The Ministry of Music is very important to the life of the Cathedral. The musical life of the parish today is rich and varied. Sacred music at the American Cathedral reflects the diversity of our worship styles but is firmly rooted in the Anglican choral tradition with emphasis placed on excellence.


Choral Programs

The focus of the music ministry are the choral programs offered to musicians of all ages and abilities, regardless of religious affiliation.

Adult Choir

The Choir of the American Cathedral was organized in 1884, when its Choir School educated 16 boys who, with a complement of men's voices, sang the offices daily, in the manner of the great English and continental cathedrals. The Choir School was closed shortly after World War I, and women choristers were admitted.

Today, its singers, of a number of different nationalities, provide music for more than 80 services each year, including weekly Sunday Eucharists, special feast days during the week, Solemn Evensongs, marriages and funerals. Recent concerts have included Handel's Messiah, Christmas Oratorio and St. John Passion of Bach, Stabat Mater settings of Palestrina and Pärt, motets of Brahms, Chichester Psalms of Bernstein, the Four Motets and Requiem of Duruflé, and large works of Britten, Howells, and Finzi. They have been recorded for radio broadcast by the BBC and Fréquence Protestante. The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is offered every year during December, and was included, in 1995, in the Festival d'Art Sacré de la Ville de Paris. Singers of all nationalities and faiths are admitted: required are a good ability with English and good sight-reading and vocal skills. Its concerts are under the aegis of the Cathedral's not-for-profit arts association, Les Arts George V.

Youth Choir

The Cathedral Youth Choir is an auditioned group of singers ages 14 to 18 who sing with the Adult Choir three Sundays per month at the 11am service. Weekly rehearsals require a strong sense of commitment from those involved. Focusing largely on sacred music from the Anglican tradition, the youth choir sings compositions from many style periods and genres. The Youth Choir prepares teens for different types of ensemble singing in their adult lives.

For more information, please contact Canon Zachary Ullery, Director of Music at music@americancathedral.org

Children's Choir

The Cathedral Children's Choir is open to all children ages 8 to 13 who like to sing and who can commit to our weekly rehearsal schedule. Building on the music education received in the Cathedral's "Intro to Music" class, the Children's Choir teaches children vocal production, music theory, sight-singing, and elements of music history and serves the Cathedral community by providing beautiful singing during Sunday worship. Singing in harmony is introduced through a repertoire from across the centuries, and occasionally includes four-part music sung with adult choir. Boys and Girls rehearse separately but typically join together in singing on Sunday morning once a month and on special occasions.


The Paris Choral Society

The Paris Choral Society was founded in 1994 to bring to the Parisian community outstanding performances of great choral works at very reasonable prices. The approximately 100 singers are made up of many nationalities - French, American, English, Russian, Irish, Belgian, and others, and come from many walks of life - bankers, teachers, lawyers, homemakers, chefs, students, writers, artists, administrators. Although amateur, the choir has been recognized by American and French press as performers of a  "professional level" (New York Times).

Their repertoire includes the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi, Fauré, and Brahms, masses by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Dvorak, Puccini and Rossini, and other works such as Mendelssohn's Elijah, Orff's Carmina Burana, Bernstein's choral works of Maurice Duruflé, medleys of Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, and American hymns and spirituals.

In addition, the Paris Choral Society sponsors the annual December Handel's Messiah Sing-Along (Christmas portion plus the Hallelujah Chorus), a well-beloved holiday tradition in Britain and the United States, which has been enthusiastically adopted by Parisians.

Auditions for new singers are held twice a year, usually in September and January. For concert dates and more information about the Paris Choral Society and how you can get involved, please email info@parischoralsociety.org or visit the Paris Choral Society web site at www.parischoralsociety.org