Saint Mark’s Cathedral’s music ministry was first developed during the forty-year tenure, 1951-1991, of Canon Precentor Emeritus Peter R. Hallock. Saint Mark’s established a national reputation in music, particularly through the Compline Choir, the installation of the Flentrop organ in 1965, and through Dr. Hallock’s compositions.
This tradition was continued in 1992 with the appointment of Mel Butler as Organist/Choirmaster. From 1996 to 2002, Dent Davidson served as Music Associate, and brought tremendous growth to the music ministry particularly in the area of youth music. From 2001 to 2015, Brian Fairbanks served first as Associate for Youth Music, then as Associate Musician, and developed the youth music curriculum further into what is now The Saint Mark’s Choir School.
In 2015, Michael Kleinschmidt began his tenure as Canon Musician for the Cathedral and in short order appointed Rebekah Gilmore Associate Musician and Choir School Director (full time), and John Stuntebeck Associate Organist (part time).
Several CDs have been produced by the choirs of Saint Mark’s Cathedral, and are available through The Cathedral Shop.
|The Cathedral Choir||This choir of forty to fifty skilled men and women sings most Sunday morning 11:00 a.m. services, in addition to a wide range of festival services and concerts, and rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings between September and mid-June. Its repertory spans over eight centuries of the finest liturgical music, from Gregorian chant to brand new compositions.
Admission to this group is by audition. Please contact: Michael Kleinschmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org, x220.
|The Saint Mark’s Singers||This is a group of thirty dedicated singers who provide music for the 9:00 a.m. service each Sunday, rehearsing on the first or second Wednesday evening monthly. Their repertory ranges from Mozart to more contemporary styles including gospel and folksong. All who love to sing and want to learn more about liturgical music are welcome to join the choir. No audition is required.
Contact: Michael Kleinschmidt, email@example.com, x220.
|The Choir School|| Saint Mark’s Choir School is comprised of three groups of children and youth: The Junior Choristers, the Senior Choristers, and the Cathedral Schola. Read more about the Choir School here.
|The Evensong Choir|| This is Saint Mark’s intergenerational ensemble consisting of advanced Senior Choristers and the Schola of the Choir School plus twelve to twenty auditioned adult singers. They offer Choral Evensong in the English Cathedral tradition on the first Sunday of the month at 4:30 p.m., October through May, and sing occasional special liturgies at Christmas and in Holy Week.
Contact: Michael Kleinschmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Compline Choir||Every Sunday evening at 9:30 p.m. in the Cathedral’s darkened nave, the all-male Compline Choir offers a formal choral service of ancient prayers and praises to prepare the soul for a restful night. It is a beloved Seattle tradition. More information about the choir and the liturgy of Compline can be found on the Compline Choir website.|