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Youth Chorister Training Program

Youth Chorister Training Program

SMG's new Youth Chorister Training Program is now enrolling!
Classes begin September 9, 2021

The Youth Chorister Training Program is a unique and advanced level vocal music education program for students in grades 3-8. Students will receive a thorough training in the fundamentals of music theory, sight-reading, vocal production, repertoire analysis, and leadership skills.

Choristers sing great works of art and receive opportunities to participate in liturgies, tours, retreats, concerts, and recordings. The skills that choristers develop last a lifetime and foster growth in other areas of life at a young age: faith, liturgical knowledge, leadership; commitment; focus; attention to detail; patience; teamwork; and love of service.

First-Year Students - Novice Choristers

First-year students, or Novice Choristers, are beginner level students who are seeking membership within the St. Dominic Savio Boychoir or St. Cecilia Girlchoir. These students are given the skills and education that they will need in order to prepare them for an audition for the Boychoir or Girlchoir. Novice Choristers are not full members of the St. Dominic Savio Boychoir or St. Cecilia Girlchoir until they are formally inducted by the Pastor upon recommendation by the director of music and successful completion of the first semester of study within the Youth Chorister Training Program. Novice Choristers will sing once per month with the members of the Girlchoir or Boychoir. These students are only required to complete at least one semester of training before receiving the opportunity to audition for the St. Cecilia Girlchoir or St. Dominic Savio Boychoir. Students needing additional training may be required to complete an additional semester as a novice chorister before being allowed to audition for the Boychoir or Girlchoir. Semesters of training are offered twice per year, in the fall and in the spring.

Schedule an Audition

Auditions for the Youth Chorister Training Program will be held each fall and each spring (for the following school year). Auditions are easy, child friendly, and do not require advanced preparation.

The Audition

  1. Sing simple vocal warm-ups
  2. Sing Happy Birthday
  3. Listening skills (singing back pitches played on the piano)

Schedule an Audition

Please click on the link above to schedule an audition. Membership is currently limited to twenty boys and twenty girls and will be considered first come, first served.

Weekly Rehearsal Schedule

Fall 2021

  • Novice Chorister Class/Rehearsal - TBD

Spring 2022

Tuesdays (Boychoir & Girlchoir only)

  • Student Study Hall (optional), 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Music Theory Classes, 4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
  • Snack Break, 5:15 - 5:30 pm
  • Full Rehearsal, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


  • Student Study Hall (optional), 2:45 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Novice Chorister Class - TBD
  • Boychoir & Girlchoir Rehearsal, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Choir Supper, 5:35 - 6:10 p.m.
  • Full Rehearsal (as assigned), 6:15 - 7 p.m.

See Music Ministry Calendar

Tuition & Payment

Tuition covers approximately 39% of a chorister’s expense in the Youth Chorister Training Program and is necessary to ensure the quality of the program. Fees pay for approximately 34 weeks of high caliber musical instruction and vocal training per season, choir activities and materials including music and folder, supplies, mailings, notices, rehearsal assistants, conductor, accompanist and staff.

Tuition rates are approved by parish administration annually. Additional information regarding tuition, payment policies, fees, and discount opportunities are available on the Music Ministry Membership Handbook.

  • Novice Chorister Semester Tuition - $125
  • 2021-2022 Season Annual Tuition - $450 (for members in the Boychoir or Girlchoir)
    Sibling Tuition Discount 10% off for each sibling (10% off first sibling, 20% off second sibling, etc.)


The Youth Chorister Training Program utilizes a curriculum which is designed by the Royal School of Church Music and is utilized by choirs throughout the world. This program is specifically designed for youth choirs who service within a liturgical capacity. As an all-inclusive vocal music education program, the VOICE FOR LIFE curriculum has five levels. The St. Maria Goretti Music Ministry utilizes a combination of three levels which are colored coated: White, Light Blue, and Dark Blue. Within each level are four distinct learning modules which include: Module A: Learning the Voice Well, Module B: Musical Skills and Understanding, Module C: Repertoire and Module D: Belonging to the Choir. Each module contains learning targets.

White Level

This beginning level course is normally completed in the first 1-2 years of the Youth Chorister Training Program. Students in the white level learn the basics of music theory, vocal production and sight-reading. The coursework will gives choristers the skills they need to contribute to the choir and give new singers a structure through which they can learn about life in the choral program. Students begin this level as members of the Novice Choristers and complete the White Level in their first or second year of membership in the St. Cecilia Girlchoir or St. Dominic Savio Boychoir. At the completion of the White Level, the Director of Music and the chorister’s family discuss the chorister’s progress and mutually determine if the chorister will advance to the next stage of the program.

Light Blue Level

Students in the light blue level are typically in their 2nd or 3rd year in the Chorister Training Program and choristers who have completed their first year as installed as members of the St. Cecilia Girlchoir or St. Dominic Savio Boychoir. They participate fully in rehearsals and in leading the liturgy at the parish. Students in the light blue level not only rapidly build their experience by singing for parish liturgies but they also continue to strengthen and integrate their knowledge of advanced music theory through regular instruction.

Dark Blue Level

Students in the dark blue level are typically choristers in their 3rd or 4th year in the Chorister Training Program who have also completed the Light Blue level coursework. These students, from both the St. Dominic Savio Boychoir and St. Cecilia Girlchoir, combine for major concerts and special liturgies, as well as for tours.


See Full Curriculum and Modules (PDF)

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