Upper School Arts

Choral

From the over 600 students in Upper School, over 130 participate in one of the Upper School Choirs: Les Chanteuses, Chorale, and Kantorei.Kantorei

Kantorei
Kantorei is the top Upper School Chamber Choir. They sing exclusively a cappella literature. Chosen by audition from the much larger Chorale, this highly select group is approximately thirty members strong, and holds rehearsal for three 45-minute carriers a rotation, with occasional extended weekend and weeknight rehearsals.

Kantorei annually participates in an Independent School Arts Festival as well as a statewide High School Chamber Choir competition where it has consistently received superior ratings. They've opened for the Vienna Boys Choir at Houston's Jones Hall, given Christmas performances at Houston's Alley Theater and Hobby Center, and have sung for the American Jewish Committee's Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony and America's Table Thanksgiving Breakfast. Kantorei has a prolific history of touring internationally, having performed concert tours of Austria and Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Spain, Norway, Italy, and Canada.

Chorale
Chorale is St. John’s larger mixed choir and is made up of approximately 55 singers. This ensemble also holds rehearsal for three 45-minute carriers a rotation but performs primarily accompanied, larger-scale choral works. Along with the Fall and Spring Choral Concerts, Chorale performs at the annual St. John’s Candlelight Concert and Choral-Orchestral Festival, at both venues presenting choral-orchestral major-works accompanied by St. John's Upper School Chamber Strings.

LesChantueses
LesChantueses is St. John’s treble choir and is made up of Class 9 and Class 10 girls. This ensemble also holds rehearsal for three 45-minute carriers a rotation but performs primarily accompanied, larger-scale choral works. Along with the Fall and Spring Choral Concerts, Chorale performs at the annual St. John’s Christmas Candlelight Concert and Choral-Orchestral Festival, at both venues presenting choral-orchestral major-works accompanied by St. John's Upper School Chamber Strings.