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Christ Church Cathedral (CCC) announced a new, free opportunity for Indianapolis youth interested in music.  The Choir School at Christ Church Cathedral will launch at the start of the 2022-2023 school year and is offered to children from 3rd through 8th grade. Children in the program will receive musical instruction, vocal training, and sing the finest sacred music of the past two-thousand years. But that’s just a start.

“Our mission at CCC is to “Glorify God, serve our neighbors, and transform our city,” said The Very Reverend Gray Lesesne, Dean and Rector of CCC. “The Choir School is a core part of how we will breathe life into this new mission and build on our glorious tradition of music by directly serving our downtown neighborhood.”

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.

The Choir School will serve CCC neighbors by connecting students and parents with educational resources, community services, and meals and aims to be positive force in the wider community, offering performance and service opportunities to benefit our city.

“A core part of our choir school is service to the neighborhood and the city,” said CCC Canon and Director of Music Christopher Caruso-Lynch. “Each week, we will help connect musical service to the gospel and offer our choristers and families the support needed to thrive in all areas of their lives. And we’re looking forward to expanding our staff to help create this environment for our choristers.”

Two new staff positions will support this new era of musical education at CCC. The Director of The Choir School will create new systems and engage in strategic planning to create a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment for students. Additionally, an Academic Support Specialist, will support the school’s daily operations, coordinating educational programming, tutoring, and resources for chorister families.

CCC Vestry Member and chorister parent Maria Luisa Sanchez noted that the program offered something special beyond musical learning. “This experience extends beyond music and was great opportunity to raise our children in a community of love, care and spirituality,” said Sanchez.

Children interested in The Choir School have a wonderful opportunity to get to know the music program during CCC’s annual music summer camp, Joyful Noise, a two-week long program which takes place May 25-27, and May 31-June 3. This is a free, weekday music camp open to rising third graders through rising eighth graders in Indianapolis area.

“Through weekly rehearsals and services, social activities, concerts, and tours— choristers build friendships that last a lifetime. They learn to serve, giving of themselves to each other and to the greater good,” continued Canon Caruso-Lynch. “Our dream for our choristers is not just to provide them with musical education, but to encourage them to flourish as their unique selves, made in God’s image.”