The Advent offers a music program to the parishioners of the Cathedral Church, to the parishes of the Diocese of Alabama and to the community-at-large seeking to enable those who participate and those who attend services an opportunity for enriching worship of Almighty God. Those who participate also benefit from a unique experience of learning and fellowship. The Music Department offers the following programs:
The Cathedral Choir is composed of adults who sing the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services each Sunday and all major services of the church year. Additionally the choir presents evensongs and concerts as part of the Cathedral Music Series. Rehearsals are 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. each Wednesday. Membership is by audition and interested singers should speak to the Director of Music.
Special activities include tours to sing in residency at major cathedrals in England (1990, 1993, 1997, 2004, 2008) and at St. Thomas Church, New York City (2000), seven CD/cassette releases, projects to raise funds for special programs, and concert appearances in Atlanta and Birmingham. The most recent residency in England was in July 2008 for a week at Durham Cathedral, and the choir completed a tour of the U.S. east coast in 2011.
The Cathedral Ringers, an adult handbell choir, presents service music about seven times each year, and has performed concerts as part of the Mid-day Musical Menu series. Rehearsals are 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. each Thursday from September to May. Occasional special appearances and workshops with well-known clinicians have been a part of past schedules. The Cathedral owns a five octave set of Malmark handbells. Interested ringers (ability to read simple music is necessary) should speak to the Director of Music.
Children’s Choirs: All children of the Advent are warmly welcomed to enter the music program. There are four children’s choirs: The Advent Angels (3-4 yr. olds), The Cherub Choir (5 yr. olds), St. Nicholas Choir (1st-2nd graders), and The Gabriel Choir (3rd-6th graders). The Youth Ensemble is grades 7 and up. The only requirement for membership in the two younger choirs is Sunday School enrollment. These children learn new songs each Sunday morning during Children’s Chapel.
The 1st – 6th graders rehearse at the Cranmer House location on Wednesday afternoons. (St. Nicholas, 4:00 – 4:45 ) (Gabriel, 5:00 – 6:00) All choirs sing at the 9:00 a.m. service on a regular basis throughout the year, and choristers in grades 1-6 often present a musical or a concert in the spring. For more information contact the Children’s Choir Director.
If you play an instrument and would be interested in performing a voluntary (solo, ensemble or with organ accompaniment) for the Sunday worship services, please speak to the Director of Music. If you have an interest in contemporary music with a flavor of gospel, bluegrass and rock and roll, please speak to Sharon Benefield about the 5:00 o’clock Evening Service.