The Choirs

Open House Month for Adult and Youth Choirs

By Michael Diorio

As we venture into a new program year I’d like to encourage consideration of your own, or your child’s, participation in our choral program at The Redeemer. We have many wonderful activities planned for the new choral season and it might be a great experience for your or your child to be a part of it.  The mission of the children’s choral program is to enable all participants to support the liturgy through music, bring a heightened sense of awareness and understanding of liturgical concepts (meanings and symbolism) to our choristers, and provide a solid foundation in music theory and music history to all involved.

Last January we restructured our choir options, with the inclusion of a new weekly choir supper prepared by a rotation of volunteers that takes place in between rehearsals, and is offered to all our choirs. We offer the Cherub Choir (K-3rd) and the Redeemer Choristers (4th-8th) group, and Schola (9th-12th, and for boys who have experienced voice change). The Redeemer Choristers learn the more intermediate aspects of music, song, and liturgical meaning of what we do. They learn what it means to be responsible for yourself and responsible to others as part of a group. They also assume a greater leadership role within the liturgies for which they sing. All of this activity prepares them for the Schola group, which is the youth choir that traditionally goes on tour every other year.

To be a part of a choral ensemble at The Redeemer means to develop a sense of community, responsibility, and leadership qualities at an early age. These qualities and understandings transcend the Church and are brought into situations that our children experience and can process on a daily basis.

For your consideration, we offer September as an open house month for any child or adult who is considering involvement in our choral program. Choir is a dynamic, formative and rewarding program for both child and adult, alike. As you think about what sporting events or school activities you would like your child to be a part of, please keep the music program at The Redeemer on your list of options — your child just might surprise you, and you might surprise yourself.

2016-17 Choirs Rehearsal Schedule

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Redeemer Choristers: (Trebles)
Tuesday, 5:00-6:30 (Choir Room)
Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 (Choir Room


Cherub Choir: Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 (Parish House)


Schola Cantorum: Wednesday, 6:50-8:05 (Choir Room)


Redeemer Choir: Wednesday, 6:50-8:30 (Choir Room)     


Chancel Choir: Sunday morning, 10:20-11:05 (Choir Room)


CHOIR SUPPER IS SERVED EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 6:05-6:45!

Age Configuration of the Choirs

Cherub Choir (Kindergarten-3rd grade)

Redeemer Choristers (3rd-8th grade)

Schola Cantorum (High School and changed voices)

Redeemer Choir (the Parish choir consisting of college age and up)

Chancel Choir (smaller, specialized adult ensemble, sings at 11:15am Choral Matins)


Click here to listen to the choirs.

Approach to Choirs at The Redeemer

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The choirs singing in Kilkenny Cathedral while on 2016 Music & Mission Trip.

The choirs for the children and teens are designed not just to teach how to sing, but how to approach music; to develop a better understanding and ability to use music theory, knowledge of music history, increase the ability of the their vocal skills, and to nurture their social and leadership skills within the group, giving them a better understanding of themselves & those around them.

The choirs at The Redeemer are all part of our identity as an Episcopal parish within the Diocese of Pennsylvania. It is important to know that even though we are part of a specific faith-based organization, we have participants (both youth and adult) who are from varying religious backgrounds such as Jewish, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox, Baptist, and Presbyterian to name a few.

We encourage this diversity in backgrounds, especially in the children’s programs. This notion is at the very heart of Church of the Redeemer: “there are no insiders and outsiders......Our churchyard, our church building, our facilities, our programs, our ministries, and our worship are open to all, because openness without limitation is the keenest form of spiritual alertness”. However, we do not indoctrinate our participants or sway their faith leanings one way or the other. Rather, we have an organic approach as to how people come to feel about their own beliefs through their involvement in our parish. The children and adults experience opportunities for outreach, for mission work, travel abroad, professional-level concerts, and for the enjoyment of fellowship within the groups; forming friendships and linking bonds that last a very long time.

Contact Organist & Director of Music Dr. Michael Diorio for an audition appointment.

Italy 2011
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Germany & Czech Republic 2014

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Ireland 2016
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