The St. James Cathedral Choir is one of Chicago's finest liturgical ensembles. Comprised of 16 professional singers and 16 auditioned volunteers, the cathedral choir sings for the 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist every Sunday, at Evensong on the first Sunday of each month at 4 p.m., and for special services throughout the year. The choir sings concerts, tours, and has been featured on WFMT radio. The Cathedral Choir's repertoire is grounded in the Anglican Choral Tradition and comprises music from ten centuries.
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St. James has long been recognized for excellence and leadership in sacred music. When it was founded, the church established what was to become one of the most well-known choirs of men and boys. In 1926, that gave way to an adult choir of mixed voices. Several leaders of American church music have led the music program at St. James, including Dudley Buck, Peter Lutkin, Clarence Dickinson, and Leo Sowerby, considered to be the “Dean of American church music” for his influential compositions.