Since its founding in 1805, music has played an integral role in the worship life of Christ Church Cathedral. A cursory reading of old vestry minutes reveals much time and energy and resources spent in purchasing and importing organs, musicians, and in training various choirs.
The backbone of Anglican worship is the choir. Currently, we have approximately 20 adults in the choir, about 80% are professionals and 20% well-respected volunteers. They sing mostly in a traditional English fashion. New volunteer members are always encouraged to join - please contact Mr. Jarrett Follette, the Director of Music for more information, or speak to any choir member.
The Cathedral is blessed with many musical instruments including two Steinway pianos, a harpsichord, handbells, and two pipe organs. The large cathedral instrument was built by the Goulding & Wood organ company of Indianapolis in 1994. While retaining many of the stops from previous organs, this project represented a complete reworking of old pipes and the addition of many new ones - resulting in a magnificent 94-rank instrument. Click here to hear a live recording of Mr. Follette playing Apparition de l'église éternelle by Olivier Messiaen in a live concert recording from October of 2011.
Cathedral Concerts sponsors several musical events annually including organ recitals and choir events such Choral Evensong and the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols.