The Grace Cathedral Choirs

Music plays a vital role in the worship life of the Cathedral. The choirs of Grace Cathedral provide musical leadership during all sung worship services in the Cathedral. Adults, youth, and children all share their musical gifts leading inspiring congregational hymns and service music along with providing high quality anthems and major choral works from many choral genres and musical periods. The Cathedral is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in America.

Contact Steve Burk, Cathedral Choirmaster, if you would like to join one of the Cathedral’s choirs. To view choir schedules, click here.

The Cathedral Choir (adults and high school students)

Rehearsals: Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m.
Sunday warm-ups at 10 a.m.

The Cathedral Choir sings for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning liturgy and many feast days and Diocesan services. The ensemble also sings for seasonal Choral Evensongs, major works concerts, and other Cathedral musical events. Membership is open to all high school and college students and adults who feel a calling to this ministry. Basic musical literacy is recommended. The choir sings the entire year except August and non-Episcopalians are welcome.

Gentlemen’s Choir (middle, high school and adult men)

Rehearsals: Sundays from 11:45 .m. 12:20 p.m. (Rehearsals follow the 10:30 a.m. service)

The Cathedral Gentlemen’s Choir sings for the 10:30 a.m. service once per month, usually the fourth Sunday.  The Choir sings diverse repertoire from many different genres and centuries, and welcomes anyone who has an interest in singing in this chamber setting. The ensemble sings from mid-September through May. Musical experience is helpful but not necessary and Cathedral membership is not a prerequisite.

Contact Alan Martin for more information.

Cathedral Choristers (4th grade and older)

Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m.

The Cathedral Choristers is a treble choir of girls and boys starting at grade 4 that sings challenging sacred literature of many styles, genres, and languages. The Choristers rehearse from mid-August through mid-May and generally sing on the third Sunday of each month. They also sing for many feast days and Holy Day Services as well as weddings and funerals. Recent spring Choir Tours have included trips to Omaha, St. Louis, Washington D.C. and Atlanta.

Children receive training in music reading, theory, and vocal production. As an affiliate of the Royal School of Church Music in America, Choristers progress through a graded music literacy education program that provides academic challenges and individual rewards.

Social events are also provided for children through the singing year to include pizza parties, bowling, pool parties, and many other fun activities. These events, coupled with excellent musical instruction and a high choral standard, provide a choir program for children and youth which sets the standard of excellence in all we do as a central musical goal. Membership in the Cathedral is not required.

Junior Choir (Kindergarten through 3rd grade)

Rehearsals: Sunday mornings from 9 to 9:25 a.m.
(when Sunday School is in session)

The Junior Choir is a fun music learning experience for younger children. This is the choir where children “find their voice” and learn what it takes to become a member of the Cathedral Choristers. Children sing fun songs, but also learn hymns and service music in the Episcopal tradition. Basic musical skills are taught. The choir sings occasionally for Sunday worship services, but it is primarily a training choir.

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