Choir scholarships offered for St. Brigid students
February 6th, 2017
When St. Brigid Parish in San Francisco was closed in 1994, St. Mary’s Cathedral clergy started providing pastoral care at St. Brigid School. The relationship between the cathedral and school soon blossomed, leading to the establishment of a choir school at St. Brigid to support strong music curriculum for all students and a superior extracurricular choir program.
Students receive voice-based music instruction three to five times a week, leading to a rich understanding and appreciation of music and musical literacy. This curriculum is supplemented with instrumental instruction in grades three and four recorders, and in grades seven and eight hand bells.
The St. Brigid School Honor Choir has 52 members in grades three through eight, roughly a quarter of the student body in those grades. They rehearse after school twice a week under the direction of cathedral music director Christoph Tietze. The choir prepares repertoire from Gregorian chant to contemporary music and sings once or twice a month at the cathedral, at choir festivals, and for special performances.
Choir trips in even years alternate between a tour of California Missions and Rome. A chamber choir of 15 members has one additional rehearsal and sings at some of the more important events at the cathedral and elsewhere, many of them with the archbishop.
Choir scholarships were established to help choir members afford school tuition. A new program for this year is choir scholarships for incoming students. Scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded to five incoming fifth through eighth graders who commit to being faithful members of the choir and the chamber choir.
Any interested students should contact conductor Tietze for an audition at (415) 567-2020, ext. 213, or visit www.saintbrigidsf.org and www.sfchoirschool.org.
From February 9, 2017 issue of Catholic San Francisco.