Children’s and youth choirs rehearse on Sunday afternoons.
Not sure which choir is right for your child? Use this flow chart to figure out what the best fit is for your child/youth and the corresponding rehearsal times.
Ages: preK-5th grade
Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 4:30-5:00 pm
The Alleluia Choir is a warm and welcoming place for young children to explore their creative and spiritual gifts in music. Young musicians sing the faith while learning the fundamentals of music and building teamwork, discipline and leadership skills. Members of this ensemble sing twice a semester in worship (including at Children’s Sabbath, Lessons and Carols, Easter, and at Carol Woods) and enjoy various opportunities for fun, fellowship and service to the community.
The Alleluia Choir serves as a preparatory ensemble for the UPC Chorister Program. Rising 3rd graders who demonstrate an interest in furthering their musical skills and serving as a committed leader in worship will be encouraged to join the Chorister Program.
3rd – 5th graders who are looking for an opportunity to sing with fewer commitments are welcome to continue singing and serving as leaders in the Alleluia Choir.
Optional supervised playground time is provided after rehearsal from 5-5:30.
Ages: 3rd grade and older
Rehearsal Time: Sundays, 4:30-5:30 pm
The Chorister Program is designed for young musicians who exhibit a special interest in being challenged musically and more importantly, a passion to serve the worship life of our church in a robust capacity. Choristers grow as leaders and musicians by committing to weekly rehearsals and leading worship regularly, singing often with the adult choirs as one unified ensemble twice a month. Together, Choristers and Chancel Choir members sing great choral music that spans five centuries of composition.
The Chorister Program of University Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in America (rscmamerica.org), an eccumenical organization dedicated to promoting church music, musical education and worship skills. Choristers work through a graded curriculum and are awarded medals at a ceremony in worship each semester.
Choristers are invited to remain with this ensemble through high school, although singers with changed voices are encouraged to sing in the Tenor and Bass sections of the Chancel Choir when they lose their treble range.
Choristers in good standing are invited to attend the annual Montreat Music and Worship Conference Summer Camp in June. This is an exciting opportunity for outdoor fun, bonding and music making surrounded by God’s beauty in the NC mountains.
To see if the Chorister Program may be a good fit for your child, please contact Joey.
Ages: 6th-12th grade
Rehearsal time: Sundays, 5:00-6:00 pm
The Youth Choir offers a place for fellowship and faith formation through music making and meets during the program year before Sunday’s Youth Group meetings. The ensemble prepares anthems to offer in worship alongside the Chancel Choir. Important services include Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Youth Sunday and Easter. In addition to singing in worship, the youth choir presents a spring musical.
Youth Choir members are invited to attend the annual Montreat Music and Worship Conference Summer Camp in June. This is an exciting opportunity for outdoor fun, bonding and music making surrounded by God’s beauty in the NC mountains.
Youth Choir members looking to sing in worship regularly are encouraged to sing with the Chancel Choir and attend rehearsals on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 pm.
Youth Choir treble voices are invited to sing with the choristers in rehearsal from 4:30 – 5 pm.