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Inaugural Organ Recital

Organ Recital

The recital on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 4:00pm will feature three acclaimed organ recitalists: Tyrone Whiting (Director of Music at St. Martin-in-the-Field, Philadelphia), Clara Gerdes (Music Director at Most Holy Redeemer and the Nativity Parish in New York City) and Jeffrey Brillhart (Director of Music at Fine Arts at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, and a member of the organ faculty at Yale School of Music). The recital will be open to the public without charge, with donations accepted at the door (suggested $20). This recital is presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Cathedral Music Overview

SingersEvensongBlessed with a sacred space with sublime acoustics for vocal and instrumental music, we celebrate the sacred gift of music at the Cathedral in many ways. Our Sunday morning liturgies involve extensive congregational singing supported by a professional-core choir.  Our choir blends in with the congregation on Sunday mornings, encouraging even people who never really thought they could sing before to find the prayerful beauty of plainchant and hymns in a variety of styles. (When you turn around to someone and say, “you should be in the choir!” chances are they are already one of our singers!)

The Cathedral Singers also sing contemplative and celebratory anthems from the rich Anglican tradition and beyond, including the African American Spiritual and sacred jazz. Our Singers are also heard at Sunday afternoon evensongs throughout the year, during Holy Week and on liturgical Holy Days, and at diocesan ordinations and special services.

The Singers currently rehearse before and after Sunday morning 10:00 services (at 9:00 before and 11:30-12:30 after). Volunteer singers with music-reading experience are encouraged to contact Director of Music, Thomas Lloyd by email or informally after worship about joining the choir.

A complete listing of the anthems that have been sung in worship is maintained on our website.

Our inviting and flexible space has also inspired a number of Philadelphia-based music ensembles to regularly perform here, including groups like The Crossing, Piffaro, The Mendelssohn Club, Choral Arts Philadelphia, sometimes in elaborate multi-media productions made possible by the flexibility of our space.  Information about space rental can be found on our website or by contacting the Director of Operations, Lynn Buggage.

The organ of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral contributes its own unique flavor to our worship.