Music

Cathedral Choir

The Cathedral Choir sings Sundays at the 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist and other choral services and concerts. Comprising auditioned volunteer and paid professional singers from the cathedral parish and wider community, the choir’s repertoire is rooted in the Anglican cathedral tradition, spanning sacred choral music from the 16th century to the modern era. 

Cathedral Choir School

The St. James Cathedral Choir School begins September 2017. Any child entering grades 3 through 8 may join, regardless of religious affiliation. No prior experience is necessary, and there is no tuition. The only requirement is commitment to the choir’s rehearsal and service schedule. We invite all prospective choristers to come visit St. James and arrange an informal interview with the Stephen Buzard, Director of Music. Email Stephen.

Cathedral Organ

The cathedral organ, recently reduced in size in anticipation of a future full restoration, is principally a 1929 Skinner organ built for the Chicago Civic Opera House, with pipework from the cathedral’s 1920 Austin organ and 1961 Austin transept organ. The console is a 1930 four-manual Skinner console originally from Royce Hall at UCLA. 

Choral Services and Concert Series

St. James Cathedral presents choral services and concerts series of both sacred and secular music throughout the year, performed by outstanding musicians, including Rush Hour Concerts every Tuesday evening in the summer at 5:45 p.m. 

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