All Saints’ Cathedral Choir

Sep 23, 2011     Category: Music

The Cathedral Choir

Choral music has always been central to the liturgy at Anglican cathedrals.  The Cathedral Choir at All Saints’ continues in that tradition, singing some of the greatest church music written across five centuries at the Choral Eucharist every week, Evensong every first Sunday of the month, ordinations as they arise, and special services on High and Holy days throughout the year. 

Among the most loved choral services at All Saints’ are the Lessons and Carols for Advent and the midnight mass on Christmas Eve, when the choir is joined by a brass quintet.  Holy Week—that is, Palm Sunday to Easter Day—is especially busy for the choir.  We sing services for Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday (the Great Vigil), Easter Sunday morning (again joined by the brass quintet), and, finally, Evensong on Easter Sunday night.

Through our music we help to create an act of worship—a drama through which all participants offer prayer and celebration as a gift of beauty to God. 

Call for Choristers

Currently, the choir consists of a small but skilled and dedicated group of men and women.  Several of these have been members for over twenty years.  In fact, one began when he was six years old, under the previous director, Hugh Bancroft. Newcomers, however, are always welcomed with warmth and camaraderie and now outnumber the old-timers. 

Requirements

We are always looking for capable and committed singers. Singers need a good voice, a good ear, and the ability to sight-read or to learn music very quickly.  Because our choir tends to be small, and because music is integral to the services we sing, commitment from every singer is essential.  Ours is a busy and challenging choir.  If that is what you are looking for, we may be the choir for you.  If you have monastic leanings and long to express them through consistent sung ritual, we may be the choir for you. 

Benefits

  We sing twice a week (rehearsal and Choral Eucharist), sometimes more, without ever worrying about fund-raising. 

  We sing some of the most beautiful music ever written, including polyphonic masses and motets of the Renaissance (e.g., Palestrina, Victoria, Tallis, Byrd) in a wonderful acoustic space.

  We work under the gifted musicianship of Jeremy Spurgeon and with other excellent musicians (including, at times, professional guests).

  Your musical skills—especially tuning and sight-reading—will improve rapidly.

  You will experience the thrill of singing services here: a formal liturgy bursting with choral music, the magnificent Casavant organ, and unexpected and satisfying challenges.  As one of our long-timers has said, “Some people sky dive.  I sing in the Cathedral Choir.”

FAQs

When do you rehearse?

Thursday evenings (7:00-9:00) as well as immediately before every service we sing (e.g., Sunday mornings at 10:00 for the Choral Eucharist at 11:00)

Do you break for the summer?

  We break for four to six weeks, usually during July-August. 

Must I be a member of the Anglican church to sing in the choir?

No.  We welcome everyone who cares passionately about music and is willing to commit to the discipline of singing in a cathedral choir.

How do I join?

The director will probably ask you to audition (usually a simple task of singing a few verses of a hymn).   If you would like to arrange an audition or learn more about the choir, please contact Jeremy Spurgeon.

          By phone:  780-421-1263

            By email: cathedralmusic@hotmail.com

 

In your email, please write a line or two about your musical experience—and be sure to include your phone number. 

 

More informally, if you already attend All Saints’, you can catch Jeremy or a choir member in the Cathedral Common after the service. 

 

We look forward to singing with you!

 

 

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