As part of the 500th anniversary celebration of St. Teresa of Avila, the Teresian Singers of St. James performed works by Carmelite sister Claire Sokol and internationally reknowned soprano and composer Dolora Zajick.

Click here to see a clip of Dr. James Savage, St. James Cathedral Music Director, directing a virtual choir of Carmelite sisters performing Nada te Turbe by Claire Sokol, OCD, based on text from St. Teresa's historic bookmark.

A look ahead at Choral Music, Summer 2014...

During the summer months St. James continues our year-round focus on the singing of the choir of the assembly. Organists, Psalmists, Cantors and, most importantly, choirs support and lead the singing congregation at Sunday masses.

The American bishops proclaimed in their document Sing to the Lord: “God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises.”

And God is surely present at St. James every Sunday of the year in the singing of his people.

Sundays 10:00 & 12:00 Noon Masses

The professional singers of the Cathedral’s Cantorei support the singing of the congregation’s hymns, responses and acclamations. In addition, our Cantorei “Leads us to the realm of higher things...” (Sing to the Lord) with music spanning a thousand years of sacred music from Gregorian chant and medieval sacred music to new compositions for the mass.

Sunday Evenings 5:30 pm

The sublime voices of the Women of St. James Schola sing Gregorian chants, English chants, and Latin motets for treble voices.

Fridays of summer at 6:30 pm

Taizé Singers provide vocal leadership for the regular 6:30 Friday evening ecumenical prayer with music from Taizé. Any singers interested in participating in this meditative prayer may contact

Choral Highlights Summer 2014

Sunday, June 29 10:00 & 12:00 Noon, The Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

The Cathedral’s professional choral ensemble, the Cantorei, will sing sacred music for the solemnity.

Sunday, July 6

The Cantorei and soloists will sing American music, including Norah Duncan's stirring Gloria, in celebration of Independence Day.

Sunday, July 27 10:00 am & 12:00 noon, Feast of St. James

The renowned Cathedral Choir of St. James leads the assembly in song for our patronal feast in the Jubilee Year of St. James. In addition to congregational hymns, responses and acclamations, the Cathedral Choir will sing Richard Proulx’ beautiful motet The Way of St. James. and the medieval Santiago processional song Nostra phalans.

Sundays of August 12:00 noon

Summer Choir—our annual opportunity for all singers of all capabilities to join the Cantorei in song. Click here for more information.

Monday-Friday, August 11-15, 9:15 am, Choir Camp Morning Praise

Join the choristers in the Schola Cantorum Choir Camp for the Office of Morning Praise in the Cathedral Chapel.

Sunday, August 17 10:00 am, Choir Camp

The Cathedral’s extraordinary children’s choir, the Schola Cantorum, concludes their week-long camp at the 10:00 am Mass.

Friday, September 26, 2014 7:30 pm

Mark Hilliard Wilson, Classical Guitar

St. James Cathedral presents Mark Hilliard Wilson, Cathedral Guitarist in the intimate acoustical setting of the Cathedral Chapel. Suggested donation $15, students and seniors pay as able.

". . .And so, in company with the choirs of Angels, we praise you, and with joy we proclaim:" Every time we assemble for the Eucharistic Liturgy, the texts of the Roman Rite urge us to join our voices to the divine choral music of the celestial city. In an attempt to manifest on earth hints of the heavenly choirs to come, musical resources at St. James Cathedral are focused to an unusual degree on choirs and groups of choirs. At more than 150 services a year, choirs support the choir of the assembly, provide musical commentary on the texts of the Mass, and reveal something of the eternal liturgy in heaven. The fullest image at St. James of this celestial choral adoration is experienced on the Feast of Corpus Christi, when all of the Cathedral choirs join the assembly’s choir, "rank on rank," in the unending hymn: Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus...