The Cathedral Choir sings Sundays at the 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist, and at evensongs, major feast days, services for the Diocese held in the Cathedral, and other choral services and concert series. 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.
St. James has long been recognized for excellence and leadership in the choral tradition. When it was founded, the parish established what was to become one of the country’s finest and most well-known choirs of men and boys. In 1926, that gave way to a mixed-voice choir of adult voices. Several luminaries of American church music have led the music program at St. James, including Dudley Buck (1869–71), Peter Christian Lutkin (1891–97), Clarence Dickinson (1897–98, 1903–1909), and Leo Sowerby (1927–62), considered to be the “Dean of American church music” for his vast musical output and influential style.
The Cathedral Choir is admired for its musicianship, stylistic integrity, and a beautiful tone. As music leaders in worship, the choir works to support robust congregational singing and offer first-rate sacred choral music which contributes to transcendence in worship. The choir is open to all those who, by audition, demonstrate musical and vocal experience, a love for singing, and the ability to commit to the choir’s rehearsal and liturgical schedule. To discuss your interest in joining the choir, please contact Director of Music Stephen Buzard.