The music programme at Christ Church Cathedral doesn't just exist for its current community - it exists to serve and provide opportunities to the wider Montreal and area musical world.
The core of our music programme focuses on the Cathedral Choir. The choir musically supports and enriches our 10:30 Eucharist and 4 PM Evensong. The choir also sings special services throughout the year, such as Lessons and Carols in December and a host of Holy Week liturgies. In a typical year, the choir will perform around 400-500 pieces, ranging from medieval chant to the avant-garde. In order to execute this amount of music at the highest possible level, the group meets every Thursday evening from September to June. We hope that prospective members will be able to commit to the full schedule, although we are willing to consider individual circumstances.
Please get in touch if you would like to find out more. Prospective singers should be capable of holding a line independently and have some degree of musical literacy. The ability to sing at sight is a significant advantage. Although membership of the choir is demanding, the rewards are great.
You will work with a group of talented musicians on a weekly basis, perform music from the entire span of music history (especially recent works of this century), and enjoy the wider social life that comes from belonging to a group of this nature. You do not need to be a practising Christian to join the choir, but we do hope that prospective members will be sympathetic to our Cathedral’s mission. For more information about joining the choir or to arrange an informal audition, contact the Director of Music.
In addition to the Cathedral Choir, we support a variety of musical opportunities by guest artists. From young students to seasoned professionals, we extend a warm welcome to instrumentalists, organists, chamber groups, and visiting choirs. We are especially supportive of rising young professionals, and we collaborate extensively with students from the Schulich School of Music. In addition to concerts, guests are invited to offer their musical gifts at the 9 AM French Eucharist, 10:30 Choral Eucharist, or 4 PM Evensong. Interested artists should contact the Director of Music for more information.