The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The earthly liturgy is a foretaste of the heavenly liturgy, and liturgical worship is given a more noble form when celebrated solemnly in song.
To this end, our Cathedral diligently promotes choirs in order to illuminate the Word of God, support the voice of the faithful, and lift their hearts and minds that they may fully and actively participate in all liturgical celebrations.
The Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ
The 70-member Cathedral Choir of the Risen Christ sings at the 10.30am Mass every Sunday and at most major feast days and major liturgical celebrations.
As a full SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir, it has performed in 17 countries and has sung twice for Pope Saint John Paul II and once for Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. The choir has also sung / performed in major ecclesiastical venues including St Peter’s Basilica, The Notre Dame in Paris, the Westminster Abbey, and non-religious venues such as Disneyland (Anaheim).
The Choir’s repertoire includes Gregorian chant, polyphonic works by composers such as Bach, Handel and Mozart, traditional and modern Catholic hymnody, as well as compositions by evangelical composers such as Don Moen.
It regularly presents thematic soirees of sacred music in favour of worthy social causes and is well-reputed for its annual Christmas presentation at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.
Experience in choral singing, though helpful, is not a requirement to join the choir. Attendance at 80% of the choir’s schedule of activities (liturgical celebrations and rehearsals) is a requirement.
Rehearsals are generally limited to Sundays from 9:00 am to 10.15am for most parts of the year.
Rehearsals for Easter are held from noon to 2:00 pm on Sundays in Lent until Palm Sunday.
Rehearsals for the Christmas season begin from Sundays in September until the Second Sunday in Advent, from noon to 2:00 pm.
The choir focuses on nurturing the spiritual development of its members through understanding and full participative immersion in the liturgical celebrations of Mother Church.
An alumnus of the Royal Academy of Music (London), the Choral Director develops the choral skills of the members. Greater emphasis is given to understanding the spiritual significance of the works performed to enhance the individual member’s level of participation and contribution to beautify the liturgical ceremonies at the Cathedral, and to maintain a worthy standard.
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The Cathedral Evening Choir
This choir sings the Saturday and Sunday evening Masses throughout the year, using a universal repertoire of plainchant, traditional hymnody, and polyphonic motets that reflects the readings of the day.
Formed in late-2016, the Cathedral Evening Choir aims to maintain a worthy standard of liturgical music, to preserve and promote the Church’s treasury of sacred music, and to develop a professional rigour among its organists and choristers.
There is year-round training for choristers, cantors, conductors, and organists, to impart the necessary skills and values needed to serve at Masses.
Rehearsals begin an hour before each Mass, and every Sunday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm throughout the year. An attendance rate of 85% for both Masses and rehearsals is expected for choristers.
Applicants should be able to sing reasonably well. The ability to read music or sight-sing is an advantage. The choir encourages children above the age of 10 to apply.
The Cathedral Organ Scholar Programme
As the pipe organ is integral to the Catholic liturgy, organists must be trained in its proper use to support the singing during liturgical celebrations.
The programme aims to develop reliable and confident organists who are proficient in aural and musical skills that will be used during the liturgy, such as accompanying a choir and leading the congregation during Masses and devotions.
Applicants should have at least an ABRSM Grade 5 in keyboard skills, and prior experience in playing the pipe organ is an advantage, although not required. Admission to the programme is by audition and interview.
The scholarship pays for lessons with an approved organ teacher over a 12-month period, which may be extended if the student shows good progress.
Tuition will be provided by a qualified organ teacher in Singapore, chosen from a panel approved by the Director, and the scholar is expected to serve one year as an organist at the Cathedral for each year of tuition.
As this course is designed to develop practical musicianship in a liturgical context, scholars must join one of the Cathedral’s choirs and play for at least one weekend Mass or devotion every fortnight after six months of study.
Children from the age of 10 are encouraged to apply.