The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.
― General instruction of the Roman Missal #112
The Music Ministry of the Cathedral of the Incarnation exists to enhance the liturgical celebrations of the Parish and the Diocese by supporting the participation of the Assembly, and by adding beauty. We endeavor fully to embrace the Church’s vision of a sung liturgy, a task for which a Cathedral Church is given a special responsibility in the Church’s liturgical documents. Every Sunday and most Holy Day Liturgies at the Cathedral are supported musically by an accompanist and a cantor, as well as by the participation of the Cathedral Choir on a regular basis.
“Beauty, then, is not mere decoration, but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God himself and his revelation. These considerations should make us realize the care which is needed, if the liturgical action is to reflect its innate splendor.”
― Pope Benedict XVI
The Cathedral Choir and Cantors
The treasury of sacred music is to be preserved and cultivated with great care.
Choirs must be assiduously developed, especially in cathedral churches.
― General instruction of the Roman Missal #114
An accomplished SATB ensemble, the Cathedral Choir sings at the 11:00 AM Mass each Sunday September through June, on certain Feast Days, for major Liturgies celebrated by the Diocesan Bishop, and also presents special musical events. Repertoire is varied, including chant and polyphony, as well as quality choral anthems by composers of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Cathedral Cantors are drawn from among qualified, active Cathedral Choir members. Choir membership is open to singers age High School Senior and above, preferably with some choral music experience. Generally new choir members are welcomed in September and January, but sometimes it is possible to join mid-year; contact the Music Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details and to schedule an interview and simple audition.