The culmination of the choir school is the Honor Choir, a select group of students from grades 3-8 who rehearse twice a week and sing regularly for school and cathedral function, in addition to choir festivals and performances elsewhere. The choir has sung throughout Northern California, including eight Missions, and recently participated in a Mass with the Sistine Chapel Choir at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (January 2016). There are presently 51 choir members, 22 of whom receive choir scholarships to aid with school tuition.
Subject to change with sufficient notice. Performances, at the cathedral, unless indicated differently:
AUGUST 30 Wed choir practices begin SEPTEMBER 10 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, girls only 24 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass 30 Sat 10:30 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Blessing of Animals. This is an optional event. Students who attend will earn 2 extra points; if they bring a pet, 2 more.
OCTOBER 6 Fri 9:00 am rehearsal and 10:00 am Missionary Childhood Association Mass with Archbishop Cordileone 7 Sat 9:00 am rehearsal and 10:00 am Rosary Rally Mass with the Archbishop, until 11:20 am, chamber choir 15 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, boys only 29 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass, full choir
NOVEMBER 8 Wed 12:30 pm choir practice grades 5-8 (early dismissal), music room 9 Thu 12:30 pm choir practice grades 3-4 (early dismissal), music room 12 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, chamber choir only 22/23 W/Th no rehearsals (Thanksgiving break) 26 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass, full choir
DECEMBER 2 Sat Chamber Choir only: 4:00 pm rehearsal at Star of the Sea Church, Sausalito, 5:00 pm Mass, 6:00 pm concert and reception, pick up 7:00 pm. Full uniform (boys no ties) and choir medals. 5 Tue 6th graders only: 5:00 pm meet at St. Anne's Home, 300 Lake St (at 4th Ave), 5:30 pm caroling, 6:15 pm dismissal. Seasonal clothing or uniforms. 6 Wed 2:30 pm leave SB for 3:00 pm caroling at SF Towers. Return to school at 4:00 pm, full choir 13 Wed Chamber Choir only: 5:00 pm meet in auditorium for donor appreciation dinner with Archbishop Cordileone; 5:00 pm practice, 6:00 pm tours, 7:00 pm serve dinner in auditorium and eat in cafeteria, 8:00 pm concert, 8:30 pm dismissal. 14 Thu 6:00 pm Christmas Pageant, full choir 17 Sun 6:00 pm rehearsal and 7:00 pm Cookies and Carols fund raiser, full choir 20 Wed 12:30 pm choir practice (early dismissal), auditorium, full choir 21 Thu no choir practice (Christmas break) 24 Sun 6:30 pm rehearsal, 7:30 pm carols concert, 8:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass, full choir 27/28 W/Th no rehearsals
JANUARY 3 Wed no choir practice (Christmas break) 7 Sun 3:00 pm rehearsal and 4:00 pm Epiphany Lessons and Carols, followed by family dinner, full choir 14 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, girls only 27 Sat 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:30 am Walk for Life Mass with the Archbishop, chamber choir 28 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass, full choir
FEBRUARY 3 Sat 9:00 am rehearsal and 10:00 am Archdiocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass with the Archbishop, chamber choir 11 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, boys only 18 Sun 3:00 pm rehearsal and 4:00 pm Rite of Election with the Archbishop (not a Mass), chamber choir 25 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass, full choir
MARCH 11 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, chamber choir 15 Thu 8:30 am to noon, Archdiocesan Choir Festival at Riordan High School; no afternoon choir practices, full choir 22 Thu 2:45 pm rehearsal for 2nd-4th graders, music room; no rehearsal for 5th-8th graders 24 Sat 4:30 pm rehearsal and 5:30 pm Palm Saturday Mass (until 7 pm), full choir 29 Thu no choir practice 30 Fri 12:30 pm rehearsal and 1:00 pm Good Friday Stations of the Cross, full choir APRIL 1 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Easter Sunday Mass, full choir 4/5 W/Th no choir practice 14 Sat 9:00 am rehearsal and 10:00 am Confirmations, chamber choir 15 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, girls only 29 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass, full choir
MAY 4-7 F-M California Missions choir trip, grades 4-8 only, required 13 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass, First Holy Communion, full choir 20 Sun 3:00 pm rehearsal and 4:00 pm Spring Concert, followed by dinner, full choir 23 Wed no chamber choir rehearsal 24 Thu no choir practice 27 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, boys only 30 Wed no chamber choir rehearsal 31 Thu no choir practice
JUNE 1 Fri 5:00 pm rehearsal and 6:00 pm 8th grade graduation, full choir 3 Sun 11:00 am rehearsal and 12:00 noon All Parish Mass, until 1:30 pm, followed by Fiesta, full choir
Beginning August 30, 2017
Full Choir (3rd through 8th grade only): Wednesdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
3rd and 4th grades: Thursdays from 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm (music room)
5th through 8th grades: Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (auditorium)
Chamber Choir: Wednesdays 7:30 am to 7:55 am (starting 9/6/17)
If your child is absent from school or leaves during the school day, you do not need to contact Dr. Tietze.
If your child is at school but cannot attend rehearsal for any reason, please phone Dr. Tietze at (415) 567-2020 ext 213, leave him a note in his school mailbox, or contact him on the St. Brigid’s portal.
Children who are more than 5 minutes late for rehearsal at school must get a note from a teacher.
Any children who are absent without notification will be marked unexcused. Three unexcused absences will result in expulsion from the choir.
All scheduled performances are mandatory. For performances at the cathedral or other locations, we need to receive prior notification for any absences and the reason for the absence; the only valid excuses are illness or serious family commitments