Sacred Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul calls people of all ages to be “servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” (1 Cor 4:1) The Cathedral Choirs exist and flourish 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. The range of musical expression heard throughout the year at the Cathedral at both her liturgies and concerts is varied and engaging: chant, children, polyphony, choirs, organ, brass, bells, orchestras, and more, singing and playing in varied styles that serve the liturgy and the community, and that uplift and ennoble the spirit.
We invite you and your family to consider ways in which to become involved in this enriching ministry of service.
Lawrence W. Lawyer, Director of Sacred Music
The Cathedral Choir
The Cathedral Choir is the principal liturgical choir for both parish and archdiocesan celebrations at the Cathedral. An ensemble of 35 to 40 auditioned professional and volunteer musicians, the Choir sings for liturgies as well as concerts. Between September and May, they may 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. Singing music ranging from Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony to that of contemporary composers, the Cathedral Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Schola Cantorum
The Schola Cantorum is comprised of both professional and volunteer singers through audition, and sings throughout the year, often alternating Sundays with the Cathedral Choir.
The Cathedral Choir School
2019 "Vespers: Marking Time in Christ" Youth Choir Camp
The Cathedral Choristers’ "Vespers:: Marking Time in Christ" 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. There will be daily study and participation in the works of creation as reflected in the praise of Vespers, the most ancient office known in the Church. 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 $125 for parishioners, $150 for non-parishioners (application for financial aid available at registration) and includes snacks, lunch and a Choir School shirt. The camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 17, through Friday, June 21, 2019. To register children, please click the link below.
To be considered for financial aid:
- Enter $1 for the camp cost to proceed with registration.
- Complete the camp registration form, entering required family and payment information. ($1 will be charged.)
- Email your request for financial aid to email@example.com.
You will receive a follow-up email detailing the final cost of the camp and the process of paying for the remaining balance.
The Cathedral Choristers’ "Vespers
Dates: Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21, 2019
Times: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $125 Parishioners, $150 Non-parishioners (application for financial aid available at registration)
Click here to register
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.
Music and the Arts
View the season's schedule of musical performances.
About the Sacred Music Staff
Lawrence W. Lawyer, Director of Sacred Music, has been a member of the Cathedral sacred music staff since 2004. A Pi Kappa Lambda graduate of Millikin University and Scarritt Graduate School, he holds degrees in sacred music from both institutions. His principal teachers have been Richard Hoffland and Sandra Willets (choral) and Wilma Jensen and Janette Fishell (organ). A church organist from the age of 11, he began his ministry playing for daily Masses celebrated with his schoolmates. A principal facet of his vocation is offering service to religious communities and orders of the metropolitan area. Beginning with his appointment as Director of Sacred 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 presented recitals at churches and cathedrals throughout the United States, including the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. A member of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians (CRCCM) since 1986, his professional memberships include the American Guild of Organists and National Association of Pastoral Musicians.