“God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises.”
– Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, paragraph 1
Music ministry is an important part of the liturgical life of the Cathedral. Just as Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations rightly demanded by the very nature of liturgy, it is also calls on individuals to participate in music ministry so that these celebrations may be enhanced.
There are a number of ensembles at the Cathedral, offering opportunities for music ministry for all ages.
The Cathedral Choir
The Cathedral Choir provides musical leadership as a group twice a month at the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass (mid September through beginning of June), Christmas and Holy Week and at other special services throughout the year. The choir made up of some 18-25 singers, provides a wide range of liturgical choral music of all periods of the church’s tradition from Gregorian chant through the 20th century. The choir also sings an annual Advent Lessons and Carols during Advent. Membership in the Cathedral Choir is open to singers through audition. Though previous choral experience is not required, it is helpful. The ability to read music is very helpful and desirable. Contact Michael Batcho, Director of Music for more information or to audition at 414/276-9814, ext. 305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathedral Women’s Choir
The Cathedral Women’s Choir provides musical leadership at the 5:15 PM Liturgy on the fourth Saturday of the month (mid September through the end of May), 5:15 Mass on Christmas Eve and 9:00 Mass on Easter Sunday. The choir provides a wide range of liturgical choral music of all periods of the church’s tradition. Membership in the Women’s Ensemble is open to all singers. Though previous choral experience is not required, it is helpful. The ability to read music is very helpful and desirable. Contact Michael Batcho, Director of Music for more information.
Cathedral Men’s Schola
The Cathedral Men’s Schola provides musical leadership at the 11:00 AM Mass on the first Sunday of the month from October through May. The schola provides a wide range of liturgical choral music from all periods of the Church’s tradition, with a special focus on chant and unaccompanied singing. The schola is comprised of men from the Cathedral Choir and adjunct tenors and basses. Membership is open to all interested singers. Though previous choral experience is not required, it is helpful. All members of the ensemble must be able to “match pitch.” Rehearsals are generally held on the last Wednesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Michael Batcho, Director of Music for more information.
Cathedral Handbell Ensemble
The Cathedral Handbell Ensemble is made up of dedicated parishioners and friends of the Cathedral who share their musical talents to enrich the beauty and prayerfulness of our liturgies through the use of handbells and hand chimes. Combining musical skills and teamwork with their desire to praise God through music, the Ensemble rings at the 9:00 AM Sunday liturgy and joins the other parish choirs for Advent Lessons and Carols and Holy Week Liturgies. It is most helpful if prospective ringers have music reading skills in either the treble or bass clef. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 5:45 PM until 7:00 PM. Participation is open to all members of the Archdiocese. For more information contact Sallyanne Hassert, Handbell Director, at SallyanneHassert@stjohncathedral.org or 414-282-8226.
Cathedral Cantors assist the congregation during Cathedral Liturgies & Weddings. Cantors are trained singers and must be able to read music. Contact Michael Batcho, Director of Music for more information or to audition.