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
Virtual Open house
In-person open house
Our next Open Houses will be held in person and virtually. Come tour our school and meet our teachers in person on November 18th! Alternately, you may attend our Virtual Open House over Zoom on November 14th.
Experience the choir school at its finest!
Join us for the Faure requiem at our open house on november 18!
4:00 pm Lecture on Faure's Requiem at Saint Paul's Parish
5:00 pm Faure's Requiem
5:30 pm Open House at Saint Paul's Choir School until 7:30 pm
Come for one, two, or all three events!
Gabriel Fauré’s masterwork Requiem offers some of the most luscious and dramatic choral music of the twentieth century. Scored for Fauré’s own choir of men and boys at the magnificent church of the La Madeleine in Paris, it has endured as one of his most popular works since its debut performance in 1888. The audience will be transported by this seminal French composition immersed in the beautiful acoustic of Saint Paul's stately architecture, featuring organ and instrumental soloists. Saint Paul’s Choir of Men and Boys often perform in tandem, offering inspiration for growth to the boy choristers, who are all educated at Saint Paul's Choir School.
Saint Paul's Choir School.
See a three-dimensional layout of each school floor of the building.
Navigate a 360-degree self-guided tour of your chosen floor and all rooms for students.
Experience the music, photographs, videos, and recordings that embody the Saint Paul's Choir School experience.
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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
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 to 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've 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."