Our founding partner
The Choir School and St. Peter’s have worked in partnership to make choral music accessible to the Charlotte community and provide us our home.
Our home is St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Seventh and Tryon in Uptown Charlotte. It’s been our home for a long time — we trace our history back more than a century to the first Boys Choir at St. Peter’s established in 1894. The first Girls Choir was established in 1924. In those early days, choristers would travel to the church by streetcar and were paid 5¢ for their service to the church community.
In 1993, the Church provided the resources necessary to start a children’s choir founded in the English choral tradition, a program that would be distinct from the church’s music ministry. From day one, we’ve been an auditioned community children’s choir open to talented young people from across Charlotte.
The parish believes in the power of accessible, excellent music education and choral performance, and remains our leading supporter. The Choir School was incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 2001, and has a formal covenant, last revised in 2011, with St. Peter’s outlining our unique partnership.
St. Peter’s provides significant financial and in-kind resources to our program. Among other contributions, the parish provides our rehearsal, performance, and office space and donates the time of our Artistic Director, who also serves as organist and choirmaster at the church.