The culmination of the choir school project 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 65 choir members, 15 of whom receive choir scholarships to aid with school tuition.
Subject to change with sufficient notice. Performances, at the cathedral, unless indicated differently: SEPTEMBER 11 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, girls only 25 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass
OCTOBER 1 Sat 11:00 am Blessing of the Animals, cathedral; this is an optional event; extra points are given if you are there, and more extra points if you bring a pet. 8 Sat 9:00 am rehearsal and 10:00 am Rosary Rally Mass with the Archbishop, until 11:20 am, chamber choir 16 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, boys only 30 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass
NOVEMBER 2 Wed 3:00 pm rehearsal grades 5-8 only, music room 3 Thu no rehearsals 13 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, girls only 23/24 W/Th no rehearsals 27 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass
DECEMBER 3 Sat 4:00 pm reh at Star of the Sea (Sausalito), 5 pm Mass, 6 pm concert, until 6:30 pm; Chamber Choir only 9 Fri 6:00 pm Christmas Pageant 11 Sun 6:00 pm rehearsal and 7:00 pm Cookies and Carols fund raiser Caroling 14 Wed 2:30 pm leave school for caroling at SF Towers, return by 4 pm 14 Wed 5:30 pm Chamber Choir help with Donor Appreciation Dinner at school, until 8:30 pm 17 Sat 1:30 pm warm-up and 2:00 pm concert at Nazareth Hours, San Rafael, Chamber Choir only, until 3 pm 21/22 W/Th no rehearsals 24 Sat 4:30 pm rehearsal, 5:00 pm carols concert, 5:30 pm Christmas Eve Mass 28/29 W/Th no rehearsals
JANUARY 8 Sun 3:00 pm rehearsal and 4:00 pm Epiphany Lessons and Carols, followed by dinner 21 Sat 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:30 am Walk for Life Mass with the Archbishop, chamber choir 29 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass
FEBRUARY 2 Thu 8:30 am school Mass 9 Thu 2:45 pm rehearsal for 3rd and 4th graders, but no rehearsal for 5th-8th graders (set up for science fair) 12 Sun 8:30 am rehearsal and 9:00 am Mass, boys only 26 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass
MARCH 5 Sun 3:00 pm rehearsal and 4:00 pm Rite of Election with the Archbishop (not a Mass), chamber choir 15 Wed 4:30 pm rehearsal and 5:30 pm Mass with Cardinal Burke, Chamber Choir only 16 Thu 8:30 am to noon, Archdiocesan Choir Festival at Riordan High School 26 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass
APRIL 6 Thu 2:45 pm rehearsal for 3rd and 4th graders; no rehearsal for 5th-8th graders 8 Sat 4:30 pm rehearsal and 5:30 pm Procession and Palm Saturday Mass, until 7:00 pm 13 Thu no rehearsals 14 Fri 12:30 pm rehearsal and 1:00 pm Stations of the Cross 16 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass 19/20 W/Th no rehearsal 30 Sun 10:20 am rehearsal and 11:00 am Mass, First Holy Comm.
MAY 4 Thu no rehearsals (field day) Confirmations tbd Holy Names University Festival tbd, 5th – 8th graders 21 Sun 3:00 pm rehearsal and 4:00 pm Spring Concert, followed by dinner 8th grade graduation tbd
JUNE 5 Mon tentative choir trip to Sacramento
Beginning August 31, 2016
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-library)
5th through 8th grades: Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Chamber Choir: Wednesdays 7:30 am to 7:55 am (starting 9/7/16)
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