The choir has achieved an exceptionally high standard of singing,
largely thanks to the method of training the voices, The Voice of the Singer Child, developed by
P.Ireneu Segarra, it has been widely adopted in Spain, Italy and France, and is used by the Vienna
Boys Choir and the Regensburger Domspatzen.
The College bears the title of the oldest conservatoire in
Europe; in addition to voice training and singing technique its pupils are given a thorough training in at least
two instruments, and take courses in theory music, sometimes including composition.
The boys, who are carefully handpicked, enter the Escolania
at the age of nine/ten.
In addition to music their training includes the last four
years of elementary school work, and closes with recognised high qualifications.
The most gifted musicians in Catalonia have passed through
Montserrat, and throughout the whole course of the College's history the finest composers have acted as teachers.