Music plays an important role in life at the Cathedral, just as it does in the city of St. John's. Whether it be the powerful organ, the uplifting choir, or the inspirational hymns sung from the Book of Common Praise, music at the Cathedral is sure to enhance your spiritual life.
Service music lists are made for September to June (the choir is not on duty in July and August).
Current Service Music List: the choir is on holiday; lists will resume in September
The Cathedral organ, originally built in 1904, was the only organ in Canada designed by the Englishman Robert Hope-Jones. The organ in its present form is largely the work of Casavant of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, who rebuilt it in 1927. However, some of the pipes remain from the Hope-Jones organ. The organ has four keyboards for the hands, a pedal keyboard for the feet, 52 speaking stops, and approximately 3,600 pipes.
The Cathedral Choir sings each Sunday at 11 am, and on the second Sunday of each month at 7 pm, from September to June, with limited participation during the Summer months. The Choir has an extensive repertoire of pieces and occasionally travels to other churches in the Diocese.
The Cathedral Choir is always looking for new members! We welcome members of any church or denomination who are interested in sharing in our musical worship. The Choir rehearses in the Crypt on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, from the first Wednesday after Labour Day to near the end of June. For more information on the Cathedral Choir, please contact the Musical Director, Sharon Whalen, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children and Youth Choir
The Cathedral has a choir for children and youth under the direction of Ms. Angela Warren. The choir practises on most Sundays from September to June in the Godly Play Room from 9:45 to 10:45. We are following an adapted version of the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life program which includes levels of achievement in singing, music theory and church liturgy and history. Various experience and age levels are welcome. Our younger choristers should be beginning to read well in order to deal with the text of hymns, psalms and anthems. This will vary by child but is often around the age of 8. Please encourage your eligible children, grandchildren and friends to join us! For further information, contact Angela Warren at email@example.com.
Choral and Organ Scholarships (more information can be found here)
The Scholarship Program for choral and organ scholars has supported dozens of students in their academic and church life. Undergraduate and secondary students are eligible for these scholarships, and are expected to attend weekly rehearsals and services.
This very important program would not exist without the constant support of many generous parishioners. We are very grateful for this support and would like to thank all those who have donated to this program through the years. If you are interested in donating to the Choral Scholarship fund, please contact the Cathedral Office.