The Cathedral Choirs

We warmly invite expressions of interest to join any of our choral sections at any time of the year. For further information, or to schedule an audition, please contact the Director of Music.

The Cathedral Choir

Rehearsals take place on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 pm. The Cathedral Choir sings services each Sunday morning, plus monthly Choral Evensong, and additional services according to the church calendar.

  • Sings all the major cathedral services with music, plus Diocesan Ordinations and Installations

  • Performs an average of nine choral anthems each month, plus evening canticles, choral responses, choral Mass movements, psalms, and hymns with descants

  • Known for its pure sound, particularly suited to the Anglican repertoire, and especially the works of the late Renaissance and Baroque

  • Repertoire ranges from the medieval period (chant) to the present day; music lists can be viewed here

  • Has undertaken numerous tours to sing in English Cathedrals, most recently in 2016 (Ely) and 2013 (Exeter). Our next tour will be in July 2019 to Salisbury Cathedral, and Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

  • Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass (SATB) repertoire – often with divided voices up to SSAATTBB

  • Includes paid Section Lead singers as well as volunteers (approximately 30 members in total)

  • Entry by audition, and annual progress meetings thereafter

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Chorus Angelorum

Chorus Angelorum has no fixed regular rehearsal or service schedule, and sings on special occasions as necessary - approximately four times a year.

  • Open to sopranos and altos

  • Entry by audition, and annual progress meetings thereafter

  • A small group of between 6 and 10 singers

  • Repertoire is mostly learned independently and rehearsed together in intensive sessions prior to performances

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

The Cathedral Clerkes

The Cathedral Clerkes have no fixed regular rehearsal or service schedule. They sing on special occasions as necessary - approximately four times a year.

  • Open to tenors and basses

  • Entry by audition, and annual progress meetings thereafter

  • A small group of between 6 and 10 singers

  • Repertoire is mostly learned independently and rehearsed together in intensive sessions prior to performances

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Vespers Schola

The Vespers Schola sings the service of Candlelight Vespers on Thursdays at 6:15 pm during Advent and Lent (December 5, 12, and 19, 2019, and Feb 27, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 2020). The Schola meets to rehearse at 5.30pm and the service begins at 6.15pm.

  • Open to all voice types

  • Largely Gregorian Chant repertoire (unison); occasional SATB repertoire

  • Entry by informal audition, and annual progress meetings thereafter

  • A small group of between 6 and 10 singers each week

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Gaudeamus

The group meets on Monday evenings from October to Easter. This group is currently on summer hiatus.

  • A music theory and ear training class with an emphasis on singing

  • Follows the Voice for Life curriculum of the Royal School of Church Music, including training in musical notation, music theory, and sight-singing

  • An entry-level group for those considering membership of one of the cathedral choirs at a later date

  • No auditions

  • Purchase of some course materials may be suggested for maximum benefit

Level: Beginner to Intermediate


The Cathedral Organ

The organ of the Cathedral is one of Calgary's most historic instruments. It was built by the renowned firm Casavant Freres and installed in 1906. It was significantly enlarged and overhauled in 1937 and again in 1955. Click  here  to learn more about this phenomenal instrument!

The organ of the Cathedral is one of Calgary's most historic instruments. It was built by the renowned firm Casavant Freres and installed in 1906. It was significantly enlarged and overhauled in 1937 and again in 1955. Click here to learn more about this phenomenal instrument!


Photos of the Cathedral Choir