Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 8:00PM

Highland Consort in Concert

The Cathedral of Saint Paul is once again happy to host Highland Consort, Birmingham's only vocal ensemble specializing in music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Cathedral was privileged to host Highland Consort's debut concert in 2014, and now welcomes the group in association with the Church Music Association of America's Winter Sacred Music Conference (see below for more information). in January 2017. Artistic Director Fred Teardo and the members of Highland Consort have prepared a program featuring the works of William Byrd, including the demanding Mass for Four Voices and the Epiphany suite from the Gradualia. The concert is free, but donations are welcomed. This concert is made possible solely through donations to the Cathedral Music Fund; to help provide for further performances like this, please contact the Director of Music and Organist, Bruce Ludwick, Jr., at or 205.251.1279×107. We look forward to seeing you on the 4th! 

Monday, January 2, 2017—Friday, January 6, 2017

CMAA Winter Sacred Music Conference at the Cathedral of Saint Paul

The Cathedral of Saint Paul is happy to host CMAA Winter Sacred Music in January 2017. This five-day workshop offers participants the opportunity to study chant and polyphony with two of the finest directors in North America, Scott Turkington and Nick Botkins, and hear keynotes from one of the great scholars of Medieval and Renaissance music, Dr. William Mahrt.

Participants will sing for the beautiful liturgies of the Memorial of St. John Neumann (Thursday, January 5, 5:00PM) and the Epiphany of Our Lord (Friday, January 6, 10:00AM: PLEASE NOTE…this is a new time due to the possibility of inclement weather). The Mass on January 5 will be celebrated in the Ordinary form; the Mass on January 6 will be celebrated in the Extraordinary form. Each liturgy will feature Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony, which make up the "treasury of sacred music" praised heartily in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council.

The Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham, will also celebrate Mass for the Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (January 4 at 5:15PM). The Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of St. Paul will provide music, including Rheinberger Mass, Op. 187. Later that evening at 8:00PM, the early music ensemble Highland Consort will present a concert of early music, including Byrd's Mass for Four Voices. 

Participants may also experience Morning and Night Prayer, training in chant and polyphony, and shared meals with fellow musicians on the cathedral grounds.

More information, including details and a secure registration form, can be found at Participation is capped at less than 100 people, so do not delay!  We hope to see you for this wonderful event!

The Sundays of Advent

Sacred Music (4:15PM) and Sung Vespers (Evening Prayer) (5:00PM)

For every Sunday during the season of Advent, we prepare for the Nativity of the Lord by praying Sung Vespers (or Evening Prayer), each of which is preceded by a recital of organ or sacred vocal music. Vespers, which lasts 25-30 minutes, is sung in English and led by the cathedral clergy with musical assistance from one of the choral ensembles of the cathedral. We continue the recent tradition of welcoming the Monks of St. Bernard Archabbey to celebrate Vespers (according to their own liturgical books) with us on one Sunday of the season. Singing is led by the Monastic Choir, while the Cathedral Choir assists with a choral setting of the Magnificat (Canticle of Mary), this year Morales' Magnificat Primi Toni. Please come join us for these prayerful liturgies.

The schedule of recitals and Vespers are as follows: 

Nov. 27: Mark W. Hayes, Assistant Organist, Cathedral of St. Paul; Vespers led by Cantor;

Dec. 4: Bruce Ludwick, Jr. Director of Music and Organist, Cathedral of St. Paul. Vespers with the Monks of St. Bernard Abbey, Cullman, and Cathedral Choir.

Dec. 11: Colin Alexander, Baritone, and Hannah Ellington, Soprano. Vespers with the Cathedral Ladies' Schola.

Dec. 18: Tyler Canonico, Organist & Associate Director of Music, Christ Episcopal Church, Tuscaloosa (former Assistant Organist, Cathedral of St. Paul). Vespers with the Cathedral Men's Schola.