Music is a wonderful gift from God and a natural expression for children. What better way to glorify God than to give the children the opportunity to play and praise through music. Musical opportunities for youth and children abound at St. David’s. Our singers give their best to God through their music, the witnessing of their faith and their commitment. Choirs for children three-years-old through twelfth grade rehearse weekly throughout the school year and provide special music for Sunday worship, festival services, and parish events. Every other year, our children and youth present a staged musical at a Sunday afternoon Messy Church service.
In addition to preparing special anthems, the children learn about the music of the church through the singing of hymns and liturgy. As they learn musical concepts through the music they prepare, they are also taught the biblical concepts behind the music. Through singing, playing instruments, and movement, the children learn to give their best to God through their music. St. David’s is a member of the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCMA) and utilizes its training program, VOICE for LIFE, to award medals and ribbons for different levels of expertise. VOICE for LIFE provides a framework for choral singers to develop their vocal skills, musical understanding, and knowledge of the repertoire. The four levels of ribbons are light blue, dark blue, red, and yellow, with additional advanced levels available if desired.
Joyful Noise: Children 2nd - 5th Grade
Rehearsals: 3rd Sunday of the month, 10:40 - 11:00 a.m.
Through hymn singing, anthems, and musical games we learn solfege (do, re, mi) and how to find the choir voice. We’ll use age appropriate songs in a variety of styles to learn the basics of note, rhythm and lyric reading. The Primary Choir participates (about twice a semester) in the 9:00 a.m. Mass, joining the Junior Choir in singing the service music, hymns and a special anthem. They also participate in the various festival services and the spring musical. Our preparation for the RSCM medals begins in this choir and is called a “graded” choir as medals and ribbons will be awarded for increasing levels of expertise. Therefore, commitment and regular attendance at rehearsals is a must!
Joyful Noise: Youth
Rehearsals: Sunday, 10:40 - 11:00 a.m., August 28, October 2, October 31, and December 4, in the CHoir Room.