Trinity Youth Chorus members in white and red robes singing

Trinity Youth Chorus

Inspired by the hope and new beginnings of spring, the talented and uplifting voices of the Trinity Youth Chorus bring you beauty, hope, and light in their stunning virtual Spring Concert. This performance features a variety of works performed by ensembles and soloists, juxtaposed with inspired artwork by the performers.

The Trinity Youth Chorus brings together talented youth ages 5 to 18 from the five boroughs of New York City. Choristers receive individual and group training in vocal technique, music theory, sight-reading, and performance skills from a group of dedicated professionals led by Melissa Attebury, Trinity’s associate director of music.

Trinity Youth Chorus members sing in white and red robes at Trinity Church

Trinity Youth Chorus members sing in white and red robes at Trinity Church.

When we are open for in-person worship, the choristers provide musical leadership at Sunday services alongside The Choir of Trinity Wall Street and offer concerts throughout the season, often performing with Trinity’s professional ensembles. Recent highlights include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, a fully staged production of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, Ellen Reid’s Winter’s Child at the Prototype Festival, Ginastera’s Turbae ad Passionem Gregorianam and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 at Carnegie Hall, and Britten’s War Requiem with the Queens College Choral Society. Recording projects include Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5 and Lisa Bielawa’s My Outstretched Hand with The San Francisco Girls Chorus and The Knights.

The Trinity Youth Chorus is featured in the films Love is Strange and Doubt, as well as Lisa Bielawa’s made-for-TV opera Vireo; has sung backup for Josh Groban, the Rolling Stones, and Bobby McFerrin; and has been heard on Public Radio International and CBS’s The Early Show.

2021-2022 Hybrid Learning

After a successful year of online learning, Trinity’s music education program remains dedicated to providing ample opportunities for students to participate in the chorister program. For the 2021-22 season, Trinity’s music education program will meet in person for rehearsals, while offering virtual options for specific classes. Choristers will continue to master foundational skills such as sight-singing, ear training, and theory in a required weekly musicianship course, and advanced choristers will be given the opportunity to take individual lessons and participate in a master-class series. Choristers will prepare music for the liturgical services at Trinity in addition to performing in several concerts and projects throughout the season.

Join the Chorus

Peppercorn and Junior Choristers (Grades K-5)

We welcome all young people enrolled in grades K-5, regardless of their musical experience or background, into our Peppercorn (grades K-2) and Junior (grades 3-5) training choirs. We’re looking for mature students with an interest in singing and the commitment to attend weekly rehearsals. Please contact Anne Damassa Graff for information about availability and enrollment.

Senior Choristers (Grades 6-12)

Entrance into Senior Choristers is by audition. At the audition, the director will evaluate each student’s singing ability, understanding of music theory, and sight-singing skills, followed by a written music theory assessment. Students may prepare a short song to present, but it is not a requirement. A weekly music lab is offered for students (those who are accepted to the choir and those who are not) who require additional instruction in sight-singing/music theory. Auditions are offered throughout the year. To make an appointment, fill out the form below or contact Melissa Attebury.

Schola Choristers (Grades 9-12)

Eligible Senior Choristers are invited by the director to audition for Schola Choristers. Choristers must demonstrate advanced vocal technique, theory and sight-singing skills, and a commitment to attending additional rehearsals and performances.