Sunday, May 22, 2016 was Children and Youth Recognition Sunday at St. Philip’s. This is St. Philip’s opportunity to honor the accomplishments of many young people in leading worship. One such group was the St. Nicholas Choir.
The training scheme used by the St. Nicholas Choir is adapted from the “Voice for Life” training syllabus of the Royal School of Church Music (founded in England in the first quarter of the 20th Century to promote high standards in church music), which uses a graded training sequence teaching music theory, singing, sight-singing, and repertoire. The ribbon colors are allied to each step of the training scheme: surplice (chorister), followed by light blue; dark blue: red; bronze; silver; gold. St. Nicholas choristers were recognized for their achievements over the past year.
This year award recipients included Lucia Iurina (Chorister — Surplice); Henry Anderson, Cecily Banks, Grace Evered, Presley French, Clare Green, and Hannah Gill (Junior Chorister — Light Blue); and Ben Hogan (Senior Chorister — Dark Blue). In addition, choristers were recognized for RSCM medals earned in the summer of 2015: Belen Urreiztieta (bronze) and Jonah Harwood, Abby Alexander, and Ruby Meyer (silver).
The St. Nicholas Choir was joined by the St. Cecilia Choir to sing three anthems: I Will Not Leave You Comfortless by Everett Titcomb, Oculi Omnium by Charles Wood, and O Trinity, Most Blessed Light by Malcolm Archer.
—Photos by Piedad Hogan