The Holy Apostles Choir School, an after-school program, will provide a quality music education for elementary school students. The choristers will also complete with adult supervision so their evenings can be spent with family.

The curriculum will be Voice for Life, published by the Royal School of Church Music. This in-depth program teaches good vocal technique and develops music notation, theory, sight reading, and aural skills. In addition, it enables children to understand the music in relation to its musical and historical context. Finally, the program emphasizes the importance of commitment and responsibility, and rewards diligent practice.

One of the founding members of the Church of the Holy Apostles, Dr. Herman Giersch, died in 2017 at the age of 101. Dr. Giersch was a respected figure in the musical world of Lower Merion Township. His accomplishments include teaching music to elementary, middle and high school students, directing the musicals for the Narberth Community Theater, and singing in the church choir. Dr. Giersch’s bequest to Church of the Holy Apostles inspired this choir school, which will honor him by teaching students about music while fulfilling a community need for after school care.

The Holy Apostles Choir School will begin with a pilot program in January 2019, and officially open the following fall for the 2019 – 2020 school year.