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Music of Miriam, Mary and the Magdalene, 2014-2015

Read more about this year's celebration of music led by women at St. James.

A look back at music for Pentecost...

Michael Brockman, improvising on the Pentecost Introit with the Cathedral Choir, Sunday, June 8, 10:00 am Mass

Michael Brockman moved from the East Coast to Seattle in 1987 to join the UW School of Music faculty. He earned a Master of Music degree with distinction from the New England Conservatory in Boston, a Doctor of Musical Arts from the UW, a bachelor of music degree from Lewis and Clark College, and also attended both the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany. He is the co-founder and lead saxophonist of the award-winning Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and has performed beside Wynton Marsalis, Quincy Jones, Clark Terry, Branford Marsalis, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Benny Carter, Ernestine Anderson, Arturo Sandoval, Ella Fitzgerald, Jon Hendricks, Joe Williams, and many other luminaries of jazz. As both a jazz soloist and a classical recitalist, he has toured throughout Europe and the eastern United States. He is an active professional performer in numerous Seattle ensembles, including more than 200 performances with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and appears on nationally acclaimed recordings with the SSO, Jimmy Heath, and the SRJO. A perpetual student of woodwind acoustics, Brockman is the inventor of a patented device called the "Broctave Key" (U.S. Patent No. 8,314,318 granted Nov. 2012) that provides an additional octave/register vent to any wind instrument.

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 musicoffice@stjames-cathedral.org

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...