Choirs at the Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Philip is well known for its broad tradition of choral music ministry. Some 40 adult volunteer singers, 12 staff singers, 25 choristers (children and youth), and three volunteer organists, along with our Organist and Artist-in-Residence, Organist and Associate Choirmaster, and Canon for Music provide music for approximately 225 Cathedral services and 75 weddings and funerals each year.
For more details about joining a choir at the Cathedral or to arrange an audition, contact Timothy Gunter, Coordinator for Music, at 404-365-1050 or tgunter@cathedralATL.org.
The Cathedral Choir is an auditioned group of approximately 40 volunteers and 12 professional singers which sings for the 11:15 a.m. service each Sunday, for the 8:45 a.m. service once a month, and for various special liturgies throughout the liturgical year. The Cathedral Choir typically presents a major sacred choral work with orchestra each season, and has undertaken pilgrimages to England to serve as choir-in-residence at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and the cathedrals in Canterbury, Coventry, Durham, Salisbury, and St. Patrick’s in Dublin, Ireland. Future pilgrimages to England are being planned. Rehearses are Thursdays, 7–8:30 or 9 p.m. Auditions are required. To audition, contact the music office at music@cathedralATL.org or 404-365-1050.
The Cathedral Schola is a highly skilled chamber choir of auditioned singers selected from the Cathedral Choir. The Schola sings Evensong, Choral Eucharists, and services of Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m. on most Sundays September through May, and collaborates regularly with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, who are entering their fourth season as artists-in-residence. Together with the Cathedral Choir, they have recorded three compact discs for Gothic Records which are available internationally via Gothic's distribution agreement with Naxos. Rehearsals are Thursdays following the Cathedral Choir rehearsal. Auditions are required. To audition, contact the music office at music@cathedralATL.org or 404-365-1050.
The Cathedral Chorister program is a broadly conceived educational opportunity for children that integrates musical training and Christian formation while nurturing development of the whole person. The Chorister program is open to boys in third grade to voice change, and to girls in third grade through high school. Novices and junior choristers sing for the 8:45 a.m. service once or twice a month and St. Cecilia choristers sing twice a month, typically with members of the Cathedral Singers (staff singers). All choristers sing for special services on All Saints’ Sunday, Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter Day, and join with the Cathedral Schola to sing Choral Evensong once a season. Rehearsals are on Monday and/or Wednesday evenings, from the end of August to early May. For more information, contact Dr. Caroline Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-365-1050.
Rehearsals for Choristers take place on Mondays and/or Wednesday evenings, and individualized training sessions are offered on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30. It is possible for children to participate in Choristers on either day, but are encouraged to attend both.
Junior Choristers & New Members
For any new chorister and for choristers working toward their white surplice or light blue RSCM ribbon. These choristers will join with the St. Cecilia Choristers to usually sing twice a month at 8:45 a.m., and for special services including St. Francis Sunday, All Saints' Sunday, the Christmas Eve Pageant, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and the Easter Vigil. Rehearsals are Mondays 5–6:15 p.m. and/or Wednesdays, 6–7:20 p.m.
St. Cecilia Choristers
This group is for choristers who have earned their dark blue RSCM ribbon and have demonstrated the ability to work at a quicker pace and on more challenging repertoire. The St. Cecilia Choristers join with the Junior Choristers to sing twice a month at the 8:45 a.m. service., and for special services including St. Francis Sunday, All Saints' Sunday, the Christmas Eve Pageant, Maundy Thursday, and the Easter Vigil. They also sing for services by themselves and join the Cathedral Schola for Evensong at times throughout the year. Rehearses Mondays 5–6:15 p.m. and/or Wednesdays, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
Tuesday Training Sessions
On Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Choristers have the opportunity to attend individualized training sessions in which they can focus specifically on musicianship skills and vocal training. These sessions will be structured around the child’s individual level and abilities, and it will help them to achieve the next RSCM ribbon in their progression. Cathedral Staff Singers will be present to enrich these sessions, particularly in the realm of vocal technique.
Allegro – music for young children
The music and children’s ministries departments jointly sponsor Allegro: Music for Young Children and the Allegro Choir for kindergarten, first, and second grades for our pre-chorister-age youngsters. Using play, movement, singing, and musical instruments, children develop musical skills and an appreciation for music. The program is divided into groups by age, from birth through second grade. Contact Timothy Gunter, Coordinator for Music, at 404-365-1050 or tgunter@cathedralATL.org for more information.