The Choristers & Lay Clerks of Christ Church Raleigh is an internationally acclaimed accelerated learning program for children and youth from grades 3 – 12. They are a Royal School of Church Music affiliated choir and have toured extensively, having sung a full choral residency at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, U.K., as well as services at Notre Dame, Paris Fr., Ely Cathedral, U.K., Grace Church Union Square, N.Y.C., St. Paul’s K Street, Washington, D.C., and Bruton Parish, Colonial Williamsburg. The Choristers & Lay Clerks also have recently recorded a commercial album with the award-winning Floating Earth Company at Jesus College in Cambridge, England, which will be released this fall.
The Choristers & Lay Clerks are currently auditioning new choristers. Auditions are very simple and require only an ability to match pitch, repeat clapped rhythms, and sing a piece/song of their choosing (this can be as simple as “happy birthday” or something more complex). This program is for students who wish to make singing classical music their main extracurricular activity and is offered free of charge to those who pass the audition. This group is capped at 25 students.
Visit this link to hear clips from their recent tour to Paris and England
The Training Choir, Grades 3 – 5
The Choristers and Lay Clerks are made of up three primary groups. The Training Choir is the youngest of the three and is comprised of children in grades 3 – 5. Though they only sing with the choir a few times per term, they have two weekly rehearsals which are focused on learning to read and understand written music. Their rehearsals are Tuesdays 6-7:30 (dinner included) and Sundays 1:15 – 2:15.
The Choristers, Grades 6 – 12
The Choristers of Christ Church, Raleigh, have garnered a reputation as being some of the most advanced youth singers in North Carolina. They are comprised of girls and boys (with unchanged, treble voices) who have two weekly rehearsals, Tuesdays 6 – 7:30 (dinner included), and Sundays 1:15 – 3pm, along with weekly private instruction in music theory. Their main responsibility is to sing at Christ Church for morning services, services of Choral Evensong, and various concerts throughout the year. However, they also tour, record, and have regular collaborations with local groups like the Duke Evensong Singers. Their rehearsals are taught by Organist/Choirmaster David Jernigan.
The anatomy of this choir is taken from the British Cathedral tradition of the choir of men and boys in which the choristers sing the soprano parts and fully professional adult singers (called Lay Clerks) sing the alto, tenor, and bass parts. Our choir welcomes both boy and girl choristers and offers these youth the opportunity to work with and regularly engage in professional level music making.
The Lay Clerks, Professional Adult Singers
The Lay Clerks are the professional adult singers of the choir who sing the alto, tenor, and bass parts. They are all degreed in music and have copious experience in choral performance. One of the greatest musical benefits of the youth who sing in this choir is the ability to sing regularly with highly skilled professional musicians.