ST. PETER'S CHOIR SCHOOL
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Celebrating 125 Years
In 1889, as construction progressed on the magnificent new McKim, Meade, and White building of St. Peter’s, the first vested choir in the history of the parish was founded under the direction of Alfred Stubbs Baker. This choir of men and boys marked the beginning of a tradition of musical excellence that has flourished in Morristown for the past 125 years. The tradition begun then of training boys‘ and later girls‘ voices in the tradition of the great English cathedrals continues to this day.
At present, the Girls‘ and Boys‘ Choirs, though existing as independent groups, often sing together, either alone or accompanied by adult voices. For a number of special services each year, the two choirs join forces with the Adult Choir, providing a spectacular sound in the nave of St. Peter‘s.
In addition to providing music at services each Sunday, the St. Peter‘s Choir School functions as an afterschool program, offering children a world-class musical education at no cost to their family. Choristers are trained in voice and music theory, developing skills in teamwork, leadership, and musicianship.
After a year of hard work, attending at least two rehearsals per week, and singing one service each Sunday, many choristers attend Choir Camp, held each August. This provides them not only with an opportunity to learn music for the upcoming year, but to bond with one another and have a tremendous amount of fun. Many choristers receive a full scholarship for camp.
The Choir School serves as an important part of the Church‘s outreach to the greater Morristown community. In addition to its usual offerings, the music department provides music training at our bilingual Vacation Bible School for six weeks each summer, and collaborates with St. Peter‘s new after school initiatives.
On October 25, 2014, the choirs of St. Peter's celebrated their 125th anniversary with a concert and a reunion of alumni, a revival of a tradition which dates back to 1910. The program included beloved works both old and new by composers such as Britten, Halley, Howells, Ireland, Parry, Roberts, Rutter, and Vaughan Williams. Joining present Director of Music, Joshua Stafford, were two notable figures in the history of music at St. Peter's: Richard Morgan, who served as Organist and Choirmaster from 1978-2003, and Dr. Anne Yardley, who reestablished the Girl's Choir, and served as it conductor from 1987-2003.
Choristers generally attend three rehearsals per week (new choristers may attend once per week) and sing at the 10:15 am Holy Eucharist with the adults on Sunday morning as well as a Wednesday evening Evensong beginning at 6:00 pm.
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm, 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Evensong
Thursday 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am Rehearsal, 10:15 am Service