Cathedral Arts & Music
Music Ministry at the Cathedral is for the glory of God, and as Episcopalians, we respond to God and participate in liturgy. In addition to music during worship, the Cathedral offers space to various groups and individuals for rehearsals and performances, such as: Thursday Evening Recitals and First Night St.Petersburg featuring opera and chamber music.
If you are already involved in our choral program you will find the appropriate calendar links below. If you are in becoming involved, please contact our Director of Music, Dwight Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathedral Chamber Choir
sings monthly Choral Evensong at 5:00 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month from September through April, excluding December.
Evensong closes the day in the rich tradition of serenity and beauty through music and prayer.
A smaller, highly-skilled chamber choir offers some of the finest examples of choral works. Audition required for openings as they appear.
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 7:00-9:00 p.m. OUR CATHEDRAL CHOIR takes the summer off, and music during the 10:15 a.m. service in summer is led by our Summer Choir. We warm up at 9:30 a.m. on summer Sundays. Just show up and sing! Easy hymns and service music, no weeknight rehearsal. Tell your friends: It's a great opportunity for those who want to try out the choir or sing in a more relaxed setting. Speak to Dwight Thomas if you have questions.
Friends of Music
The Cathedral Arts program relies on the generosity of donations from our supporters to provide this essential outreach. Will you join our "Friends of Music" and contribute to this part of the life of the Cathedral? If you would like to contribute or underwrite a future concert, please contact our Director of Music Dwight Thomas at email@example.com
Planning Now, Coming in the New Year: A New Organ Console
The organ console — the cabinet and everything in it — will be replaced to give the Cathedral a reliable, long-lived instrument with musical capabilities beyond what we have now, Music Director Dwight Thomas says. Coming up early next year: a new organ console. But we're starting to plan for it now. The organ console is the cabinet and the operating system in it — the keyboard, the stops, the couplers, and the computers — that create the sound when Music Director Dwight Thomas sits down on the bench on Sunday mornings. "Two years ago the organ was struck by lightning," Dwight said, "and was out of commission for a couple of weeks. This year, on Maundy Thursday, the organ ceased to function because of frayed cables. We were able to quickly patch it back together so we'd have an organ for Easter, but those two events were a wake-up call that the console is in unreliable condition. The organ is an integral part of our worship and we need one that we can rely on." Ordinarily it takes 12 to 18 months to design, manufacture, and install a new console. We are intending to do this in just nine months, thanks to consultation and oversight from Bob Rusczyk of Clearwater, a longtime leader in the organ industry. He is the former president of Organ Supply Industries, widely regarded nationally as the go-to company for all things organ-related. "We want the organ to be installed, tested, and ready to go when the Cathedral hosts the North American Deans Conference next May," Dean Morris said. That event will draw about 70 cathedral deans and their spouses here May 2-5 for continuing education, fellowship, and worship. Installation will begin the third week of January 2019 and will take about four weeks. During that time we'll use alternative sources of music, as we did in the summer of 2016, when the organ pipes were removed, cleaned, retuned, and painted. The current operating system, installed in 1997, has become obsolete in the last 20 years. At the moment, our organ has a limited range of what it can do, simply because we don't have enough space to accommodate additional pipework. The new system will include digital augmentation that expands the range of what the organ can do. Unrestricted bequests will be used to pay for the cost of the new console. Photo by JUDY STARK