Music

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

Archived Music Lists: Here are the music lists for January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, and December.

Organ and Piano

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.

In 2018 we received a generous donation of a baby grand piano. It is used to accompany anthems for which the composer has written a piano rather than an organ score.

Cathedral Choir

The Cathedral Choir sings each Sunday at 11 am, and usually 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 sharonewhalen@hotmail.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.