Facilities

As a student of the Choral Institute, you will be living and studying in England's oldest University city, among its dreaming spires and cloistered quadrangles. You will be working with some of the world's preeminent thinkers in choral and sacred music and will experience firsthand the treasures of a university for which choral music has been its lifeblood in an unbroken tradition lasting more than 600 years. The faculty will include Oxford University's Professor of Choral Music Dr. Edward Higginbottom and Westminster Choir College's Senior Conductor and prolific author Dr. James Jordan.

Westminster Choir College of Rider University is one of America's most prestigious centers of study for choral music. St Stephen's House is one of the 44 Colleges and Halls that make up the University of Oxford and has a burgeoning Arts program that complements its world-renowned studies in Theology and Education. The partnership between St Stephen's House, Oxford and Westminster Choir College brings a fusion of riches and combines tradition and innovation in a fresh and extraordinary way.

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St Stephens cloister

The Architecture Miracle that is St. Stephen’s House

The Choral Institute at Oxford has as its home the St. Stephen’s House, the worship home of C.S. Lewis.  This architectural gem is known the world over as one of the most important liturgical buildings designed by George Frederick Bodley (1827-1907), the architect of the National Cathedral.  The most important architect of Anglican architecture. St. Stephen’s was designed to facilitate the performance of chant, and was one of the architect’s most personal projects.  This year, Dr. Ayla LePine, Department of Art History, University of Nottingham, and authority on C.F. Bodley and the architecture of St. Stephens will lecture and guide participants to understand the great spaces in which they live and work daily at St. Stephen’s.