Sacred Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul is united in worship around our Archbishop and focused on our house of prayer, which represents and realizes a Roman Catholic presence in our parish, Archdiocese, and community. Through the celebration of the sacraments, the preaching of God's Word, worship, and shared mission, we offer sacred music to redeem the world.
The Cathedral Choirs exist through the mandate of the Roman Catholic liturgical documents to lead and illuminate prayer through profound excellence in musical expression, through the understanding and proclamation of sacred texts, and through a loving desire to respect and enhance the rich liturgical heritage of our faith.
We welcome you to become involved the community of sacred music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and invite you to participate through the divine worship and ministry of sacred music.
Lawrence W. Lawyer, Acting Director of Sacred Music
Music and the Arts
View the season's schedule of musical performances
The Cathedral Choir is the principal liturgical choir at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. An ensemble of 35 to 40 auditioned professional and volunteer musicians, the Choir sings for about 40 liturgies in addition to several concerts per year. Between September and May, they can be heard most Sundays at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass, which is broadcast at 11:00 am on Relevant Radio 1330 AM, www.relevantradio.com. The Cathedral Choir sings music ranging from Gregorian chant to Renaissance polyphony to music of contemporary composers. The Cathedral Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Cathedral Choir School
Choir Schools of historically proven ability for high-quality musical training remain important for the renewed Roman Catholic liturgy. The Church’s rich legacy of musical education of children and youth extends back to the early medieval times.
The treasury of Sacred Music, from the earliest age of the Church to the present, is the foundation of the musical and liturgical curriculum of the Cathedral Choir School. The curriculum strives to foster a love for the Blessed Trinity while deepening the understanding of the Catholic Faith. The Cathedral Choir School, under the direction of Ms. Jayne Windnagel, begins September 16, 2015 and is organized into two levels:
Saint Thomas Choristers: Our preparatory choir for 1st – 3rd Grades, ages 6 - 8. Rehearse Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sing Mass monthly, immediately following rehearsal.
Saint Cecilia (girls) and Saint Gregory (boys) Choristers: 4th Grade – High School, ages 9 - 17. Rehearse Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. Sing Mass immediately following rehearsal from 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sing other Masses monthly throughout the school year.
Choir School Registration Form for 2015-2016 will be posted soon.
Parents with questions are encouraged to send inquiries via email.
Archdiocesan Youth Choir Camp - 2015
"Christ...True Tree of Life"
The Cathedral Choristers’ Choir Camp (day camp) is a high-quality, safe, choral arts experience for returning and new choristers, boys and girls ages 9 (entering 4th grade) and up.
Campers receive intensive musical instruction from the most Ancient bodies of music (Gregorian Chant) to modern. Daily, the instruction becomes a living body of prayer as the choristers sing Evening Prayer (Vespers) and prepare for future liturgies.
Directed by Ms. Jayne Windnagel, the Director of the Cathedral Choir School, the Cathedral sacred music and arts staff will teach music theory, vocal pedagogy, and establish an esprit de corps with a high level of learning, spiritual formation, and musical satisfaction. Activities throughout the week include art and games.
The cost of the day camp is $75 and includes snacks, lunch and a Choir School shirt.
2015 Choir Camp
Dates: Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 14, 2015
Times: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Schola Cantorum is the resident professional choral ensemble of the Cathedral. Through their primary ministry as support of the Cathedral and Archdiocesan choirs, the Schola Cantorum specializes in offering Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony including many of the Latin Masses composed for particular solemnities and feast days throughout the liturgical year.
Restoring the Cathedral Organs
Read about the Cathedral of Saint Paul's historic organs. Watch videos of their inner workings and demonstrations of the beautiful music with which they fill the Cathedral. Learn more about the Cathedral Heritage Foundation's efforts to raise money to maintain these grand instruments.
Cathedral CD Recordings
A CD recording of Christmas music sung by the Cathedral Choir, “In Excelsis Gloria,” is available for purchase.
“Espressivo,” a CD of music for violin and organ, with violinist Michal Sobieski and former Director of Music James Biery, was recorded at the Cathedral and released in 2008.
About the Sacred Music Staff
Lawrence W. Lawyer, Associate Director of Sacred Music, has been on the Cathedral sacred music staff since 2006. A Pi Kappa Lambda graduate of Millikin University and Scarritt Graduate School, he holds degrees in sacred music from both institutions. A church organist from the age of 11, he began his ministry playing for daily Masses celebrated with his schoolmates. He also serves parishes and religious communities of the metropolitan area as staff organist and festival organist for jubilees. Beginning with his appointment by the future Raymond Cardinal Burke as Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph the Workman in La Crosse, he has since remained in the upper Midwest, leading a number of well-regarded programs for the Church, serving as a member of two diocesan liturgical commissions, and teaching, adjudicating, and presenting workshops in Roman Catholic liturgy and music. As a concert organist, he has given recitals at churches and cathedrals throughout the United States, including the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He has been a member of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians since 1986, and holds numerous professional memberships, including the American Guild of Organists and National Association of Pastoral Musicians.