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St. Paul’s Choir School, Harvard Square

As a brief follow-up to yesterday’s post — I made reference there to my advocacy for Orthodox use of the choir school model. As part of that, I give you the video from this morning’s appearance of St. Paul’s Choir School at Harvard Square on CBS This Morning.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/catholic-boys-choir-brings-its-music-to-the-masses/

It’s a pretty good summary of what I maintain are the opportunities and advantages of such an approach — a high level of musical education, liturgical participation, spiritual formation, and overall engagement with the tradition starting from a young age, a focus on excellence and discipline, an excellent means of outreach via performance and recording, and traveling to perform in amazing places. I’d advocate a co-educational school along the lines of the Choir School of the Madeleine (see my comments about that institution here), but regardless, this clip is another excellent “proof of concept”.

I’m working on setting up a meeting with John Robinson, St. Paul’s music director, sometime in January. I want to chat with him and also observe how the school works. What would you like to know about such a place? How might you envision such an undertaking moving forward in an Orthodox setting? Talk to me — I’m very serious about wanting to see something like this come together. I’d love to be able to send Theodore to a school just like this — how can that happen?

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3 Responses to “St. Paul’s Choir School, Harvard Square”


  1. 1 Nikolia 17 December 2014 at 7:59 pm

    So that was awesome…of course they had to finish the interview with a comment about castration. Anyway, keep me in the loop. I started my M.Ed. with an interest in Orthodox middle and high schools and am ending it with educating through music, so this is right up my alley.


  1. 1 An Orthodox choir school: how I’d do it | Leitourgeia kai Qurbana: Contra den Zeitgeist Trackback on 19 December 2014 at 12:59 am

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