St. Mary’s Choirs

Nurturing a Love of Music

The choirs of St. Mary’s International School seek to nurture a love of music among their members, with a mission to promote community service and global awareness. Students have the opportunity to rehearse and perform the world’s great classical choral works as well as light, popular works.

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Students under the direction of the choir master
Student singing from sheet music
Students in St. Mary's hoodies in choir rehearsal

Elementary School

St. Mary’s Elementary Choir includes 47 singers from Grades 3 through 5. They rehearse weekly and perform at the Elementary Choral Festival, the Spring Luncheon and the Spring Concert.


Middle School

The Middle School boasts three choirs:

  • the 32-voice Grade 6 Middle School Choir, where members gain basic choral skills in two- and three-part singing;
  • the 41-member Grade 7 Middle School Choir;
  • and the 41-member Grade 8 Middle School Choir.

These choirs participate in the Middle School Choral Festival and also perform at the St. Mary’s Christmas and Spring Concerts, as well as at various assemblies throughout the school year. Handbell Choir is also offered as a semester performing ensemble.


High School

The St. Mary’s Handbell Choir was one of the founding members of the Japan Handbell Association nearly 50 years ago. The bell choir has performances throughout the Tokyo area as well as overseas. They have participated in the Heritage Festivals, receiving numerous gold awards for their outstanding performances.

The St. Mary’s Men’s Choir is a non-auditioned group of 115 students from Grades 9-12. In past years, the group has participated in the Heritage Festivals and Pacific Basin Music Festival, where they have received highest rankings, along with the St. Mary’s Varsity Ensemble.

The Varsity Ensemble is St. Mary’s auditioned vocal group that has participated in American Choral Directors Association division and national conventions as well as numerous choral festivals, including the Budapest Choral Competition and Heritage Festival, and the Festival of Gold. They have performed at the opening of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools convention as well as at the International School of Bangkok and the NIST International School. This past summer, they were invited to perform at the Australia National Choral Association Choralfest and the Pemulwuy Men’s Choir Festival in Brisbane.


Joint Extra-curricular Activities

The International Show Choir is an auditioned mixed choir that performs classical in addition to choreographed popular music. Students from Seisen International School and the International School of the Sacred Heart also participate in this 32-voice ensemble. In the past, the group has received top gold ratings at the Heritage Festival as well as at the Festival of Gold.

For the past 35 years, the joint-production Spring Musical has featured such classics as Oklahoma, West Side Story, and The King and I, in addition to contemporary musicals including Into The Woods, Little Shop of Horrors and Seussical. Students from Seisen International School, International School of the Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s International School put on the yearly spring production.