The Choirs of St. Mary’s Cathedral have a distinguished history of service to the Cathedral. Drawing from a wealth of sacred music ranging from early monophonic chant, 16th Century polyphony, Romantic to Modern, the Cathedral Choirs seeks to offer music characterized by fine tone, rhythmic precision and thoughtful interpretation.
Phone: 613-546-5521 ext. 7
The Cathedral Choir, established in 1842, serves as the principle choir of St. Mary’s Cathedral, singing for the 10:30 am Mass from September to June – and for all major cathedral Masses including the Midnight Mass of Christmas, the Triduum, Archdiocesan celebrations and for functions such as ordinations. A mixed ensemble of volunteers and paid professional singers, the Cathedral Choir sings a variety of music from the 12th century to the present day. The choir sings unaccompanied pieces, as well as pieces accompanied by the Cathedral Organ. The ability to sight read is an asset but not absolutely required. Practice materials are provided to all choir members. If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact Jeffrey Moellman to set up a meeting.
The Sunday Evening Worship Team provides the music at the weekly 7:30 pm Sunday Mass during the university fall and winter terms. The members of the Team are selected from among young people who attend the 7:30 pm Mass, many of whom are students at Queen’s University or St. Lawrence College. Guitar and piano provide support for the vocally driven music sung at this Mass. The music at this Mass ranges from traditional chant and hymns to contemporary praise and worship music.
Cantors are chosen from the choir and lead the singing at the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday and the 10:30 am Mass on Sundays. The cantors at the 7:30 pm Mass are chosen from the Worship Team. When the Worship Team is away, the Cathedral cantors sing at the 7:30 pm Mass with organ accompaniment.
The Cathedral Youth Singers were established in January 2019 to provide an opportunity for children ages 8 and above from Catholic parishes and schools around Kingston to explore a rich tradition of music and learn about singing in a fun and supportive group setting!
The Cathedral Youth Singers are under the dynamic direction of Jeffrey Moellman, the Cathedral’s Director of Music and Organist, and his wife, Marie-Caroline Bourque, a professional violinist and music educator.
Rehearsals are held at St. Mary’s Parish Centre (corner of Brock and Clergy Streets) on Thursdays, 4:30 to 6:00pm.
Call or e-mail for details:
Jeffrey Moellman, Director of Music at St. Mary’s Cathedral
Caroline Bourque Moellman, Choir Administrator
613.985.2224 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Funerals are celebrated with St. Mary’s organist and cantor, the music being similar to that at a canted weekend Mass (except for those things particular to a funeral.)
The Traditional Latin Mass (according to the 1962 Missal) is celebrated once a month on a Sunday at 3:00 pm in St. James Adoration Chapel. The particular Sunday for each month is announced on the Kingston Traditional Latin Mass official facebook page and in the Cathedral Parish bulletin. The Schola rehearses on a weekly basis, singing a range of chant and polyphony. Contact Jeffrey Moellman for more information about joining the Schola.
See the official Facebook page for updates: