The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA, seeks professional singers for permanent and substitute positions for all voice parts as well as cantor opportunities. (Semi-professional choir. The professional core will constitute an ensemble separate from the semi-professional whole.)
Substitute choristers must be available on Sunday mornings.
Choristers are engaged from September through June with Thursday night rehearsals, reoccurring Sunday Masses at 9 and 11 a.m., occasional diocesan events, other events as scheduled, and concert opportunities.
This ministry enriches, embellishes, and supports the celebration of the Liturgy through God's gift of music. Discernment of this gift through an informal audition, the ability to read music, and experience as a choral singer are required. Rehearsals are each Thursday from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm and 45 minutes prior to each Liturgy at which this choir is scheduled to sing. The “requirements” for the Cathedral Choir include the ability to read music, prior choral experience, and a brief audition/interview. At the brief audition/interview, you will sing a song (or part of a song) of your choice; you will sing a series of vocal exercises; and you will sight sing a part of a choral piece.
Cathedral Concert Series
In keeping with the tradition of cathedrals throughout the ages, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart actively promotes and engages in the arts and social outreach for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and the Greater Richmond Area.
“The Cathedral Concert Series” and “The Guest Artists & Guest Choirs At Cathedral Liturgies Series” are made possible through a generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; a generous music ministry endowment created by + Frank T. Eck; a generous music ministry endowment created by J. Alfred & Margaret Broaddus, Jr.; and the generosity of the community of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
The Museum of Virginia Catholic History was established by the Most Reverend Walter F. Sullivan, eleventh Bishop of Richmond. In the late 1990s, Bishop Sullivan recognized a growing need for a permanent environment in which to collect and display the rare artifacts and memorabilia that belonged to the Diocese. With the intention of creating a space in which to illustrate the rich history of Catholicism in Virginia, plans to establish a Diocesan museum began to take shape.
Through the efforts and determination of Anne C. Edwards, then Chancellor of the Diocese, Bishop Sullivan’s vision came to fruition in May of 2003 as the Museum of Virginia Catholic History opened its doors to the public for the first time.
In 2008, following the relocation of the Diocesan administrative offices and archives to the new Pastoral Center, the decision was made to move the museum collections into the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, the mother church of the Diocese. The Cathedral is a well-visited national historic landmark, making it an ideal location for the display of museum artifacts.
Presently, there are two museum exhibits installed in the Cathedral: Built on a Cornerstone of Faith: The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, located in the Baptistery Gallery, and a temporary exhibit illustrating the history of the Diocese of Richmond which is located in the Crypt & Undercroft area. Additionally, there are four informational displays in the Cathedral’s vestibule and aisle cases that illustrate the Cathedral’s early history, highlighting its 1906 Consecration Day.
Our Mission The mission of the Museum of Virginia Catholic History is to collect, preserve and interpret artifacts of spiritual and cultural significance belonging to Virginia’s Catholic community.
Through its collection, the Museum traces the history of the Diocese of Richmond from its establishment in 1820 up to the present day. The items on exhibit help to tell the story of the Diocese, illustrating the development of Catholic faith and identity in Virginia.
By preserving these unique artifacts, future generations of Catholics are assured a visible memory and greater understanding of the people, places and events that have helped to shape Catholicism in the state.
The Museum of Virginia Catholic History is committed to educating visitors about the challenges Virginia’s early Catholic men and women encounters and overcame, enabling Catholicism to flourish.