Music & Choirs
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Through music in our liturgies, we as the community of All Souls proclaim our corporate praise and unity as Christians gathered in one body. Participation in the Word both spoken and sung has the capacity to nourish and transform us into a people prepared to do God's reconciling work in the world.
All Souls parishioners and friends are invited to consider taking part in our cathedral music program by singing in one of our ensembles, playing a musical instrument, or by supporting the special services and concerts that occur throughout the year. Please take a few moments to review the opportunities that are listed here and consider your place in the ministry of music. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions.
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You can view the current Choir Schedules online to find rehearsal times. The Cathedral Choir and the Children's Choir schedules are posted and updated for your reference.
Boys and girls in grades 3 through high school are welcome.
Rehearsals consist of anthem learning, hymn singing, liturgy training, and all around fun! Choristers explore the rich heritage of musical styles in the Episcopal Church, examine the various symbols and traditions of the liturgical year, and learn how to participate more confidently in the worship of their church. The St. Cecilia Choir will occasionally be joined by members of the Cathedral Choir to sing four-part music!
Boys and girls in grades 1 and 2 are welcome.
The half-hour rehearsals consist of voice building and note reading exercises. Through musical games and echo-singing, choristers build musical confidence and "find their voice." The St. Nicholas Choir learns music by rote and sings from memory. As a result, choristers are not expected to be able to read music or words. The goal of the St. Nicholas Choir is to prepare choristers to participate fully in the worship of the church, and to move confidently into the St. Cecilia Choir.
Continuing this Fall, the Motet Choir will sing once a month at both 9 and 11:15 services and at the 7:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve, and will rehearse on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. It will be open to anyone from the Cathedral Choir who wishes to participate on any given month. For instance, if a chorister wishes to sing the motet in September, then he or she comes to the allotted rehearsals for that particular piece. In other words, you are welcome to participate one month (or 2 or 3), but not have to commit to all of the performances.
High school, college and adult singers are welcome.
The Cathedral Choir warmly invites anyone who enjoys singing to consider taking part. If interested, please call Kyle Ritter, Organist/Choirmaster, at church (274-2681).
The Cathedral Choir sings a rich and varied repertoire of choral music, from plainchant and Renaissance motets to anthems by contemporary composers. On occasion, the choir performs large-scale compositions with orchestra. Throughout the year there are special musical opportunities such as the All Souls Service and Taizé liturgies. Read about the Taizé Community and learn the songs.
The chancel organ, installed in 1971 by the Casavant Organ Company of Canada, is composed of three manual divisions and pedal. The older antiphonal organ over the front door contains a composite of older pipe work including a four-foot flute rank saved from the original 1896 Geo. S. Hutchings Organ. The chancel and antiphonal organs together comprise fifty five ranks with almost three thousand pipes in six divisions--all controlled from the recently restored and updated three manual console located in the chancel.