The Boys of St. Paul's Choir
The boys receive an education not to be found elsewhere. Each day, they are trained in singing, musical theory, and instrumental music, as well as in academic disciplines. We hope to instill in each boy a sense of the privilege of serving the Church in respect of its liturgies, tradition, history, teachings and culture.
Boys come from many different walks of life- some are musically and liturgically experienced, whislt some are complete beginners. Potential and dedication are the main requirements.
The Boys all attend the prestigious Archdiocesan Choir School, attatched to St. Paul's Church. http://www.bostonboychoir.com The School is governed by the Pastor of St. Paul's Church, Fr. Michael E. Drea http://www.stpaulparish.org/staff-parish.html
and run by Heamaster Mr. William P. Mc.Ivor. It is the only Catholic boys' Choir School in the United States of America. The School was founded by Dr. Theodore Marier in 1963 to produce a liturgical choir of Boys and Men and it was modeled on the great European choir schools. Today, such choir schools have survived, in number, almost exclusively in England, where there is still a thriving culture of Cathedral choirs of boys and men; it is to the excellence of this tradition, over a millennium old, that we aspire for our Boys.
During term-time, the Boys sing Mass at ten past noon from Tuesday to Friday, they sing Vespers at 5.15 on Wednesdays and at five p.m. on Saturdays, and at eleven a.m. on Sundays during term time. They sing at all the major liturgical celebrations of the Church, as well as at special services, events and concerts.
To gain entry to the Choir School, boys are auditioned academically and aurally; they typically start their education in the Fourth Grade, but we are willing to consider other points of entry in light of special circumstance. We expect our Boys to be bright and to have promising musical ears; we do not necessarily expect boys to be musically trained or experienced; if you know a boy who would benefit from these exceptional opportunities, please read our recruitment information, on the Recruitment page.