CAMBRIDGE, MA, JANUARY 22, 2019 – SAINT PAUL’S CHOIR SCHOOL (SPCS) in Harvard Square recently announced two international tours, highlighting the global exposure that is a standard component of an SPCS education.
Following up on their 2018 tour to Montreal, SPCS students this year will share their renowned musical talents with audiences in Mexico City and Shanghai. In addition to performing in majestic venues, the boys will “learn on location” as they visit sites of historic, cultural and religious significance.
“Saint Paul’s Choir School integrates rigorous academic and music programs with life-transforming experiences,” said Dr. Thomas Haferd, Head of School. “These include singing at Fenway Park and performing with professional ensembles such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, the boys regularly go on tour to share their uniquely beautiful music with international audiences, while encountering some of the world’s most magnificent destinations.”
SPCS’s Mexico City tour will take place during Easter Week 2019. The trip will include singing at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. There the choir will see the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was imprinted on the cloak, or tilma, of St. Juan Diego in the 16th century. The five-day tour will also include singing Mass at local churches with peer boys choirs from Mexico City. While in the area, the boys will take part in a guided visit to the Pyramids of Teotihuacán and receive passes for the trajineras de Xochimilco, the famous canal boats in historic southeastern part of the city.
During their visit to the Shanghai area, the Choristers will attend a choral festival celebrating the life and legacy of a renowned Chinese visual artist. The sponsors, who are covering all costs of the trip, selected Saint Paul’s Choir School as a representative of the kind of historic music tradition that is now being taken up in this part of China. In addition to directing the Choristers, Music Director John Robinson will give a tutorial on developing boys’ voices for choral directors attending the festival. The choir will also sing a Mass in Shanghai.
Singing at Mass is second nature to Saint Paul’s Choir School students, whose voices uplift liturgies at Saint Paul Church five times a week. Their repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant and polyphony through music of the Romantic era and the 20th century. In recent years the Saint Paul’s Choristers have recorded via AimHigher with Decca and Sony Classical, and have performed with the Boston Pops and the Vienna Boys Choir. Soloists from the choir have appeared with the Harvard Glee Club and the Boston Lyric Opera.
All Choristers attend Saint Paul’s Choir School, which combines musical education with a classical academic experience, in the great cathedral school tradition. Founded in 1963, the school provides boys in grades 3-8 a “community of camaraderie and high expectations” where they “build the habits of mind and heart to rise to all of life’s demands and thrive in a world characterized by constant change.” Upon graduation, boys are actively recruited by leading secondary schools.
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Dr. Thomas Haferd, Head of School
Saint Paul’s Choir School
29 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138