The Cathedral Choir
The 15-voice professional choir sets the standard for music-making at the Cathedral. Its members include some of New York City’s finest choral performers, who are also accomplished soloists in their own right. The Cathedral Choir provides music for the Sunday 11 am Eucharist and 4 pm Evensong services throughout the year and also sings for other major feast days of the Christian calendar, such as Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter. In addition, the choir serves as the core ensemble for the Cathedral’s Great Music in a Great Space concert series.
The Cathedral Chorale
This auditioned volunteer choir draws members from both the local Morningside Heights community and the greater New York City area. It meets for rehearsals on Wednesday nights from September through May. The Chorale often joins the Cathedral Choir for services throughout the year, and is sometimes used to reinforce the professional choral forces for Great Music in a Great Space Concerts.
For information on how to audition for the Cathedral Chorale, please contact Malcolm Merriweather:
The Cathedral Choristers
This ensemble of 26 students draws from the 5th-8th grade classes of the Cathedral School. The chorister program was founded when the Cathedral School opened its doors in 1901. These young musicians continue this proud tradition, participating in services at the Cathedral as well as taking part in exciting outside projects. In 2013 the choristers sang in Carnegie Hall for the Oratorio Society of New York’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem and traveled to London to sing services at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Information for Visiting Choirs
Creating opportunities for visiting choirs to perform at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is an important and valued part of our musical ministry. Please see the occasions below when visiting choirs are engaged at the Cathedral.
It’s Sunday: Choral Recital
Choirs are invited to apply to sing in a choral recital following Sunday Choral Evensong in December through February. The Cathedral Choir sings evensong. The choral recital consists of a 30-minute program of sacred music that is a cappella or with organ. The use of a piano is not available. The concert begins following choral evensong at approximately 5 pm. Choirs are requested to sit in the Great Choir throughout evensong. Post-evensong recitals are regarded as an integral part of the liturgical offering. If interested in this opportunity, please e-mail Malcolm J. Merriweather for an application. Please indicate your preferred date of visitation and two alternate dates.
Sunday Summer Worship
Liturgical Choirs are invited to apply to sing for Cathedral services during the summer months. Please note that visiting choirs will join the Cathedral Choir when they are invited for a service at the Cathedral. Choirs should arrive by 9:30 am for the 11 am Eucharist and 2:30 pm for 4 pm Evensong. The Director of Music will have to approve all music. If interested in this opportunity, please e-mail Malcolm J. Merriweather for an application. Please indicate your preferred date of visitation and two alternate dates.
The Cathedral also offers informal opportunities for choirs to perform in our grand space on weekdays. For more information on Choir Sings, please visit this page.