Festivals

Saint Francis Day

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 2020 Diocesan Chorister Festival will take place on Saturday, January 25 at the Cathedral. Choristers from around the Diocese and beyond are welcomed for a full 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.

To apply for the Festival, please contact Cathedral Associate Choirmaster Bryan Zaros at bzaros@stjohndivine.org.

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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