Your questions answered

What do you have to do in order to enter the Escolania?

What is a day like for a chorister?

What do they study?

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The choristers at Montserrat study the same as boys their own age. However, they create much more music: each boy plays two instruments (the piano and one other instrument of the orchestra); they study music theory, choral music, and orchestral music; and of course, each boy sings in the choir and plays in the orchestra.

How long do the boys remain at the Escolania?

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Most boys enter during the final years of primary school. Their studies at Montserrat end as they begin secondary school, based on the development of their voice.

What is a week like for a chorister?

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Choristers may stay at the Escolania from Monday to Friday. If they want, those who live nearby may go home every day; however, most remain at Montserrat throughout the week.

Each Friday afternoon, the choristers go to their house to be with family and return on Sunday to sing in the Mass and at Vespers in the evening. Sundays here are special – it is a day to be together with family. Most choose to spend the day at Montserrat sharing with each other. Those who wish to, however, may eat at their own homes. Nevertheless, the Parents Association is very active.

What are the choristers like?

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The choristers are boys that are normal in every aspect – they play, laugh, cry, get excited, and get angry. Some are calm while others are mischievous. It’s true that in the Escolania, the students have some characteristics and interests that are not as common for their age: for example, interest in classical music; the love of reading; their courageousness to perform in front of many people; the way they speak with different medias of communication; and one thing that is exceptional – when they sing, they are able to reach the hearts of many. People from all over the world are excited to hear them.

What do they eat?

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The boys have a balanced diet, following the guidance of a nutritionist. Meals are prepared by a team of cooks that create home-style meals. Throughout their stay, the boys are taught to clean their plates without wasting food.
 

Where do the boys come from?

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The choristers mostly come from Catalonia, but in recent years we have found that sometimes one parent comes from a different country.

Benefits for the Family

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Parents of the choristers pay for 20% of their child’s stay in Montserrat. The Department of Education of the Government of Catalonia pays another part. Through the “Fundació Abadia de Montserrat 2025”, there are a few benefactors who also help to pay. The rest, which is the majority, is paid for by the Abbey of Montserrat. No child will leave the school or be denied admittance due to financial strain. The most important thing is to have a good voice and a good aptitude for music.
 

Benefits for the Family

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Each Sunday, families have a place available to park at Montserrat. They have a reserved space for meals, and also enjoy various discounts in the gift shops. The most important benefit is the interaction with the families of the other choristers. Together, this community makes up Montserrat.

Where have the choristers toured?

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They have traveled to many different countries: The United States, Russia, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, China, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, Hungry, Vatican City, Puerto Rico, Holland, Andorra, Luxemburg, United Kingdom, Canada, Monaco, Austria, Israel, and Portugal.