Trinity School of the Arts

Chorister Program

Trinity Church

503 Asbury Avenue

Asbury Park, NJ 07712


As of May 2009

It Begins With An Interview

Trinity is convinced that all children are able to sing, given encouragement and instruction. It’s important for us to meet members of a prospective Chorister’s family to go over what it is we do, and begin to explain what your Chorister will learn. This interview is low-key, friendly, and designed to help the Director evaluate the Chorister’s conduct, singing ability, and reading skills, as well as potential commitment to the choir. This interview is informal, and scheduled when mutually convenient. Sometimes, when a potential Chorister has attended our summer Music Camp, it has already taken place!

Potential and needs of each chorister are taken into consideration. The chorister can relax because no preparation is required for the interview!

What are we looking for?

1. Deportment – the professional conduct or behavior of a chorister.

2. Singing

3. Reading


Trinity School of the Arts interviews and accepts children and youth from a broad geographic area, economic circumstances, and from all faith traditions.

Students do not have to be Episcopalian or members of Trinity Church to participate in the School of the Arts. They must only agree to rehearse and perform as scheduled.

However, anyone who is interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church or becoming an active member of Trinity Church is always welcomed.


The growth and development of each chorister is realized by a mutual commitment to excellence that is shared by The Trinity Chorister Program and its participating families.

1. The commitment of Trinity Chorister Program

2. The commitment of participating families

Time Commitment

1. During the week:

2. Sunday mornings

3. Additional events

4. Thursday After-School Activities and Mentoring

Intergenerational Choral Training

The Chorister Program of Trinity School of the Arts is an after-school program that trains boys and girls to sing professionally with adult singers, working together as equals in an art and ministry that knows no age boundary.

The Chorister Program serves young people from Kindergarten though High School in two separate choirs. It uses the curriculum from the Royal School of Church Music called Voice for Life, which focuses on age-appropriate vocal training, sight-singing, and music theory.

Good, challenging repertoire is employed to put into practice the musical skills that are taught.

Voluntary social gatherings, as well as outreach to those in need provide members with additional opportunities for developing lasting friendships within the group, as well as empowering them for service to others in the community. It is our belief that a close-knit choir community is an important tool in the fight against gangs, drug use and other negative influences on children’s lives.

Trinity School of the Arts Chorister Program takes pride in its diverse student body and is open to children and youth of all faith traditions.

Benefits Offered to Choristers

1. Professional Choral/Vocal Training

2. Private Piano Instruction

Piano instruction is encouraged, but not required. Students are eligible to receive free lessons after they have shown a full commitment to the choir program, generally after four to six months of choir attendance.

In addition to the enjoyment one receives when playing a musical instrument, piano study also

math and science

If possible, the School of the Arts will provide a keyboard or digital piano to families who do not have an acoustic piano or adequate keyboard in their home.

Students can keep these practice pianos in their home until they complete their piano studies in the School of the Arts.

Once a student graduates, the piano can be placed in another student’s home.

3. Music Theory

building blocks of music

keys and key signatures, time signatures, chords and harmony.

4. Leadership


intergenerational community and relate to a wide range of personalities and


good habits that sustain them throughout their adulthood.

5. Choir Trips

6. Summer Music Camps

7. Chorister Pay, Incentives and Awards

in the following manner:

Pay is given out once a month in cash.

Champions of Change report:

Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning is a report developed by The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2000, which highlights some important information on arts programs like ours, such as:

“As a result of their varied inquires, the Champions of Change researchers found that learners can attain higher levels of achievement through their engagement with the arts. Moreover, one of the critical research findings is that the learning in and through the arts can help ‘level the playing field’ for youngsters from disadvantaged circumstances.” (Executive Summary, p. viii, emphasis added)

“Schools are not the only venue in which young people grow, learn, and achieve. Shirley Brice Heath spent a decade studying dozens of after-school programs for disadvantaged youth. These programs were broadly clustered into three categories—sports/academic, community involvement, and the arts. This research shows that the youth in all these programs were doing better in school and in their personal lives than were young people from the same socioeconomic categories, as tracked by NELS:88.To the researchers’ surprise, however, the youth in the arts programs were doing the best.” (Executive Summary, p. viii, emphasis added)

“When well taught, the arts provide young people with authentic learning experiences that engage their minds, hearts, and bodies. The learning experiences are real and meaningful for them.

While learning in other disciplines may often focus on development of a single skill or talent, the arts regularly engage multiple skills and abilities. Engagement in the arts—whether the visual arts, dance, music, theatre or other disciplines—nurtures the development of cognitive, social, and personal competencies.” (Executive Summary, p. ix)

The full report can be found on the Internet:

Family Support of the Chorister

Family Involvement in the Chorister Program

An RSCM – Affiliated Choir