The Choirs of Saint Mark's
- Saint Mark's Adult Choirs
- Saint Mark's Choir School
- Instrumental Groups
- Affiliated Choirs and Artists in Residence
The Cathedral Choir
Mel Butler directs this choir of forty five skilled men and women. The Cathedral Choir sings most Sunday morning 11:00 services, in addition to a full range of festival services and concerts. The Cathedral Choir presents a diverse repertoire of traditional music. Admission to this group is by audition.
The Saint Mark’s Singers
Directed by Mel Butler, this is a group of twenty–five dedicated singers who provide music for the 9:00 a.m. service each Sunday. The Saint Mark’s Singers repertoire ranges from the likes of Mozart and Elgar to more "contemporary" styles of gospel and jazz.
Brian Fairbanks directs this chamber choir of men and women who provide music for Evensongs, summer Sundays, and festival services. The Gallery Choir’s repertoire includes music of many traditions, including Hebrew, African, Jazz, and traditional Anglican music. Admission to this group is by audition. The Gallery Choir has openings as of September 2013. Please contact Brian Fairbanks: email@example.com; 206.323.0300, ext. 294.
The Women’s Choir is directed by Brian Fairbanks. Made up of women of varying backgrounds and abilities, the Women’s Choir provides music for Evensong, Labyrinth walks, and other special occasions, with a repertoire ranging from the music of Hildegard of Bingen to the ecumenical chant of the Taizé community.The Women's Choir has openings as of September 2013. Please contact Brian Fairbanks: firstname.lastname@example.org; 206.323.0300, ext. 294.
Making known the love of God and the beauty of God’s creation through our song, learned from many cultures and many faith traditions.
Saint Mark’s Choir School singers are ministers of music. We aspire to teach, to learn, to inspire and to lead the varied communities of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, the Diocese of Olympia, and the city of Seattle through our work as liturgical ministers. As a community service of Saint Mark’s Cathedral no audition is required, and no annual fee is charged.
Saint Mark’s is a member of the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCM). The curriculum, based on RSCM’s Voice for Life, emphasizes well-rounded musicianship as well as life long growth in music and faith; vocal and ear training as well as theoretical knowledge; and ministry through liturgical leadership and community service.
Now registering for the 2013-2014 season!
Enrollment accepted through September. Download the registration form here. Submit registrations forms to Rebekah Gilmore or Brian Fairbanks (Saint Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102 or via email.)
The Junior Choristers
Boys and Girls, Kindergarten/Early Elementary; Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:15 pm; Director: Rebekah Gilmore: Our youngest choir, where singers learn basic musicianship skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Their music is drawn from a variety of cultures and sung in a variety of languages. They sing primarily at Sunday morning services about once a month.
2014 first rehearsal: September 10, Parent Meeting/Potluck 5:30 - 6:15pm.
The Boys and Girls Choir
Boys and Girls, Upper Elementary/Middle School; Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:15 - 7:45 pm; Director: Rebekah Gilmore: This choir sings Choral Evensong on the first Sunday of the month, and Sunday Eucharists on the third Sunday. Members receive small group instruction in musicianship, vocal technique and liturgical ministry. Special events include: The Annual Children’s Choir Festival, Ambassador Weekends, sleepovers, etc.
Weds., Sept. 10, 5:15-6:15PM Potluck and Parent Meeting and Boys/Girls Choir Chorister check-in (Bloedel Hall)
The Youth Ensemble
Young Men and Women,Middle/High School, or young men with changed voices; Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm; Director, Brian Fairbanks: The Ensemble sings Choral Evensong on the third Sunday of the month, and Sunday Eucharists on the first Sunday. This choir sings music from a variety of traditions, from Taizé chant to gospel to world and traditional music. Singers receive individualized instruction in vocal technique, ear training and music theory. This choir regularly provides music for special services, such as the Cathedral’s Christmas Eve services and the Easter Vigil.
2013 first rehearsal: September 5.
We welcome boys and girls (rising 3rd grade - 8th grade), regardless of church affiliation, who are interested in singing beautiful and exciting music of the Christian faith in the striking cathedral setting, while growing as musicians and children of God. Music will be complemented throughout the week by visual arts projects, field trips, and outdoor activities in the green spaces around the Cathedral. Camp faculty include the Cathedral Choir School staff: Dr. Mel Butler, Rebekah Gilmore, and Brian Fairbanks.
Save the date! Choir Camp 2015: July 13-17 (with Sunday participation on July 19)
The 9:00 Ensemble
This group provides instrumental support for the 9:00 service with guitars, percussion, winds, keyboards and strings. Contact: Mel Butler
Every Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m. in the Cathedral's nave, the all-male Compline Choir leads this formal choral service that is a Seattle tradition. More information about the Compline Choir can be found on the Compline Choir's website. Information about the Sunday evening Compline service at the Cathedral is available here.
Artists in Residence: Peregrine Medieval Vocal Ensemble
The Peregrine Medieval Vocal Ensemble is dedicated to opening a space for prayer and contemplation through plainchant and other forms of medieval music. Peregrine provides music for liturgies and conetmplative events.
Artists in Residence: Cathedral Trio
The Cathedral Trio (Brian Fairbanks, flute, Joyce Ramée, viola, and Naomi Kato, harp) has been a resident ensemble at Saint Mark’s Cathedral since 2008, performing each year on the Arts at Saint Mark’s Series, as well as in venues around the Puget Sound area. In addition to numerous performances of standard works for their instrumentation, the Cathedral Trio has performed a wide repertoire of other lyrical and original works, including music by Jan Bach, Ian Krouse, Dave Volpe, William Mathias, and Bruce Babcock. The trio has given two world premieres of works composed for them Tears of God,(2011) by Seattle composer Dell Wade and In the Moonlight,(2010) by eminent Japanese composer Jiro Censhu.
Affiliated Choir: Seattle Choral Company
The Seattle Choral Company shares the diverse spectrum of choral music with the widest possible community by presenting accessible, engaging, and informative programs that are respected for their innovation and artistic excellence. Seattle Choral Company. Contact: Freddie Coleman, 206-365-8765, email@example.com
Affiliated Choir: Byrd Ensemble
THE BYRD ENSEMBLE is a Seattle-based vocal ensemble specializing in the performance of chamber vocal music. Since 2004, the ensemble has performed medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and modern music on an international stage. The group’s creative efforts are led by Markdavin Obenza. www.byrdensemble.com.
Affiliated Choir: Mägi Ensemble
Heather MacLaughlin Garbes, Founder and Artistic Director
Named for the "First Lady of Estonian Music", the Mägi Enesmble is a professional ensemble of eight singers that focuses on music from the Baltic region (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). The Mägi Ensemble performs and records music that is rarely heard outside of that area and also strives to be an ambassador for the power of music in inter-cultural dialogue and identity. magiensemble.com.