Cathedral Music

“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.

Cathedral Ensembles

There are a number of ensembles at the Cathedral, offering opportunities for music ministry for all ages. They include:

The Cathedral Choir
The Cathedral Choir provides musical leadership primarily at the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass (mid September through mid 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 michaelbatcho@stjohncathedral.org.

Cathedral Women’s Choir
The Cathedral Women’s Choir provides musical leadership primarily at the 5:15 PM Liturgy on the fourth Saturday of the month (mid September through the end of May). 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 or to audition.

Cathedral Men’s Choir
The Cathedral Men’s Choir provides musical leadership primarily at the 9:30 AM Mass on the second Sunday of the month from September through May. The choir 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. 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 the first two Thursdays of the month from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Scott Eakins, director, for more information (414/276-9814, ext. 303 or DD: 414/238-2703).

Cathedral Handbell Ensemble
The Cathedral Handbell Ensemble enhances the music of the Cathedral liturgies with their unique sound. The Ensemble rings at the 9:30 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 in the early evening usually from 5:45 PM until 7:00 PM. Participation is open to all members of the Archdiocese. For more information or to join this ensemble, contact Sallyanne Hassert, Cathedral Handbell Ensemble Director.

Cathedral Cantors
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.