St. Mary's Cathedral Choir School is a comprehensive choral music program for children, encompassing music instruction at St. Brigid School, the St. Brigid School Honor Choir, and the Archdiocesan Children's Choir.
St. Mary's Cathedral Choir School is a work in progress. It all started in 2009, when Christoph Tietze was asked by Msgr. John Talesfore, former rector of the cathedral, and Sr. Carmen Santiuste to build up the St. Brigid School Choir and to make a feasibility study into the possibility of establishing a choir school at St. Brigid's. The school was perfectly suited for this, being located within the cathedral's parish after the dissolution of St. Brigid parish. After one year, Dr. Tietze proposed a five stage plan, by which the school would gradually be transformed into a choir school. The project will enter Stage Five in 2017/18, with completion planned for 2020.
The music program at St. Brigid School is only one part of the choir school. There is also an outreach program for children not enrolled at the school, the Archdiocesan Children's Choir, which had existed in one form or another since 1992. Both choirs learn a similar repertoire and often perform together. Alumni from both choirs can continue singing in the Archdiocesan Children's Choir.
Choir School Administration: Rev. Arturo Albano, Cathedral Rector Sr. Angeles Marin, RCM, St. Brigid School Principal Christoph Tietze, DSM, Choir School Director Mary Diane Garcia, Music Teacher, Choir Assistant Benjamin DeShazo-Couchot, Music Teacher