The Cathedral invites auditions by singers interested in being considered for staff singer positions for the 2018-2019 program year in its Soprano, Tenor, and possibly Bass-Baritone sections, as well as singers in all voice parts who may be interested in singing as volunteers in the Cathedral Choir or the Cathedral Choir and Schola.
The Cathedral's 12 staff singers form the professional core of the Cathedral Choir (about 60 singers) as well as its chamber ensemble, the Cathedral Schola (about 35 voices), and they also sing regularly for cathedral services by themselves. Due to the limitations of rehearsal time vis-à-vis the large number of choral services, as well as the breadth, volume and difficulty of the repertoire that is routinely employed in services and concerts here, superb music-reading, and sight-reading skills are absolutely essential, in addition to beautiful vocal tone and superior musicianship. Broadly speaking, the Cathedral choirs sing in the style of the Anglican choral tradition. All Cathedral choir members must be comfortable singing without vibrato when it is appropriate to the repertoire; sopranos must consistently sing in this manner. In addition to significant vocal leadership, staff singers are expected to provide kind-hearted, positive encouragement to the auditioned volunteers within their respective sections.
Rehearsals are typically held on Thursdays between Labor Day and Memorial Day, and there are 2-3 calls per Sunday during full season (when Evensong, Choral Eucharists, or Lessons & Carols services are sung weekly at 4 p.m.). Midweek rehearsals cease during the summer months, when just half of the Cathedral Choir sings each Sunday morning. In addition to Sunday services, staff singers provide musical leadership for all special liturgies of the Church year (including All Saints' services, Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Easter Day), for occasional special services as scheduled, and for concerts (typically once or twice a year, often with orchestra).
The Cathedral Choir has toured internationally (most often to England) on several occasions, and its recent recordings for Gothic Records – Into the House and Gate of Heaven (2014) and American Canticle (2016) – have been released worldwide to critical acclaim. Similar activities are envisioned for the future.
To view the complete choral repertoire list for the 2017-2018 season, see stphilipscathedral.org/music.
For recordings of 4 p.m. Sunday choral services, see stphilipscathedral.org/recordings.
For biographies of the Cathedral music staff, see stphilipscathedral.org/musicstaff.
For more information about the Cathedral Choirs, see stphilipscathedral.org/choirs or call the Music Office at 404-365-1050.
To arrange an audition, contact the departmental Coordinator for Music, Timothy Gunter, at 404-365-1050, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018-2019 Cathedral music staff will be:
Dale Adelmann, PhD, Canon for Music
Patrick A. Scott, DMA, Organist & Associate Choirmaster
Jack Mitchener, DMA, Organist & Artist-in-Residence
David FIshburn, Organist Emeritus
Timothy Gunter, Coordinator for Music
Brenda Pruitt, Director of Music for Young Children & Allegro Choir