How to become a Chorister
The novice program is the preparatory program for aspiring choristers. Novice choristers learn the basics of music theory, vocal production, and sight-reading. Even if a novice chooses not to become a chorister or is not successful in being admitted to the full choir, they will benefit from the experience and knowledge gained by being a novice.
Boys and Girls with an aptitude and enthusiasm for music are encouraged to apply for the novice program at the beginning of their third grade year. An informal gathering for prospective choristers is held at the beginning of October after which a simple audition is scheduled. For that audition, prospective choristers will vocalize for the Director of Music and be tested in basic music skills. Prospective choristers are also invited to sing a prepared song, ideally of a sacred nature or a setting of a hymn, however it is only optional as no prior musical experience is required. They and their parents also have the opportunity to meet the music staff, ask questions, and learn more about the program. Novices who have been accepted into the program based on their audition attend weekly classes, starting in November.
Toward the end of March the novice course comes to a conclusion. The Director of Music then offers, as appropriate, a place in the choir for the following fall.
The music program typically accepts 4–6 places for boys each year and 3–4 places for girls. After Easter, the appointed novice choristers who have accepted places into the choir become more involved with the chorister program and participate in selected services. Novices who are accepted into the chorister program are inducted to the Christ Church Choirs during the last service of the year.
For more information
Director of Music
Christ Church Grosse Pointe
61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236