Music is an important part of the life and mission of the Cathedral of St. Paul. The Choirs strive to provide meaningful music of the highest quality for our worshiping community. Worship is at the center of what we do as a community and music offered to the glory of God is an integral part of our worship. The Cathedral of St. Paul is committed to continuing the rich heritage of the Anglican choral tradition including music drawn from many centuries and musical styles. We also see our music program as part of our outreach. The broader community is invited to hear our choirs sing concerts and services outside of Sunday morning, touching the lives and hearts of many beyond our own congregation. Our Children’s Choir program draws singers from other churches that are able to participate in our choir program while maintaining their own church affiliation.
During the summer, Canon Musician Sharon Downey offered reflections on sacred music and suggestions for listening based on the Sunday readings or the season of the liturgical year. Here are the editions:
The Cathedral Choir is a group of mixed adult singers who sing each Sunday morning at the 10 am liturgy from September through mid-June. They also sing Choral Evensong, concerts and services of Lessons and Carols throughout the year. In 2017 they recorded a CD of spiritual arrangements by Harry T. Burleigh, Erie native, former chorister and communicant of St. Paul's, Hold On, Keep Your Hand on the Plow. Their most recent trip abroad was in August of 2018 to sing Sunday services at Coventry Cathedral and a week's residency at Christ Church, Oxford. Other trips abroad for residencies in 2007 and 2010 have been to Canterbury Cathedral, Chichester Cathedral and the American Cathedral in Paris. In 2011, the Cathedral Children’s Choir and the Cathedral Choir sang the Sunday morning services and Evensong at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.
CATHEDRAL CHOIR CD
Hold On! Keep Your Hand on the Plow
The Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh
Harry T. Burleigh was one of the most remarkable and significant people to come from Erie. Along with the spirituals he learned from his grandfather (a former slave) Burleigh heard and performed music of many kinds in Erie, including the church music he sang in the choir at St. Paul’s, where he was baptized and buried. All of these influenced the soul of this great African-American musician. Many people have shared their resources and talents to make our CD of Burleigh’s music possible, and we are grateful to each and every one of them.
Listen here to selections of the music of Harry T. Burleigh as performed by the Cathedral of St. Paul Choir.
The Cathedral Chorister Program is a treble choir of boys and girls. The choir is structured on the principles of The Royal School of Church Music. In addition to singing services at the Cathedral they are in great demand in the community. In the past, they have sung with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, the Erie Opera Theatre and the Lake Erie Ballet. They most recently appeared with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra in September of 2017. They have traveled and sung in Toronto, Ottawa, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Washington, DC and Cleveland.
Check out this video about the Cathedral's Chorister program!