St. Elizabeth Church
Children's Choirs

Catherine Hostetler,
Associate Choirmaster

From the Associate Choirmaster
Catherine Hostetler 

New Choristers Invited! The Children's Choirs of St. Elizabeth's are open to all parish children.

Why should your child join the Choir? Studies show that musical training stimulates intellectual and aesthetic development. More important, the learning of the words and music of our tradition implants basic teachings about God and the Christian life in a thrilling and memorable way. Any child in the congregation may join the Children's Choirs of St. Elizabeth's.

The Cherub Choir (Grades K - 2) meets on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5 p.m., and the Junior Choir (Grades 3 - 5) and Youth Choir (Grades 6 - 8) meet together on Wednesdays from 6-7:15 p.m. 

Junior Choir (Grades 3-5) meets on Wednesdays from 6-7:15 p.m. They learn music-reading and good vocal technique, and a wide repertoire of music from pop to Bach. They robe and process with the Senior Choir twice a month, and sing the Offertory at the Family Eucharist once a month.

Youth Choir (Grades 6-8) meets with the Junior Choir on Wednesdays from 6-7:15 p.m. They serve as musical leaders and mentors for the Junior Choir, and have special responsibilities. Eighth-graders have the option of being in Youth Choir and Senior Choir together as their Confirmation-preparation service to the Church.

The Junior and Youth Choirs welcome all children in Grades 3-8 regardless of whether they have been in a choir before. They also sing with the Senior Choir and go on special outings together. Come give us a try.

Children's Choir Rehearsals

Cherub Choir: Wednesdays from 4:30-5 p.m.

Junior & Youth Choirs: Wednesdays 6-7 p.m.  

A program as large as St. Elizabeth's  —and one growing day by day with parishioners' support — requires a number of helping hands to run well.

1. We need parents and friends to sit in on rehearsals. If a child is taken ill or help is otherwise required on an emergency basis, we need to have another adult present. It is also the policy of the Diocese of Newark for there to be two adults present at all youth activities. We especially need coverage at the Junior/Youth Choir rehearsal on Wednesdays from 6:00–7:15 p.m., when the Church Office is closed and the building may be otherwise empty.

2. We ask parents and friends to please sit with the Cherub Choir on Family Sundays. If you have a child in Cherub Choir, please take a couple of turns this year. If everyone participates, the responsibility will not fall on one or two families.

  • Looking ahead....In the midst of the frenzy that has grown up around Christmas — exhausting rounds of shopping and parties, late-night discussions of Nintendo, Nook, and Baby Butterscotch Pony — it’s important that kids have the opportunity to experience the pure and innocent delight in the miracle of the Infant Christ and the story of his coming to us.  There is no better way to convey that story than to have children sing about it, as singing etches the poetry of God’s design on the soul in a way that Christmas television advertising never will.
  • As the Children’s Choirs begin to prepare music for the Advent and Christmas seasons, I hope you will consider bringing them to Choir.  All parish children between Kindergarten and Eighth Grade are welcome to join us.  Just come to a rehearsal (see schedule below) or talk to me if you have any questions. 


    Adult Volunteer Signup

  • Any Choir program of substance has a vital and willing group of volunteers to help staff rehearsals and cover worship services. Please join in as we do this joyful work together; a signup board will be made available as the year begins.

Donald Galletly Choral Scholarship

Each year, through the generosity of the Donald Galletly Choral Scholarship program, one or more of our deserving choristers is awarded scholarship money to be put toward a choir-related educational opportunity. This year there were two awardees.

If you love music, care about the musical life of our young people, or simply want to help ensure that this unique and irreplaceable musical tradition is passed on to the next generation, please make a donation. If you would like to contribute, please see Catherine, Mollie Galletly, or John Hartnett. 

What is Voice for Life/RSCM?

  • The Royal School of Church Music, based in Salisbury, England, is a teaching organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the Anglican choral tradition, both in England and in the wider Anglican communion.  
  • In order to give parishes better resources to that end, they created the Voice for Life program, which equips choirmasters to train volunteers in music reading, voice development and rehearsal technique. The program is not aimed only at children--in fact, the medals that are earned are the same for both children and adults, with the same Level requirements. It goes without saying that the skills developed in such a program--especially the rehearsal skills that teach children how to work as a team and be part of a larger whole--have benefits far beyond the performance of music.

Is My Child a Tenor or a Treble?
  • Parents of choristers in Junior and Youth Choirs will sometimes see specified rehearsal times for different voice parts. Most of our choristers are Trebles, which is to say, they sing in a child’s register, and may sing either the soprano or alto part. In our Choir, the Tenors are those older boys whose voices have dropped. Please consult with Catherine Hostetler for more information (






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