Welcome

Welcome to St. Thomas’ resource page for our RSCM Children’s Choir Program! We think teaching children to sing in church is valuable for children – they learn musicianship, singing techniques, and the music of the church. It is also valuable for the church as a whole – the congregation gets to hear and appreciate the gifts that children can bring to worship. And we believe that when those things are together, God is praised, and we are strengthened in God’s love.

We have two groups – the Cherub Choir, for K-3rd graders, and the Chorister Choir, for 4th-8th graders.

Below, you will find our list of policies, general information about each group, and a specific schedule. Thanks!

Please communicate with me about anything relating to choir.

  • joel@stthomassv.org
  • 208-720-1523 (call or text)
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Smoke signal

Let’s get ready to sing!

(Scroll down for lots more info)

Policies

Location

All activities at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 201 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, unless otherwise communicated.

Health Policy

COVID rules are also subject to change as the pandemic evolves. As of now, we will rehearse indoors in the Parish Hall with windows at least cracked. We will be masked for all indoor activities, except when singing in worship. If you become eligible for the COVID vaccine, you are strongly encouraged to get it, unless otherwise directed by a health care professional. If a student is sick, for any reason, please keep them home. Additionally, if a student has a known COVID exposure, please keep them home. 

Attendance expectations

Many folks are interested in singing at St. Thomas, and that is wonderful! If a sport takes you out for a season, it is OK to come back when your conflicts are over. That being said, I do expect you to be here if at all possible, for rehearsals and for services. We count on each other to make the best sound together.

Rehearsal days, times, rooms

  • Cherubs
    • Wednesdays, 3:00-3:45, in the Parish Hall
  • Choristers (choose one or both)
    • Sundays, 11:00-12:00 noon, in the Choir Loft
    • Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., in the Parish Hall

Procedure if you have to be gone

Please communicate with me. Let me know your plans, and I will write down when you plan to be away, and/or which rehearsal you plan to come to. Parents can speak for their children of course, but I also appreciate it when the reigns are given to the children to write or call me.

My contact information is above.

What happens in a rehearsal?

  1. Warmup. We warm up relevant singing muscles, practice good posture, full breaths, and good vocal technique.
  2. Music for the next service. The Cherubs are expected to sing one or two songs in the next service. The Choristers are expected to lead all the vocal music in a service, which includes hymns, service music, psalm, one anthem with the adult choir, and one anthem by themselves.
  3. Workbook activity. The Choristers and Cherubs work through “A Young Singer’s Journey” at their own pace. This is a curriculum of graded workbooks that teach about vocal technique, musicianship, and sight singing.
  4. Snack. Either parents or the church provides a snack at the end of each rehearsal.

What happens at a service?

  1. Call time. For a Sunday morning service, this is usually 8:50. Come wearing a mask and nice clothes.
  2. Vestments. Find your vestments, put them on.
  3. Music. Find your music and your seat for warmup.
  4. Warm up. Warm up with the adult choir 9:00-9:15.
  5. Warm up #2. Warm up just kids 9:15-9:20.
  6. Go to your next location.
    1. Choristers – Go to the choir loft. Use the restroom if necessary, head upstairs to the choir loft.
    2. Cherubs – Go where you are directed by the director or your parents. Sunday School or sanctuary.
  7. Sing. Sing the service.
  8. You’re done! Enjoy coffee hour or head home!

Vestments

Cherubs

Cherubs will be given a blue polo shirt to wear during the service. It sets them apart as someone who has a special job for the church. Do you see anyone else wearing strange outfits?

Choristers

Choristers will be given cassocks and cottas to wear during the service. It also sets them apart as someone who has a special job for the church. It matches the outfits that the adult singers wear. Can you find someone wearing an alb? How about a stole? A chasuble?

Volunteers needed

There are two ways to volunteer. 

  1. Room monitor. I am the only staff person in charge of this program, so having another adult in the room for our rehearsals is important for Safeguarding.
  2. Snack donation. Donating snacks helps defray the cost of the program, and is a great help.

Summer Camp

St. Thomas is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music. They are an organization, based in the U.K. but with chapters worldwide, that exists to promote choral music in the church for all ages. They sponsor a series of camps that I strongly encourage choristers to go to. I am available to help with transportation to the RSCM Pacific Northwest course. In 2022, it will be held June 27-July 3 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. If necessary, there are scholarship funds available from St. Thomas and from the Diocese of Idaho, up to ⅔ of the cost. This camp is an exceptional mountaintop experience for all singers. For more information, go to www.rscmpnw.com.

Weekly Schedule

Cherubs

Cherubs are singers in Kindergarten – 3rd grade.

They rehearse weekly on Wednesdays, 3:00-3:45 p.m.
They sing in church about once a month. See schedule below.

Choristers
Choristers are singers in 4th grade – 8th grade.

They rehearse weekly on either Sundays, 11:00-12:00 noon, OR Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. (Or both!)

They sing in church about once a month. See schedule below.

Cherub Schedule

September
Rehearsals Sept 1, 8, 15, 29
NO rehearsal Sept 22

Sing in Church Sept 19
“Bring the children,” Brazil Meade, arr. Kit Perona-Wright

October
Rehearsals Oct 6, 13, 20, 27

Sing in church Oct 24
“Prayer of St. Francis,” Carol McClure

November
Rehearsals Nov 3, 10, 17
NO rehearsal Nov 24

Sing in church Nov 14
“Jesu, Jesu,” Ghana. arr. Geoff Weaver

December
Rehearsals Dec 1, 8, 15, 22
NO rehearsal Dec 29

Sing in church Dec 5
“St. Nicholas,” Nancy Foster, “Kling, glöckchen, kling” Trad.

Sing in church Dec 24, 2:00 and/or 4:00. Call 30 minutes before.
“Angelic Invitation,” “A la ru” Hymn 113

January
Rehearsals Jan 12, 19, 26
NO rehearsal Jan 5

Sing in church Jan 30
“Heleluyan”

February
Rehearsals Feb 2, 9, 16, 23

Sing in church Feb 27
“Your word”

March
Rehearsals Mar 2, 9, 30
NO rehearsal Mar 16, 23

April
Rehearsals Apr 6, 13, 27
NO rehearsal Apr 20

Sing in church Apr 3
“What does it mean to follow Jesus”

Sing in church Apr 17, Easter
“We give thanks unto you”

May
Rehearsals May 4, 11, 18 (Final rehearsal)

Sing in church May 15
“1, 2, 3, Jesus loves me”

Sing in church May 22
“He who began a good work in you”

Chorister Schedule

August
Sunday rehearsals: Aug 29

September
Wednesday rehearsals: Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
YES rehearsal Sept 22

Sunday rehearsals: Sept 5, 12, 19, 26
YES rehearsal Sept 26

Sing in church Sept 12
525, 482, LEVAS 33, “Community of Christ”
Psalm 116:1-8
“We walk in love”
“I will sing a song of love,” John Bell

October
Wednesday rehearsals: Oct 6, 13, 20, 27

Sunday rehearsals: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24
NO rehearsal Oct 31

Sing in church Oct 17
637, 603, 620, 397
Psalm 91:9-16, Sine Nomine
“For the beauty of the earth,” Rutter
“A song of peace and joy” Colin Mawby

November
Wednesday rehearsals: Nov 3, 10, 17
NO rehearsal Nov 24

Sunday rehearsals: Nov 7, 14
NO rehearsals Nov 21, 28

Sing in church Nov 7
287, 520, “Grant them eternal rest,” 618
Psalm 24, Nun danket
“We praise thee, O God,” Arnatt
“Pie Jesu,” from Requiem, Faure
“Oh, when the saints,” Spir. arr. Esther Jones

December
Wednesday rehearsals: Dec 1, 8, 15, 22
NO rehearsal Dec 29

Sunday rehearsals: Dec 5, 12, 19
NO rehearsal Dec 26

Sing in church Dec 12
76, S-102, Cant. 9, VF 162, S-125, S-154, 66, 480
“Zion hort die wachter singen” Bach

Sing in church Dec 24
“Angelic Invitation” “A la ru” Hymn 113

January
Wednesday rehearsals: Jan 12, 19, 26
NO rehearsal Jan 5

Sunday rehearsals: Jan 9, 16, 30
NO rehearsal Jan 2, 23

Sing in church Jan 30
569, WLP 794, 339, 530
Psalm 71:1-6, St. Anne
“Where true charity,” Kaye Saunders
“Praise my soul the King of Heaven” Aarons

February
Wednesday rehearsals: Feb 2, 9, 16, 23

Sunday rehearsals: Feb 6, 13, 27
NO rehearsal Feb 20

Sing in church Feb 13
544, 188, WLP 774, WLP 782
Psalm 1, St. Anne
“Blessed are the pure in heart,” P. Dawes
“Spirit of God, unseen”

March
Wednesday rehearsals: Mar 2, 9, 30
NO rehearsal Mar 16, 23

Sunday rehearsals: Mar 6, 13
NO rehearsal Mar 20, 27

Sing in church Mar 6
149, 529
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 Aus tiefer Not
“Jesus, thy boundless love to me,” C. Courtney
Von bingen Kyrie

April
Wednesday rehearsals: Apr 6, 13, 27
NO rehearsal Apr 20

Sunday rehearsals: Apr 3, 10, 24
NO rehearsal Apr 17

Sing in church April 14 – call time 6:50 p.m.
147, 439, 315, 602, WLP 826
Psalm 116:1, 10-17, Herzlich tut
“Love consecrated the humblest act,” Albrecht 
“Watch and pray,” Carol McClure 

Sing in church April 17 – call time 9:20
“We give thanks unto you” 207, 208, 204, 210
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, Duke Street
“The Day of resurrection,” AO Gibbs 
“The angel rolled the stone away”

May
Wednesday rehearsals: May 4, 11, 18 (Final rehearsal)

Sunday rehearsals: May 1, 8, 15 (Final rehearsal)

Sing in church May 8
518, MHSO 102, 645, 708
Psalm 23, Duke Street
“Jesus shall reign” Rachel Aarons

Sing in church May 22
379, 513, VF 157, 535
Psalm 67, Duke Street
“He who began a good work in you”