Festivals

Saint Francis Day

Note from Kent Tritle, Director of Music: Due a fire in the Cathedral's Crypt on April 14, 2019 and subsequent massive cleaning of the Cathedral, the Dean has decided to downsize our usual St. Francis Day service. The Cathedral Choirs will sing for regular services on that day, but will not be singing any of the Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) repertoire. We look forward to October 4, 2020 when our Cathedral will be completely rehabilitated and our beloved festival returns. For more information, see the Dean's full statement.

Saint Francis Day is a signature Cathedral service that features Paul Winter and Paul Halley’s Missa Gaia (or Earth Mass) and a stunning Procession of Animals. The combined Cathedral Choirs are joined by hundreds of singers from visiting choirs. The service is always the first Sunday in October.

The Paul Winter Consort, the Cathedral Choirs, and the 250 member Festival Chorus perform the Missa Gaia on Saint Francis Day, 2018

Diocesan Chorister Festival

The Diocesan Chorister Festival takes place on the last Saturday of January and welcomes over 100 young choristers to the Cathedral for a day of choral workshops, games, special tours of the Cathedral, and the chance to perform in the event’s culminating Festival Evensong. Choristers get the opportunity to work with experienced conductors such as Kent Tritle, James Litton, and Bryan Zaros. Applications for the 2020 festival will be available later this fall.

Photos from the 2019 Diocesan Chorister Festival

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Video from the 2019 Diocesan Chorister Festival

Diocesan Adult Choir Festival

The Diocesan Adult Choir Festival is held on the first Saturday in March. Episcopal choirs from the New York Diocese and beyond join for a day of choral workshops and rehearsals. They are joined by members of the Cathedral Choir with the focus of preparing and performing at a Festival Evensong. While specifically for Episcopal choirs, we welcome all Liturgical choirs interested in learning about and singing Evensong. Applications for the 2020 festival will be available later this fall.

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