The Cathedral has two principal choirs who sing at the Sunday liturgies. The Cathedral Choristers sing at the 9:00 AM service and the Cathedral Choir sings at the 11:00 AM service. The Cathedral Chamber Choir, a smaller ensemble made of members of the Cathedral Choir, assists at many services and occasionally visits parishes throughout the Diocese of the Rio Grande. The Cathedral Chorale and the Cathedral Cherubs are programs begun in the Fall of 2012. For more information on all of these ensembles, please continue reading below. The Cathedral Choirs always seek new voices and welcome singers of any level or tradition of faith practice. Currently 76 musicians are involved in the various programs at the Cathedral.
The Cathedral Choir is recognized as one of the finest choral ensembles in the region. In addition to Sunday morning responsibilities, the Cathedral Choir sings for monthly services of Choral Evensong, on major feasts, participates in the Cathedral Commissions program, participates in community outreach collaborative concerts other musical community organizations such as the New Mexico Philharmonic at times, and is well-known for their internationally released recordings with Raven CD.
Tours form an important part of the Cathedral Choir's evangelism to the greater musical and liturgical community. The Cathedral Choir has sung in such prestigious venues as Saint Thomas' Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, Washington National Cathedral, St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Canterbury Cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Southwark Cathedral, London and York Minster. The next international tour is scheduled for late July-early August 2014 where they will be in residence at Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey for week-long residencies in each venue.
Rehearsals for the Cathedral Choir take place on Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, although there are occasional additional commitments throughout the season. If you are interested in knowing more information on how to join the Cathedral Choir please contact Maxine Thevenot, Director of Cathedral Music & Organist at ext. 106) or by e-mail.
Cathedral Chamber Choir
The Cathedral Chamber Choir is a group who specialize in contemporary works and music written for small ensembles. The size and singers of the Chamber Choir is flexible, depending on the repertoire being performed. The members are drawn primarily from the Cathedral Choir but also include guest singers. If you are interested in knowing more information on how to join the Cathedral Choir please contact Maxine Thevenot, Director of Cathedral Music & Cathedral Organist at (505) 247-1581 ext. 106) or by e-mail.
The Cathedral Chorister program offers to children ages 7-16 a unique musical experience working with other children in preparation and weekly performance of the finest choral music written for children's voices. Choristers form friendships with other music-loving children from Albuquerque and beyond. They receive expert instruction in music-reading and ensemble performance skills, and enjoy educational excursions to concerts of the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra and other ensembles. An annual week-long summer program and participation in summer courses of the Royal School of Church Music throughout the USA is encouraged and also form an important part of the program. Auditions for the Chorister program take place throughout the year. For inquiries about the Chorister Program please click here to download the brochure or contact Maxine Thevenot, Director of Cathedral Music & Cathedral Organist at (505) 247-1581 ext. 106) or by e-mail.
In 2012, the Choristers sang an extensive tour in NYC. You can hear their performance at St. Thomas, 5th Ave. by clicking here.
|Cathedral Choristers in the Garden||The Cathedral Choristers working with Nicholas White||Choristers & Choir at St. Thomas, 5th Ave.|
A new program started in the Fall of 2012, the Cathedral Cherubs program offers young children from the ages of 3-6 a firm grounding in music and singing with expert instruction from Ms. Robyn Clarke and Mr. Edmund Connolly. They also have the opportunity to participate in occasional services and concerts throughout the liturgical season and it is hoped they will progress to the Cathedral Chorister program. They rehearse Tuesday evenings 5:45-6:15pm and Sunday mornings 8:20-8:50 am. For more information on these two new choirs at the Cathedral please call 247-1581 ext 111 or email the Assistant Organist-Choir Director, Edmund Connolly.
A new ensemble, created in the fall of 2012, the Cathedral Chorale is a non-auditioned group, open to all, which offers singers the opportunity to participate in several projects during the season. During the Chorale's first season, projects included Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem and the Holiday Pops with the New Mexico Philharmonic, as well as the Easter Vigil service and the Great Hymns and Anthems concert. The Chorale is directed by Edmund Connolly and rehearses, on a project by project basis, on Sunday afternoons from 12:30-1:30. For more information please call 247-1581 ext 111 or email the Assistant Organist-Choir Director, Edmund Connolly.