St. Nicholas Choristers seeks new voices at St. Peter’s in Del Mar


The St. Nicholas Chorister program, part of the music program at Del Mar’s St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, will begin its new season Sept. 10. Since many schools have cut or drastically reduced their music programs, the Chorister program is perfect for those who would like solid music instruction and to develop lifelong music and leadership skills.

The St. Nicholas Choristers is open to children ages 7 to 16, regardless of music experience or religious affiliation. The program follows the Voice for Life chorister training scheme and is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music, America. The choir focuses on the great choral repertoire ranging from William Byrd and Thomas Tallis to Benjamin Britten, as well as contemporary music.

In addition to starting each rehearsal with 10 minutes of music theory instruction, singers are pulled out of rehearsal and receive 30-minute individual voice lessons twice a month.

Prospective choristers and parents are asked to schedule a meeting with Keith Sattely, St. Peter’s director of music, before the first rehearsal. Registration fees are $100 per child per semester (September-December and January-June), with a discount rate for siblings of $75. Choral scholarships are available for those needing assistance.

The first rehearsal will be in the St. Peter’s Music Room from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 10 with a snack break. Regular rehearsals will be Wednesdays at the same time and place. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is at 334 14th St., Del Mar, one block east of Highway 101.

For information, contact Music Director Keith Sattely at To learn more about the Music Program of St. Peter’s Church, visit and click on Music at St. Peter’s.