Choirs at the Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Philip has a comprehensive sacred choral music ministry, offering music that ranges from plainchant, European Continent masterworks, and the Anglican tradition, to African-American Spirituals and premières by living American composers.
50 volunteer singers, 35 choristers (children), several volunteer Mikell Chapel organists, together with 12 staff singers, the Assistant Organist-Choirmaster, Associate Organist-Choirmaster, and Canon for Music provide music for more than 300 regularly scheduled Cathedral liturgies each year, as well as approximately 75 weddings and funerals.
To join a choir, contact Timothy Gunter, Coordinator for Music, at 404-365-1050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allegro – music for young children
For children from birth through the 2nd grade. The Allegro choir, consisting of Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders, sings for half a dozen services each year, including the annual Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve. Meets Wednesday afternoons. Click here to learn more about the program, or contact Timothy Gunter, Coordinator for Music, at 404-365-1050 or email@example.com..
Our choral program for children beginning in the third grade, for boys to voice change and for girls through high school. The training scheme is based on that of the Royal School of Church Music, and aims to nurture Christian community and the musical skills necessary to reach the highest levels of excellence in sacred choral performance.
In 2014 we doubled the options for children and youth to participate in the Chorister program by adding Monday rehearsal times to the continuing Wednesday rehearsals. It is possible for children to participate in Choristers on either or both days. Chorister rehearsals for the coming season will begin on Wednesday, August 30 and Monday, August 28, 2017.
Click here to register your child (grade 3 and up) or youth for the Chorister Program.
For girls 6th-12th grade and boys 6th grade through voice change. The Senior Choristers typically sing twice a month at 8:45 a.m., and for special services including All Saints' Sunday, the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Pageant and 8:30 p.m. Festival Eucharist, Maundy Thursday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter day at 8:45. Rehearses Mondays 5:00-6:15 p.m. and/or Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
For boys and girls in 4th and 5th grades. The Junior Choristers sing with the Senior Choristers twice a month at 8:45 a.m., and for special services including All Saints' Sunday, the Christmas Eve Pageant, Maundy Thursday, and the Easter Vigil. Rehearses Mondays 5:00-6:15 p.m. and/or Wednesdays, 6:00-7:20 p.m.
For boys and girls in 3rd grade. They typically sing with all of the Choristers twice a month at the 8:45 a.m. Sunday service, and for special services including All Saints' Sunday, the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Pageant, and the Easter Vigil. Rehearses Mondays 5:00-6:15 p.m. and/or Wednesdays, 6:00-7:20 p.m.
The Cathedral Choir is an auditioned group of adult volunteers and professional singers. The Choir sings for the 11:15 a.m. service each Sunday, for the 8:45 a.m. service once a month, and for special services as assigned throughout the liturgical year. The Cathedral Choir presents major sacred masterworks in concert annually, most often with orchestra. The Choir has toured to the United Kingdom many times, most recently in August 2017 when it served as choir-in-residence to sing daily choral services for a week each at Salisbury Cathedral and Durham Cathedral. Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Schola's first recording for Gothic Records, Into the House and Gate of Heaven, was released internationally by Naxos in 2014, and their second, An American Cancticle, was reheased in 2016. Rehearses Thursdays, 7:00 to 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. Audition required.
The Cathedral Schola is a highly skilled chamber choir of auditioned singers selected from the ranks of the Cathedral Choir, typically with a few additional members who serve as directors of music in other parishes. Its primary responsibility is to sing the Cathedral's 4 p.m. choral services from the Sunday after Labor Day to the Sunday prior to Memorial Day, and other feast and fast days as assigned. Sunday 4 p.m. choral services are typically Evensong, but occasionally a fully Choral Eucharist is sung in observance of a special feast day, or services of Lessons & Carols are substituted. Rehearses Thursdays, 8:40 or 9:00 to 9:45 p.m. Audition required.