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
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
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 assemblys choir, "rank on rank," in the unending hymn:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus...