Choir School is on hiatus due to COVID-19. We look forward to reinstating this music program for children as soon as conditions allow.
An Exciting Musical After School Care Program
The Holy Apostles Choir School is an innovative after-school program for students in second grade and older. Located at Church of the Holy Apostles in Penn Wynne, the Choir School provides quality instruction in sacred music, vocal technique, music performance, and music theory.
Stay tuned for information about day camps during teacher in-service days.
- Rehearsals are from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year.
- After school care, homework help, and transportation assistance are available as needed on rehearsal days.
- Students must be interested in learning vocal technique, music performance, and music theory. Prior singing experience is not required.
- Members of all faith traditions (or none) are welcome. The curriculum focuses on Christian music.
- There is space remaining for 6 additional students for the Spring 2020 semester.
Meet our Director
The Holy Apostles Choir School is directed by Arreon Harley-Emerson. Arreon began singing in children’s choirs at age 7. His love for music and children’s music education is infectious. In addition to the director of HACS, Arreon is the Director of Music and Operations at the Choir School of Delaware in Wilmington, DE.
Arreon graduated with honors from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, with bachelor’s degrees in Music Theory & Composition and Vocal Performance (opera). He received masters of music degrees in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from the University of Delaware.
Arreon has had the opportunity to conduct in venues such as St. Peter’s in Vatican City, The Kimmel Center for the Arts in Philadelphia, and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
Voice for Life Curriculum
We use is the Voice for Life curriculum, 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. The program emphasizes the importance of commitment and responsibility and rewards diligent practice.
Herman Giersch Legacy
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 the 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.