Known as one of the country’s pre-eminent boys’ choirs, the St. Mark’s Choir of Men and Boys sings for many beloved and long-standing traditions of the St. Mark’s community, including monthly services of Choral Evensong in the Anglican choral tradition, the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, Baccalaureate, and daily chapel services during the academic term. Under the direction of Organist and Choirmaster Glenn Stroh, the Choir performs music which spans centuries in a variety of styles and languages. Vocal training begins with a preparatory curriculum in the Lower School and continues through Middle and Upper School. The Choir has been affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music since 1951, allowing singers the opportunity to earn medals of distinction for their achievements. Choristers develop a seriousness of purpose and discipline that allows them to perform demanding music at the highest level. The boys receive professional musical training which includes instruction in musical notation, musical style, a study of the lives of composers, and a foundation in healthy vocal technique that is designed to last them for a lifetime of singing. The Upper School Choir, under the direction of Tinsley Silcox, participates in the annual ISAS Fine Arts Festival, Texas Private School Music Education Association events, and other performances in the Dallas area in addition to their activities with the full St. Mark’s Choir.
Several renowned composers have composed music for the St. Mark’s Choir, including Gerre Hancock, Joel Martinson, and Gerald Near. The Choir is regularly invited to perform in-residence at some of the oldest and most famous cathedrals around the world as part of their biennial international tours. In addition to the United Kingdom, recent tours have included South Africa and Canada.