The English celebrate a rich and unique choral sound that many church choir and public school choral directors in Texas and the United States strive to emulate. This sound has a centuries-long tradition developed mostly by the choirmasters at the English Cathedral Schools.
Although many countries have a long tradition of boys’ choirs in their churches, the English Cathedral Boy Choir Movement dates back to the end of the 6th century. Talented young male singers with unchanged voices were selected to perform in the cathedral choir. Those selected for the choir came to live at the cathedral where they received vocal training and an education in both music and academics.
While in England, students observe and study five of the country’s most celebrated cathedral choir schools located in London and Cambridge. These observations provide a unique opportunity to study and observe the choirs as only few have done before. At each school, students observe daily choir rehearsals, visit academic and music classes, attend lectures by both the choirmaster and the headmaster of the school, attend daily choir performances at Evensong, observe the choir’s participation during the main service each Sunday, and participate in an extended tour of the cathedral.
Students also tour and attend performances at St. Martins-in-the-Field, the Royal Opera House, Prince Albert Hall, and see a current hit musical. They tour important British museums and observe British culture through visits to various historic sites and cultural events.
- MUS 376G | Study and Observation of the English Choral Tradition. Meets music elective in most degree programs.
- FA 119 | Maymester Seminar. Taken during the spring semester preceding the program.
Dr. Hunter March, a professor in the Butler School of Music, has been the faculty director of this Maymester since founding it in 2008. He has visited London and Cambridge on numerous occasions over the past years and has established close connections with music directors, organists and administrators in cathedrals and churches throughout England.
Dr. March teaches undergraduate courses in Secondary School General and Choral Music Methods, as well as graduate courses in Music Listening and Children's Choirs. He is a recipient of the College of Fine Arts Teaching Excellence Award and was cited by the Music Educators National Conference for having developed an exemplary program in junior high general and choral music for Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Program and Application Details
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Questions? Email: Ellen Aoki.