More about Music

Each September a music events brochure is published. These include the popular Mid-Day Musical Menu Series, evensongs and concerts by the Cathedral Choir and guest artists. Each parishioner receives a copy; additional copies may be obtained from the Music Office at 443-8553, in the tract racks in the kiosk in Clingman Commons, or downloaded from this website (see link above).

The Cathedral music department owns a five-octave set of Malmark handbells, a Steinway 7′ grand piano, a Baldwin 7′ grand piano, the John and Lucille Urmey Lammermuir chest organ (2001) and several pianos for rehearsal use.


The Grieb-Williams organ [above], built by the M. P. Moller Company in 1988, is located in the Cathedral nave. It includes 6,056 pipes controlled by a four-manual drawknob console which can be moved to the center of the chancel for recitals. Here is the stoplist. Note that the organ has a playback system.

The Crawford and Virginia Johnson Carillon, including the Mattison Memorial Bell, was installed in the Cathedral tower in 2003. The 15 cast bronze bells by Paccard Foundry, France, peal and play hymns throughout the week.

The Music Discretionary Fund was established to provide special resources for the entire music program. Without the resources of this fund the Music at the Advent series would not be possible. Memorials and contributions may be addressed to the Music Department at the Cathedral or placed in alms basins in the Nave using the special pew envelopes. Acknowledgment of gifts is printed in the music programs and an appropriate card is sent to the family of those in whose memory or honor the gift is made.

The latest CD recording released in March 2012 is Stephen Schaeffer Plays The Advent Organ and features Director of Music and Organist Stephen G. Schaeffer performing on the Grieb-Williams organ described above. Ten tracks include works by Bach, Durufle, Franck, King and Widor, including his famous “Toccata” from the fifth organ symphony. The Cathedral Choir has made several Compact Disc recordings of which Evensong at the Advent (2004), a live recording of evensong on October 12, 2003, and Praise Ye the Lord! (2005) are the most recent. Other available recordings include the following: Love Came Down at Christmas (1991; reissued 1999); and Of the Father’s Love Begotten (1995). These recordings feature several solo organ pieces; the 1995 recording also includes the Ambassador Brass Quintet, noted Birmingham ensemble which plays at the Cathedral each Christmas and Easter. All CDs are available from the Music Department by calling (205) 443-8553 or from the Advent Bookstore.

The Five O’Clock Musicians released Sometimes He Calls (2002-CD); Lift Him Up (2004-CD); and In the Hands of the Maker (2010-CD) with proceeds going to Outreach at the Advent. These compact discs are also available in the Advent Bookstore.