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.
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.
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.
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.
But we need help from people like you who can help us with your donations. To find out how, visit the section of our website titled “Friends of Escolania”
The most important benefit for the families is that their son will receive a very good education, in a healthy environment. In the Escolania, his musical talent can be developed in a very profound way. But having a child at Montserrat also allows families to get in touch with monks and other families with whom they commune every Sunday. Together they become part of the great Montserrat family.