The current season of Cathedral Choir began rehearsing on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 and concludes in June. New members are always welcomed at the discretion of the Director of Music, but are ideally auditioned during the Summer months in preparation for the resumption of rehearsal in August.
The Cathedral Choir is a choral ensemble of men and women high school age and older who support the liturgical worship of the cathedral parish through musical leadership and presentation of the “treasury of sacred music”. It strives, in both quality of repertoire and execution, to model the high standard directed by the Second Vatican Council (cf., Sacrosanctum concilium, 114). In accord with the tradition of the Church, the repertoire of the choir consists chiefly of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony, as well as worthy examples of modern sacred music in Latin and vernacular languages.
The Cathedral Choir also serves for all pontifical liturgies and for other liturgies of special emphasis in the Diocese that occur at the Cathedral. Membership is by audition only, but new members are welcomed at all times. Members need not be Catholic, but must be able to read music (and be open to learning Gregorian notation) and should have a love of the repertoire that traditionally supports Catholic worship.
A typical week for a Cathedral Choir member (from roughly September until the feast of Corpus Christi) consists of the following:
- At-home practice: ca. one hour per week
- Weekly rehearsal on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30pm
- Sunday Sung Mass at 11:00am, with 10:00am “call time”; repertoire includes Gregorian chant “propers” as well as motets/anthems and occasional polyphonic movements of the Ordinary of Mass
For more information, or if you are interested in joining this group of dedicated and cordial individuals, please contact the Director of Music, Mr. Bruce Ludwick, Jr., at Ludwick@stpaulsbhm.org or (205) 251-1279 x107.