a musical and Catholic education grows the hearts and minds of young men
what we do
create an atmosphere of choral masterworks, daily Mass, and critical thinking
they become thoughtful students, disciplined performers, and virtuous young men
Welcome to the Saint Paul's Choir School Virtual Open House! It is my sincere pleasure to share with you what makes Saint Paul's such a special place to educate your child. It is not just that we are an all-boys Catholic day school in the center of Harvard Square. And it is not just that we are an internationally-touring Choir School with a rich history that dates to our founding in 1963. The school is special because of its mission.
Director of Admissions
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"Having been raised in the English Cathedral choir tradition, I know firsthand how transformative a boy's chorister education can be. There's nothing like it, and the tradition at Saint Paul's Choir School is justly renowed."
Director of Music
"As a Catholic institution, we form boys in every dimension - intellect, body, and heart. Graduates go on to act as a force for justice, peace, beauty, and progress in our society."
Dr. Thomas Haferd
Head of School
about Saint Paul's Choir School
About the boys
40 boys enrolled
Grade levels offered
Average class size
Student to teacher ratio
About the Music
Sung Masses every week
Rehearsals every week
Minutes of choral practice every week
About the academics
Eight hour school day matches parents' work day
Classes per day
Languages to study: Latin, French, Mandarin
English Language Arts classes per day
I don't know if I'm good at singing!
THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO START!
Even if your son hasn't sung before, our audition process merely looks for potential. We ask boys to sing a familiar song and sing back single notes played on a piano. That's it!
Our rehearsals take the boys from their natural starting place and train them to be members of a world-class choir.
Saint Paul's Choir School offers 655 minutes of choral practice each week, including five sung Masses and nine rehearsals. Training takes place at the school during and just after the school day.
"THE SINGING IS AMAZING. I COULDN'T SING WHEN I CAME TO THIS SCHOOL. WHEN YOU COME INTO THIS SCHOOL, YOU'RE TRAINED. YOU GO IN AND YOU THINK 'OH MY GOSH, I'M GONNA FAIL, I'M GONNA BE THE WORST AT SINGING, I NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE IN MY LIFE,' BUT WHEN YOU GO AND YOU'RE A PRE-CHORISTER YOU LEARN ALL THE MUSIC. YOU LEARN WHAT TO DO, AND SO THEN ONCE YOU GET INTO THE CHOIR, IT FEELS NATURAL."