Royal School of Church Music
In 1945, the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) was founded in England and has since grown to become an ecumenical organization with more than 11,000 affiliates in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria, and throughout Europe. The Royal School of Church Music in America is a branch of this world-wide network and shares the common goal of promoting effective and inspiring music-making in worship and the wider community.
As an affiliate of the RSCM, the Chorister Academy of Saint Peter’s Church is committed to nurturing young choristers and developing a sense of community as we work toward the highest musical standards.
The Chorister Academy incorporates RSCM’s graded curriculum and system of incentives and rewards. Specifically, choristers are guided from one level of achievement to the next as they master singing skills, music theory, and leadership qualities.
By the end of the choir season, choristers participate in a formal ceremony where everyone is recognized and thanked for their hard work and contributions and where students who have passed the necessary requirements are promoted. Official RSCM medals with colored ribbons are awarded and represent each level of achievement.