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Cathedral Singers

The Cathedral Singers are liturgical choir of eight stipendiary Choral Scholars and six volunteers. Altos, tenors, or basses with prior choral experience who would like to join the choir as volunteers are invited to contact Thomas Lloyd, the director of music, to arrange an audition. (At the current time we are unable to add any new sopranos).  Professional singers who are interested in being considered for future openings or for being hired as a substitute are invited to send their materials to Dr. Lloyd at the Cathedral.


The Cathedral Singers sing at the regular 10:00 Sunday morning 10:00 Eucharist, preceded by a warm-up rehearsal at 9:00am and an 11:30-12:30pm rehearsal following the service.  The choir also sings three special musical liturgies throughout the church year involving additional rehearsals.




The Cathedral Singers sing a wide range of repertoire, from both within and beyond the Anglican tradition, ranging from the Renaissance masters to living composers in the classical tradition. Choral arrangements of the African-American spiritual and international music reflecting the diversity of our congregation also have an important place in our repertoire. 

While the Cathedral Singers sing at least one choral anthem for each service, they also play an important role in supporting congregational singing, including unaccompanied unison chanting and part-singing. Our singers do not wear vestments or sit apart from the congregation. The musical participation of the congregation ranges from full-hearted singing of hymns both familiar and new, to contemplative singing of chant and song, to meditative listening to specially prepared sacred masterworks old and new as performed by the choir.



Our service music also encompasses a wide range of styles, drawing frequently from resources such as music from the Taize and Iona communities, Lift Every Voice and Sing, Voices Found, Wonder Love and Praise, and occasionally from contemporary Roman Catholic composers such as Bernadette Farrell.  We choose music with the goal of closely reflecting the scriptural readings for the day and the mood of the liturgical season.

Our special Sunday afternoon musical liturgies seek to broaden our vision of the rich tradition of Anglican Evensong and sung Eucharist.  While always seeking first and foremost to have all the music for these special services closely integrated with the liturgy, we are not afraid to juxtapose music of quite different styles and origins in a way that we hope clarify and heighten the focus of our prayer and contemplation.  Here are some examples of recent special liturgy musical selections:



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