The music ministry at the Cathedral seeks to fill every heart with the sound of God's peace and joy. Through the finest music of several centuries the musicians of the Cathedral provide an ever expanding vocabulary to proclaim God's eternal message.
Careful preparation and rehearsals by the choral musicians of the Cathedral support our commitment to offer our fullest and most enriching praise to God in the highest. The repertoire of the Cathedral choirs ranges from Gregorian chant and masses of Palestrina to works commissioned by the Cathedral from the leading composers of today. The music of composers such as Bach, Britten, Faure, Mozart, Palestrina, Purcell, Tallis and Tavener are characteristic of the high quality of music offered each week in the Cathedral.
|Director of Cathedral Music
& Cathedral Organist
Choral Evensong is usually sung on the first Sunday of the month at 4:00 PM throughout the program year, and is preceded by a 25 minute organ recital beginning at 3:30pm, given by a member of the local Albuquerque Guild of Organists chapter.
Choral Eucharists are usually sung at the 11:00 AM service on the first Sunday of each month and at many of the Principal Feasts celebrated at the Cathedral. We also celebrate Morning Prayer & Holy Eucharist Rite II usually on the final Sunday of each month at the Cathedral, allowing the choirs to sing a more varied assortment of Canticles and more fully explore the riches that the Anglican Tradition has to offer.
The Cathedral is very fortunate to possess one of the finest organs in the Southwest, built by the Kansas based company of Reuter. Each Sunday the organ is heard not only in congregational singing and accompanying choral works but also in major works of the organ repertoire, played the Cathedral organists. The Sunday preludes and postludes played on the organ are drawn on the vast repertoire of the organ literature. Works of Buxtehude, Bach, Couperin, Dupré, Franck, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, and Vierne are heard on regular basis.
Through Friends of Cathedral Music the Cathedral also commissions new choral works written for the Cathedral Choir as part of the Cathedral Commissions program. The commissioning scheme began in 2006 with a new work by the American composer, Stephen Paulus. In 2007 new works were commissioned from two composers Judith Bingham and David Arcus. The 2008 commission went to New York based composer Anthony Piccolo and the 2009 commission to two composers Tarik O'Regan and David Briggs. In the 2010-2011 season, the commission was awarded to Canadian composer, Andrew Ager. He wrote a setting of the Te Deum text for choir and organ, in addition to writing a solo organ work based on the Gregorian chant of the Te Deum. The 2012 commissioned composer was Philip Moore, former Organist & Master of Music at York Minster. In 2013 we welcomed commissioned composer Nicholas White who wrote the first-ever Cathedral Commission which involved both our Cathedral Choir and Choristers.
We are pleased to announce the 2013-2014 commissioned composer has been awarded to UK based composer Andrew Carter, former founding director of the renowned 'Chapter House Choir' at York Minster; a published composer many times over with Oxford University Press, and a commissioned composer from other such organizations as the BBC Singers and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge for their famed Nine Lessons & Carols service broadcast on the BBC. We look forward to welcoming him and his wife to New Mexico in May 2014.
The role of the music ministry in the outreach of the Cathedral is considerable. An annual concert series allows parishioners as well as those who cannot attend on a Sunday morning the opportunity to attend superb musical events throughout the year. Advance tickets to all Friends of Cathedral Music concert and special events are available for purchase through this new website at www.fcmabq.org.
Cathedral Choir 2010 England Tour
The Cathedral Choir and Choristers
Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue, New York City 2012