- Mission & Outreach
MUSIC AND THE ARTS AT ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL
From the founding of St. James Church in 1834, music and the arts have been an important and integral part of our worship services and outreach programs. The building itself is a work of art, from the stained glass windows to the elaborate stenciling on the walls and ceiling, to the carved wood of the pulpit, doors and altar rails.
The visual arts, music, dance, and drama help us to express our devotion to God as they transform our worship with sounds and sights. Our Cathedral Choir provides musical leadership for the Cathedral Eucharist on Sunday mornings, for Choral Evensong Services, and for Diocesan Services held at the Cathedral. Their repertoire, rooted in the great Anglican Cathedral tradition, spans sacred works from the 16th Century through 21st Century commissioned works. In 1918, a music series was introduced consisting of organ recitals, chamber works and choral presentations. The tradition continues today with the Cathedral Music Series, the summer-time Rush Hour Concerts, and Music in the Neighborhood. Internationally acclaimed artists from Chicago and around the world perform on these music series.