Choirs at the Cathedral
The Cathedral of St. Philip is well known for its broad tradition of choral music ministry. Its choirs offer music ranging from plainchant, European continental masterworks and the Anglican tradition, to African-American Spirituals, music of the Episcopal and other American worship traditions, and premières by living composers. 50 volunteer singers, 12 professional Cathedral Singers, 35 choristers (children), two Organists, and the Canon for Music provide choral music and vocal leadership for approximately 160 regularly scheduled Cathedral services 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 adult volunteers and professional singers. The Choir sings for the 11:15 a.m. service each Sunday, for the 8:45 a.m. service once a month, and for special services as assigned throughout the liturgical year. In addition the Cathedral Choir presents major sacred masterworks annually, most often with orchestra. The Cathedral Choir has toured to the United Kingdom many times, most recently in August 2017 when it served as choir-in-residence to sing daily choral services for a week each at Salisbury and Durham cathedrals. In July 2021 the Choir will return to England to serve as choir-in-residence at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, and at Winchester Cathedral. The Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Schola have released several compact discs on Gothic Records, including Into the House and Gate of Heaven (2014) and American Canticle (2016); its next disc (of Christmas music from the Cathedral) is slated to be recorded 2019. Rehearses Thursdays, 7:00 to 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. Audition required.
The Cathedral Schola is a highly skilled chamber choir of auditioned singers selected from the ranks of the Cathedral Choir, often with additional members who serve as directors of music in other parishes. Its primary responsibility is to sing the Cathedral's 4:00 p.m. choral services from the Sunday after Labor Day to the Sunday prior to Memorial Day, and other feast and fast days as assigned. Sunday afternoon choral services are typically Evensong, but occasionally a fully Choral Eucharist in observance of a special feast day or services of Lessons & Carols are substituted. In recent years the Schola has collaborated regularly with the Cathedral's artists-in-residence, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, to present major sacred masterworks in concert. Rehearses Thursdays, 8:40 or 9:00 to 9:45 p.m. Audition required.
Our choral program for children beginning in the third grade, for boys to voice change and for girls through high school. The training scheme is based on that of the Royal School of Church Music, and aims to nurture Christian community and the musical skills necessary to reach the highest levels of excellence in sacred choral performance.
Rehearsals for Choristers take place on Mondays and Wednesdays during the academic year. It is possible for children to participate in Choristers on either or both days.
Click here to register your child (grade 3 and up) or youth for the Chorister Program.
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. Rehearses Mondays 5:00-6:15 p.m. and/or Wednesdays, 6:00-7:20 p.m.
St. Cecilia Choristers
For choristers who have earned their light 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 5:00-6:15 p.m. and/or Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Allegro – music for young children
For children from birth through the 2nd grade. The Allegro choir, consisting of Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders, sings for half a dozen services each year, including the annual Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve. Meets Wednesday afternoons. Click here to learn more about the program, or contact Timothy Gunter, Coordinator for Music, at 404-365-1050 or email@example.com..