The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Friends of Cathedral Music


Click here to become a Friend of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip.
Note: several donor categories include Patron level concert seating (see details below).

The mission of Friends of Cathedral Music is “to enrich the life of the Cathedral of St Philip and the broader Atlanta community through the promotion of music to the glory of God.” It does this by facilitating and helping to underwrite expenses related to the Cathedral choirs’ presentation of sacred choral masterworks that exceed the normal bounds of the Cathedral’s rich liturgical life, and by sponsoring concerts by nationally and internationally renowned ensembles and solo artists in our beautiful sacred space. Occasionally Friends of Cathedral Music also commissions new musical settings of liturgical texts, thus enriching the sacred music repertoire available to the church at large, and contributing to the ongoing legacy of the Cathedral in Atlanta and the world we serve.

This season we are especially delighted to begin a new artists-in-residence relationship with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, which will present three sets of concerts featuring delightful and rarely performed baroque repertoire as it would have been heard in subscription concert series in Leipzig, London, and Paris during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On two of these occasions the ABO will be joined by our own chamber choir, the Cathedral Schola, presenting odes to St Cecilia (patron saint of music) by Purcell and Handel, and a grand motet by Michel-Richard Delalande.

The full Cathedral Choir will join forces with orchestra to offer Maurice Duruflé’s beloved Requiem in a service of remembrance on All Saints’ Sunday, and will perform in concert twice this season. We invite you to support their Choir pilgrimage fundraising concert in February, when they will offer a preview of repertoire to be sung while serving as choir-in-residence at Salisbury and Durham cathedrals next summer. In May the Cathedral Choir will a collaborate with world-renowned organist David Briggs in a performance of his virtuosic transcription of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” for organ; his performances of this beloved masterpiece have received rave reviews from critics the world over. Also in the spring, we are pleased to present one of England’s finest choirs of men and boys, the renowned and much recorded Choir of New College, Oxford. To conclude the season, as part of the Atlanta Summer Organ Festival 2017, we are honored to welcome American organist David Hurd, who will display the majesty of the Cathedral of St Philip’s magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ.

Music at the Cathedral of St Philip is able to exist at all because of the generous pledges made by members and friends of the Cathedral to its annual operating budget. We invite you to consider supporting Friends of Cathedral Music above and beyond your pledge. Annual membership in Friends of Cathedral Music is open to all by donation. Friends of Cathedral Music donors are acknowledged in the printed programs of events sponsored by the Friends and receive an invitation to an annual donor reception.

For the 2016-2017 season, we are delighted to announce that donors at the Saint, Seraphim, and Archangel levels will receive Patron tickets with preferred seating* to select concerts, according to the category of patronage.

Individual Donor levels are:

Saint: $1,000 and above

Seraphim: $750-999

Archangel: $500–749

Angel: $250–499

Guarantor: $100–249

Patron: $50–99

Donations may be made online or by check (payable to “The Cathedral of St Philip,” and designated in the memo line for “Friends of Cathedral Music”). We encourage you to use the donor envelope included in the annual music season brochure to indicate how you wish your name to be credited in our concert programs and to select any patron tickets to which you may be entitled.

Patron tickets may also be purchased separately for any of the four choral concerts underwritten by Friends of Cathedral Music in our 2016-2017 series, using the envelope contained in the annual music season brochure, and online via links found on our concerts page, and from the Cathedral Book Store at 404-237-7582.

(*Patron tickets for concerts entitle the bearer to unreserved seats in the preferred seating section of the Cathedral nave, which will be held until ten minutes prior to each concert, after which vacant seats will be released to other ticketed concertgoers.) Corporate donations are also welcome; information may be obtained from Timothy Gunter, Coordinator for Music, by emailing  or by telephone at (404) 365-1050.

Members of Friends of Cathedral Music who wish to supplement their financial contribution with donations of time and talent are welcome to join in providing hospitality to visiting artists and audiences, or to participate in audience development with the object of transcending boundaries of demographics and faith.


Friends of Cathedral Music Board 2017–2018

Susan Carlisle, President
Karl Sachsenmaier, Vice President
Timothy Gunter, Coordinator for Music, Secretary
James Hawkins, Treasurer
Dr. Emile T. Fisher, Assistant Treasurer
Dale Adelmann, Canon for Music
David Fishburn, Associate Organist-Choirmaster
Patrick A. Scott, Assistant Organist-Choirmaster

  • John Beane
  • Ian Bond
  • Julie Bond
  • Rod Bunn
  • J. Franklin Clark
  • Joan Gilbert
  • Nellie Holleman
  • Marion Hopkins
  • Lowell Jacks
  • Bill Kinsey
  • Rose Maddrey
  • Penelope Malone
  • Laurin McSwain
  • Mary Mercer
  • Barbara Day Miller
  • Cheryl Mullins
  • Kimberly Nogi
  • Lewis T. Park
  • Sally Hogsette Patton
  • William E. Pennington
  • Mary Perrin
  • Nigel Richardson
  • Marjorie Singley-Hall
  • George Watson
  • Buddy Weston
  • Dr. W. Hamilton Williams III
  • Anne Young

Click here to become a Friend of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip.