Classes for the 17th season of the Presbyterian Choir School of New Canaan, 178 Oenoke Ridge Road, begin Wednesday.

Founded by Sean McCarthy in 1998, the school has provided instruction for children and adults in sacred music and theater arts.

Allison Gray, who has had featured roles in local musical theater productions, returns this season as director of the school's Children's Musical Theatre. Last season she directed and choreographed the musical, "Rescue in the Night!" with a cast that included more than 40 young performers.

A major part of the Choir School's instrumental offerings have included instruction in handbells, choirchimes and other percussion instruments.

Returning this fall is the Youth Brass Choir, an ensemble for middle school and high school students directed by Peter Flournoy. Registration is open for young performers from beginners to intermediates who play trumpet, horn, trombone or tuba. The choir performs for services and presents an outdoor carol concert each year on Christmas Eve. Call 203-846-0037 for audition information.

Vocal choirs offered each season include the Cherub Choir (grades preK-2), directed by Sherry Tate, Carol Choir (grades 3-7), and Chrysalis Youth Choir (grades 8-12) directed by McCarthy. These choirs meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons during the school year. Each choir presents monthly anthems at worship services in addition to appearing in concerts and as part of the Children's Musical Theatre programs.

Some choirs and ensembles have a limited enrollment and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For a detailed description and registration information for the 2014-15 season, visit www.fpcnc.org and click on the Choir School link or call 203-966-0002.