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Living away from home imparted confidence at an early age.— Sean McFate ‘84

About the Choir

The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys is considered by many to be the leading ensemble of its kind in the Anglican choral tradition in the United States. The choir performs regularly with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, or with the period instrument ensemble Concert Royal as part of its own concert series.

Its primary raison d’être, however, is to provide music for five choral services each week. Live and on-demand webcasts > of all choral services and further information including recordings > of the choir may be found on the Saint Thomas Church.

Supplementing its choral services and concert series over the past four decades, the choir has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe with performances at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London; King’s College, Cambridge; Windsor, Edinburgh; St. Albans; the Aldeburgh Festival and the Vatican.

In February 2012, the boys of the choir traveled to Dresden to give the premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Dresden Requiem with the Dresden Staatskapelle in the Frauenkirche and Semper Oper. Later in 2012, the choir was invited to perform in the Thomaskirche at the Leipzig Bachfest, a highlight of their June 2012 tour to Germany and Copenhagen. Domestically, the choir most recently toured the Southeastern United States and was a featured performer at the National AGO Convention in Houston, Texas.

In addition to the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, concerts at Saint Thomas Church have included Requiems by Fauré, Brahms, Mozart, Duruflé, Victoria, and Howells; Bach’s Passions, Mass in B Minor, and Motets; the U.S. premiere of John Tavener’s Mass; the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly’s work My Days with viol consort Fretwork; Handel’s Israel in Egypt; a program of Handel and Purcell’s baroque masters conducted by John Scott and Richard Egarr along with Juilliard 415; and MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, conducted by David Hill.

In 2014, the boy choristers performed in Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion at the Park Avenue Armory as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Peter Sellars and conductor Sir Simon Rattle.

The gentlemen of the Saint Thomas Choir are professional singers; the boy choristers attend the Saint Thomas Choir School. The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc., and records exclusively for Resonus Classics.

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