn, to inspire and to lead the varied communities of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, the Diocese of Olympia, and the city of Seattle through our work as liturgical ministers. No audition is required to participate in the Choir School.
Saint Mark’s is a member of the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCM). The curriculum, based on RSCM’s Voice for Life, emphasizes well-rounded musicianship as well as life long growth in music and faith; vocal and ear training as well as theoretical knowledge; and ministry through liturgical leadership and community service.
Calendar: View the Choir School calendar here.
Enrollment: Enroll your child using our online Choir School Registration Form. Enrollment is welcomed throughout the year but mid-year start dates will be determined by the Choir School staff.
Tuition: $100 per semester; Tuition may be paid online here using the “Choir School Tuition” line. Check payments can be made to “Saint Mark’s Cathedral” noting Choir School on the memo line.
Scholarships: Tuition should not be a barrier for interested children. For families that find full tuition a hardship at this time, partial scholarships are available. To be considered for scholarship assistance, families are asked to submit a statement to the Scholarship Committee outlining 1) Your family financial situation. 2) What you hope your child will gain from the Choir School experience. Statements should be submitted to the Scholarship Committee through Cam Jarvis, Choir School Registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys and Girls, 5 years and older, beginner level
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 4:45 – 6 p.m.
Sunday liturgies: 1st Sunday of the month at 9 a.m. liturgy
Director: Rebekah Gilmore
Our youngest choir, where singers learn basic musicianship skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Their music is drawn from a variety of cultures and sung in a variety of languages. They sing primarily at Sunday morning services about once a month.
Boys and Girls, intermediate level, determined by director
Musicianship tutorial: Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:40 p.m.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays 4:45-6 p.m.
Cathedral dinner: Wednesdays, 6-6:30 p.m.
Sunday liturgies: 2nd Sunday of the month at the 9 a.m. and the 11 a.m. liturgies; 8:15 a.m. call.*
*The choir will be released after offertory at the 11 a.m. liturgy-roughly 11:40 a.m.
Director: Rebekah Gilmore
This choir sings at Sunday Eucharists on the third Sunday of each month. Members receive small group instruction in musicianship, vocal technique and liturgical ministry. Special events include: Children’s Choir Festival, Ambassador Weekends, Pentecost Run/Ride at Greenlake, and more.
Our most advanced Senior Choristers will be invited to join this group to sing with the Cathedral Schola, and adults for Evensong. Membership in the Senior Chorister choir is required to be considered for the Evensong Choir.
Choir School Summer Camp
Save the date: Choir Camp 2018 will be held August 20-24 and Sunday, August 26. Registration will open January 1, 2018. This camp welcomes boys and girls, regardless of church affiliation, who are interested in singing beautiful and exciting music of the Christian faith in the striking cathedral setting, while growing as musicians and children of God. Learn more at saintmarks.org/choircamp.