Music is an integral part of the life, worship and ministry of the Cathedral. The Cathedral’s choirs serve in the liturgies of the church, and embrace differing types of repertoire and various levels of vocal experience.
The Choir of St. James Cathedral formerly the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, dates from 1898, when then-Choirmaster Dr. Albert Ham changed it in the tradition of the cathedrals of England. The now fully professional choir consists of men and women, and its repertoire embraces music from the 14th to the 21st centuries. The Cathedral Choir sings Sunday services at 11:00am and 4:30pm.
The Cathedral Parish Choir is a volunteer choir with professional support, which rehearses on Thursday evenings (7:00 to 8:00pm), and sings the 9:00am Sunday service. The choir started in the late 1970s with Aubrey Foy under the direction of then-Assistant Organist Gerald Webster. Besides embracing the traditional parish choir repertoire it also explores newer musical and liturgical styles. New singers are always welcome. Contact Robert Busiakiewicz: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cathedral also hosts weekly organ recitals and monthly cantatas.