Youth and Children's Choirs

Sara Barton, Director of Children’s and Youth Music Ministries

Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Sara was raised in Miami, Florida. Her first experience in music was playing the xylophone for a school play at age 5, and piano lessons soon followed. She studied both piano and later the organ, and became organist at a local church at age 15. Sara earned a BA from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge where she studied English Literature and served as Organ Scholar. She then returned to Miami and served as organist and handbell director first at Christ the King Lutheran Church (1999-2006), and later at Coral Gables Congregational Church (2006-2008). While in Miami she obtained a Master of Music from Florida International University, whilst also serving as an adjunct professor. Sara has been a music teacher for many years, and currently teaches at École Jeannine Manuel for students at collège level. Sara has lived in France since 2008, and resides in Villejuif with her family.

Youth and Children's Choirs

Lifting a joyful noise unto the Lord through voice and instrument, in praise, prayer, and thanksgiving.

The ACP Youth Music Concert

The youth music program at the American Church in Paris offers activities for children and youth of all ages. Under the direction of Sara Barton, children learn to play handbells and percussion instruments and to develop a solid choral technique through work on contemporary anthems for young voices. They sing or play approximately once a month during worship service. This program has been continually growing for the past several years, reflecting the changing needs and focus of the American Church in Paris.

The goal of the Youth Music Ministry is to uplift the spiritual life of the church community through high quality choral and handbell music, and to provide musical education to singers and players through a structured program.

Each group provides a safe community where children can explore and develop musical literacy and vocal technique, becoming confident participants in worship, bringing themselves and the congregation closer to God.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays (except during school holidays):

  • 13h-13h30     Angel Choir (ages 3-5)
  • 13h30-14h     Junior Choirchimes (ages 6-10)
  • 14h-15h15     Youth Choir (ages 6-18)
  • 15h15-16h     Youth Handbells (ages 10–18)

*Note, ACP has a special Son-Day, Sunday only, choir, for kids who cannot come during the week. More information is below.

Please register below or here.

It is very important that all children regularly attend rehearsals so that we can maintain an energized excitement to our work. If children are frequently missing we will need to spend rehearsal time reviewing old material which will slow down our learning curve and make our participation in worship less effective for ourselves and the congregation. To this end, all interested children are invited to come to a trial rehearsal, but if they decide to participate they will be requested to be present and on time to all subsequent rehearsals. When circumstances prevent attendance they are responsible for informing the director as far in advance as possible, especially when it involves participation in a worship service or concert.

Angel Choir (age 3-5) meets Wednesdays 13h00-13h30

The Angel Choir is designed for children ages 3-5 who will learn to sing, participate in the choir setting and keep basic rhythmic patterns using rhythm instruments. Children will also learn about matching pitch and following the director while enjoying making music together with new friends. The Angel Choir allows children to have fun making music while preparing them (via music activities and games) to participate in the Junior Choir and/or Junior Choirchimes.

The Angel Choir sings in church throughout the school year on select Sundays, approximately 4 times a year, including participation in the Christmas Nativity Pageant and Easter Sunday. Come and join us and make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

Membership in the Angel Choir is available to children ages 3-5. No audition is necessary. The best times to join are September or January, although all are welcome at any time throughout the program year.

Junior Choirchimes (ages 6-10) meets 13h30-14h00

This ensemble offers an opportunity for children ages 6-10 to play music together using our choirchimes. Children learn how to read notes and basic rhythms, and to play hymns and songs. The Junior Choirchimes play in church throughout the school year on select Sundays (including participation in the Christmas Nativity Pageant and Easter Sunday.

Membership in the Junior Choirchimes is available to children ages 6-10. No audition is necessary. The best times to join are September or January, although all are welcome at any time throughout the program year.

Youth Choir (ages 6-18) meets 14h00-15h15

The Youth Choir offers an opportunity for children ages 6-10 to learn songs and hymns, play rhythm instruments and begin learning how to read music. Junior choristers focus on knowledge of basic musical terms, note values and dynamics, vocal production (including posture and breathing), rhythm, pitch and understanding of the different elements of the worship liturgy. They will learn how a choir takes a leadership role during worship, and how to present themselves during worship to help move themselves and the congregation closer to God.

The Youth Choir sings in church throughout the school year on select Sundays (approximately 6 times a year, including participation in the Christmas Nativity Pageant and Easter Sunday.

Membership in the Youth Choir is available to children ages 6-18. No audition is necessary. The best times to join are September or January, although all are welcome at any time throughout the program year.

Youth Handbells (ages 10-18) meets 15h15-16h00

The Youth Handbells focus on more advanced ensemble playing and technique. We prepare music for use in worship while also encouraging growth in general musicianship. The Youth Handbell choir plays our Schulmerich or Malmark handbells on select Sundays (approximately 4 times a year, including participation in the Christmas Nativity Pageant and Easter Sunday.

Membership in the Youth Handbell Choir is available to children ages 10-18. No audition is necessary, although basic knowledge of rhythm is advisable. The best times to join are September or January, although all are welcome at any time throughout the program year.

Son-Day Choir (ages 3-18), meets one Sunday a month

The Son-Day choir rehearses once a month during the Sunday-school hour. This choir is designed for kids who would like to sing, but can't participate on Wednesday afternoons. They will be supported in the rehearsal by members of the Wednesday Children's choirs, and will practice songs that they can sing in church a couple of times during the school year, including at Christmas time, Easter and spring.

If you or someone you know would like information about joining our groups, please contact Sara Barton. Everyone is welcome!

Youth and Children's Choirs 2016-17 Registration Form

Atelier Concerts

  • Atelier Concerts

    Sunday 3 September at 17h
    Free admission, with free-will offering
    2017-18 season begins in September

  • Atelier Concerts

    Sunday 10 September at 17h
    Free admission, with free-will offering
    2017-18 season begins in September

  • Atelier Concerts

    Sunday 17 September at 17h
    Free admission, with free-will offering
    2017-18 season begins in September

  • Atelier Concerts

    Sunday 24 September at 17h
    Free admission, with free-will offering
    2017-18 season begins in September

Autumn 2017 at ACP