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Now recruiting! Contact Nikki Vazquez at
or Kristin MacMannis at  

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   Choir School Updates

    We're excited to announce that the choristers have been invited to sing at the Newport Folk
    Festival July 20-22 again, after last year's appearance in the Newport Festivals Foundation
    tent with soulful Newport Folk Festival artist Devon Gilfillian! See photos and posts, below, from
    that experience. 


On July 28, a major invitation-only friendraising and fundraising event at Seaview Terrace featured the choristers singing in the Great Hall by the ocean, accompanied by our favorite harpist, Susan Knapp Thomas. With leading sponsorship from our friends at Edge Realty.

On July 29, four choristers sang at Island Moving Company's rescheduled annual summer gala.

Gallery Choir News



We hope you enjoy this video introducing our philosophy and students as much as we did putting it together, just before COVID shutdown. To support the ongoing work of The Choir School, including our educational tour to South America in 2023, please consider making a donation making a donation by clicking here.



My wedding ceremony was so beautiful ... "I cannot thank you enough! The ceremony was beautiful. It brought Peter and I to tears along with so many others. We received compliments on the music throughout the wedding by many of our guests. Everything was beyond perfect. Thank you for sending me this video - I’ve shared it with other family members and we have watched it multiple times. The violin was also such a beautiful touch! We could not be happier. Thank you for working so hard in putting everything together. You truly made our wedding a dream. We are beyond grateful."


On Friday, October 2, 2020, The Choir School of Newport County held "Back to School Night" on the lawn at the Church, including a boxed dinner provided.  The evening began with a fitness warm-up and group game, followed by a team-building session to focus on problem-solving, creative thinking, communication and teamwork. After dinner, kids and adults gathered around the "campfire" (a pair of portable fire pits, so everyone could be safely distanced ) to share their reflections and enjoy s'mores.  A big thank you to Bob MacMannis, Athletic Director & Mathematics teacher at The Pennfield School, who directed the event.

What to Expect

What a child can expect…

  • Singing well is hard work, and also a lot of fun!
  • Making new friends who are as excited about music as you are
  • Travel, non-singing activities, and a fantastic choir camp in August
  • Sing the world’s greatest choral music in its original form with adult singers, not simplified versions
  • For professional choristers, a monthly stipend is paid for weekday and Sunday rehearsals, based on your attendance and level. Stipends range from about $12 to $40 per month.
  • The churches of The Choir School are beautiful, safe, inspiring places.

What a parent can expect…

  • Brain Power! The study of music stimulates and often dramatically improves a child’s overall intellectual development and academic performance. A choral education teaches problem solving, spatial reasoning, cooperation, and an appreciation of excellence, along with patience.
  • Community. Parents will find themselves part of an extended and vital “choir family,” proud of the whole team

The Choir School’s constituent churches are affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in America. While our faculty and services are part of the rich Episcopal tradition of choral training and performance, religious affiliation is not expected or required of students. For more information see:


"Strength, Joy, and Peace: A Choral Year from St. John's, Newport"