Choirs

Upcoming Choir Tours
July 30-August 5, 2018
Wells Cathedral, UK
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The Cathedral Choir is recognized as one of the finest choral ensembles in the region. In addition to Sunday morning responsibilities, the Cathedral Choir sings for monthly services of Choral Evensong, on major feasts, participates in the Cathedral Commissions program, participates in community outreach collaborative concerts other musical community organizations such as the New Mexico Philharmonic at times, and is well-known for their internationally released recordings with Raven CD. Tours form an important part of the Cathedral Choir’s evangelism to the greater musical and liturgical community. The Cathedral Choir has sung in such prestigious venues as Saint Thomas’ Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, Washington National Cathedral, residencies at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, Canterbury Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Southwark Cathedral, London, York Minster, Winchester Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey.   Rehearsals for the Cathedral Choir take place on Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, although there are occasional additional commitments throughout the season.

cherub 2013a Now in its fifth season, the Cathedral Cherubs program offers young children from the ages of 3-8 a firm grounding in music and singing with expert instruction from Mr. Edmund Connolly, assisted by Mrs. Robyn Clarke and Ms. Brianne Conner. Cherubs also have the opportunity to participate in occasional services and concerts throughout the liturgical season, and senior Cherubs may eventually progress to the Cathedral Chorister program. They rehearse Tuesday evenings 5:45-6:15pm and Sunday mornings 8:20-8:50 am.

Robyn Clarke-Cherub Choir assistantCherub

Robyn Clarke graduated from James Madison University, VA with a Bachelors of Music in 1991 and received her Teaching Certification training from George Mason University shortly after.  She taught choral and instrumental music at the esteemed Maret School in Washington D.C. for five years, grades 4 – 12.  In New Mexico, Robyn has taught choral music at Wilson Middle School, Desert Ridge Middle School and general music at the Corrales International School, grades K- 10.  She founded both the San Antonito Singers, an extra-curricular chorus, for 4th and 5th graders at San Antonito Elementary school, and the East Mountain Youth and Children’s Choir, a community choir dedicated to bringing high quality music education to young people in the East Mountains and surrounding community. From 2014-2016, Robyn taught  as an itinerant elementary music teacher in the Albuquerque Public Schools. This past summer she completed her level 1 Orff Certification training.

She currently is the choir director at Roosevelt Middle School in Tijeras, NM.

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Brianne Conner-Cherub Choir assistant

Brianne Conner has a Bachelor of Music from East Texas Baptist University.  Brianne led the children's conservatory program at Baylor University for two years while completing her Master of Music in piano pedagogy there.  During her three years in Waco, TX she was the music and religious education assistant at the Methodist Children's Home, where she led the elementary children's choir and accompanied the middle and high school choirs. Following completion of her degrees she served as an adjunct lecturer at Baylor for three semesters before returning to New Mexico.  Brianne maintained an active studio teaching both piano and voice lessons until she had children of her own.  Since that time she sings in the Cathedral Choir and is a founding member of Polyphony Voices of New Mexico.  Brianne is the Director at Dungarvin LLC, a community services agency that supports adults with developmental disabilities.

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The Cathedral Chorister program offers to children ages 7-16 a unique musical experience working with other children in preparation and weekly performance of the finest choral music written for children's voices. Choristers form friendships with other music-loving children from Albuquerque and beyond. They receive expert instruction in music-reading and ensemble performance skills, and enjoy educational experiences through Friends of Cathedral Music events. An annual week-long summer program and participation in summer courses of the Royal School of Church Music throughout the USA is encouraged and also form an important part of the program. Auditions for the Chorister program take place throughout the year. Click here to hear the Choristers and probationers sing the setting of Ave Maria by Simon Lindley.

LaranChorister Assistant - Lauren Breden

Lauren Breden received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico. She became involved at the Cathedral of St. John in 2013, singing in the Cathedral Choir as a Choral Scholar and assisting Dr. Thévenot with the Cathedral Choristers. In summer of 2014, she participated in the Cathedral Choir’s two-week UK residency at Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and has sung most recently Washington National Cathedral in June 2016. In addition, she has been involved in three of the Cathedral's recordings, The Immortal Air, Mystic Meaning and the most recent one, In Dulci Jubilo. She also regularly sings in the professional choir, Polyphony: Voices of New Mexico, under Dr. Maxine Thévenot. She has a love for early music in the Anglican tradition and is thrilled to be able to share it with the youth of the Cathedral Community during both one-on-one music theory sessions and rehearsal time.

Chorister Assistant: Edin Archuleta

Edin Archuleta attended the University of New Mexico and received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. She began singing with the Cathedral Choir of St. John in 2011. She now serves as the Soprano Section Leader and Chorister Assistant. Staying active in the music community, she has sung with professional choirs in town including Polyphony Voices of New Mexico, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus and Chatter. Edin has worked as a nanny for the last five years and is certified in CPR and child first aid. She loves working with children and sharing her love of music.

Cathedral Choristers, 2016

Cathedral Choristers, 2016

Cathedral Choristers with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (March 2015)Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori with Cathedral choristersCathedral Choristers in the Garden (2014)chorister april 2013  The Cathedral Choristers working with composer in residence, Nicholas White on the newly commissioned anthem written to include them. (2013)choristers with nicholas white Choristers & Choir at St. Thomas, 5th Ave. (June, 2012)tour-choristers-st thomas 5th nyc 2012(1)

chamber-choir-2016The Cathedral Chamber Choir is a group who specialize in contemporary works and music written for small ensembles. The size and singers of the Chamber Choir is flexible, depending on the repertoire being performed. The members are drawn primarily from the Cathedral Choir but also include guest singers.

The Cathedral Choir is recognized as one of the finest choral ensembles in the region. In addition to Sunday morning responsibilities, the Cathedral Choir sings for monthly services of Choral Evensong, on major feasts, participates in the Cathedral Commissions program, participates in community outreach collaborative concerts other musical community organizations such as the New Mexico Philharmonic at times, and is well-known for their internationally released recordings with Raven CD. Tours form an important part of the Cathedral Choir's evangelism to the greater musical and liturgical community. The Cathedral Choir has sung in such prestigious venues as Saint Thomas' Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, Washington National Cathedral, St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Canterbury Cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Southwark Cathedral, London and York Minster, and most recently in residence at both Winchester Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in the summer of 2014.   Rehearsals for the Cathedral Choir take place on Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, although there are occasional additional commitments throughout the season. 

BECOME A CHORISTER OR A CHERUB AT THE CATHEDRAL OF ST JOHN

Being a chorister means being a part of an ancient choral tradition that extends back 1000 years.  The Cathedral of St. John's nationally recognized chorister program, based on the renowned Royal School of Church Music syllabus, began in the Fall of 2006.  All that is required to qualify for the chorister program is a sparkle in the eye, enthusiasm, intelligence, and potential: candidates don't need to have had any formal singing experience.  The girls and boys will receive an unparalleled musical and general education at St. John's and explore the finest sacred music written for children's voices from the 14th century to the present day. They will make friends for life and make unique memories which they will treasure forever.

The Cathedral Chorister and Cherub choirs are seeking girls and boys (unchanged voices) between the ages of 3-13 for the 2017-2018 season.

Auditions/interviews for these two internationally-recognized programs will take place June 19-22, 2017 by appointment for the new season, which begins on Tuesday, September 5. The program year runs to late May, 2018.

One instructor and one assistant per choir of no more than 16 participants in each ensemble ensures a high level of attention to the musical development of each child. There is no fee for this excellent musical education.  We expect a high level of commitment and dedication to the program in return.

Children will have the opportunity for weekly rehearsals and performance within the context of liturgy; concert performances of a professional nature with other well-established groups such as the Santa Fe Opera; the opportunity to be invited on international and national touring; and the chance to participate in the making of internationally-released recordings.

Auditions for the Cathedral Choir take place throughout the season.

To schedule an audition time and for more information, please email cathedralmusicprogram@gmail.com.

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