Choir and Music
The Music Ministry at the Cathedral exists for many reasonsIts chief purpose is to glorify God, and to assist, encourage and inspire the congregation who has gathered to do the same. We do this through the hymns, service music and anthems we sing, the way we respond and participate in the liturgy, and the way we share our time and talents with others and with our Creator. The Cathedral Choir is comprised of volunteers and professionals who sing during the academic year, leading congregational singing and offering works drawn from the vast repertoire of sacred choral music. All of our choir members are nurtured in musical growth while preparing for their liturgical role as leaders of worship. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7-9pm. The Cathedral Chamber Choir sings monthly Choral Evensong at 5pm on the fourth Sunday of the month from September through April, excluding December. Following the rich tradition that has flourished for five centuries of closing the day with serenity and the beauty of music and prayer, we offer some of the finest examples of choral works performed by a smaller, highly skilled chamber choir of experienced male and female singers. Audition required for openings as they appear. The St. Petersburg Festival Chorus is a large oratorio choir of singers from all over the Tampa Bay area that performs with an orchestra or instrumentals. This prestigious group sings choral masterworks, such as Requiem (Faure), Gloria (Poulenc), and Noye’s Fludde (Britten). Rehearsals are as announced. The church also supports musical endeavors of members of the local community and international artists through the Cathedral Arts’ Series. This outreach is supported by the Friends of Music, individuals who contribute financially in making this series a reality.
The current pipe organ at St. Peter’s was built in 1965 by the Austin Organ Company, containing 61 ranks of pipes distributed over six divisions. The pipes range in size from 16 feet long (laid horizontally beneath the Great organ), to pipes smaller than a pencil. In 1997, a four-manual Rodgers organ console was installed to replace the original Austin console and digital organ ranks were added to enhance the tonal capabilities of the original instrument. In the summer of 2016, a new Antiphonal organ was installed by the Patrick J. Murphy & Associates Organbuilders, who also made tonal and aesthetic refinements of instrument. The Cathedral also acquired through the generosity of the Carol Phillips’ Music Endowment, a Steinway Model B grand piano built in 1917, which was completely refurbished in 2014.
Contact: Dwight Thomas, Director of Music & Organist