St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir
Friends of Music
The Organs and Bells of Saint Patrick’s
Archive of Concerts
The St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, directed by Dr. Jennifer Pascual, is predominantly a liturgical choir, and the heart of the music program at North America’s most prominent Roman Catholic cathedral.
Acclaimed former music directors include Pietro Yon and Charles Courboin. Established in its present form by the late John Grady, the Choir is made up largely of volunteer singers and a small professional group and prepares music from every era for many liturgies and other special events throughout the year. These include the 10:15am Mass each Sunday (from the first Sunday after Labor Day until the Solemnity of Corpus Christi), the annual A City Singing at Christmas and Irish Heritage concerts, and the nationally televised Midnight Mass for Christmas.
In its liturgical role, the Choir has performed for many heads of state and the Secretary General of the United Nations, and with soloists such as Renée Fleming and Placido Domingo. In 1995, the Choir sang for His Holiness, Pope John Paul II at the Mass in Central Park and the recitation of the Rosary at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. During the April 2008 visit to New York by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, the choir sang for Masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Yankee Stadium and an Ecumenical Prayer Service.
With the founding of the Friends of Music under the late John-Michael Caprio, the choir expanded its concert activities and has performed with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Wroclaw Philharmonic, members of the Vienna Philharmonic on PBS, the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein, and at events for the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The Choir has recorded several CDs and has been featured on the BBC’s popular “Songs of Praises” television series, Nippon Television, NBC’s “Today” show and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
In May 2008, the choir had the distinguished honor of performing for President George W. Bush at the White House for the National Day of Prayer.
In October 2010, the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir traveled to Rome and Vatican City as the only choir from the United States invited to participate in the IX Festivale Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra and also performed, once again, for the Holy Father.
Anyone interested in auditioning for the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, should e-mail Music@SaintPatricksCathedral.org or call 212.753.2261 ext 788. Interested persons must be able to read music and have extensive choral experience.
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