What is the Choir School at Christ Church Cathedral?
The Choir School is an after-school program that is meant to complement and enrich each child’s traditional education, while providing life changing experiences and formational opportunities. The Choir School also builds off a long-time chorister tradition at CCC that has provided musical education to thousands of Indianapolis youth.
How much does it cost?
There is no fee to enroll in the Choir School. However, students and families are asked to give of their time in service to the church. During the school year, all choristers are expected to sing for worship services at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 10 a.m. on Sundays in addition to special services.
What is the schedule?
During the school year, choristers can arrive as early as 2:30pm, but should arrive no later than 4:45 p.m Monday through Friday. Dinner is served at 6:15 p.m.
On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, choristers may dismiss between 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. On Tuesdays, students dismiss at 7:15. On Thursdays, grades 5 and below dismiss at 7:15, and grades 6 and above dismiss at 8p.m.
In general, the Choir School at CCC will follow the Indianapolis Public Schools schedule as the cathedral is located within the IPS district.
What is included in weekly activities?
Weekly activities include rehearsal, music theory, study hall, and dinner. Students sing in three weekly church services. Additional instrument lessons, professional academic tutoring, and community service opportunities may be provided.
Is my child eligible?
Children in grades 3rd-8th are invited to enroll in the Choir School at CCC.
Is transportation provided?
It is our goal to provide transportation to choristers, on a case-by-case basis, to remove as many barriers as possible. Transportation may be available if your chorister attends a school in or near Center Township. If so, transportation would be from the chorister's school to the cathedral, not from the cathedral to the chorister's home.
Does my child have to sing on Sundays?
Because our services on Sunday are our main platform for putting our musical training into practice and for serving the community, all choristers are expected to participate. Skipping Sunday would be like going to all the soccer practices but none of the games!