St. Michael's Choir School creates an environment that allows each student to live the motto upon which the School was founded: He who sings, prays twice. Music is woven into the fabric of life at the Choir School, where the vocal program is fully integrated into the daily schedule. Students have choral classes every day, in addition to theory and private piano lessons. The Junior Choir consists of boys in Grade 5&6 and they participate in regular weekly choral Masses at St. Michael’s Cathedral-Basilica. The commitment to sacred music that characterizes St. Michael’s Choir School provides students with a deep sense of the beauty and joy of the Catholic spiritual tradition, and helps them mature in their faith.
MARIA CONKEY conducts the Junior Choir at St. Michael’s Choir School. An experienced conductor, clinician and pedagogue, Ms. Conkey is a graduate of Memorial University and the University of Alberta, where she studied choral conducting under the direction of Dr. Debra Cairns and Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff. She has worked with internationally acclaimed conductors such as Maria Guinand, Jon Washburn and Fred Sjoberg. Ms. Conkey was most recently the Director of the award-winning senior choirs at St. Bonaventure’s College in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Choral Director and the Basilica of St. John the Baptist and the Artistic Director of the St. John’s Choir. She has also worked with Shallaway - Newfoundland Youth in Chorus and several children’s, youth and adult choirs, including the Alberta Youth Choir and the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers.