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 of the Advent in grades 1-6 are warmly welcomed to enter the music program to learn the fundamentals of music and musicianship as well as the music of the church. The two children’s choirs maintain a regular Wednesday afternoon rehearsal schedule with 1st and 2nd graders rehearsing 3:45-4:40 p.m., and 3rd-6th graders rehearsing 4:45-5:40 p.m. The choirs sing in the 9:00 a.m. Sunday service several times from September-April, including the services of Advent Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, Easter, and Choir Recognition Sunday. A Lectionary Bible Study is offered for parents by Canon Leighton during each Wednesday afternoon rehearsal.
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 contact Glenn Lewis about the 5:00 o’clock Evening Service.