Men sing countertenor, tenor and bass in the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys and Cathedral Choir of Men and Girls. Professional female singers sing soprano and alto in the Cathedral Choir.

The Cathedral maintains a regular roster of professional singers (12 men and 4 women) as well as an extensive roster of substitutes. Singers are paid $100 per call; each call lasts a maximum of three hours, which includes both rehearsal and performance. Professional singers are not called for a regular weekly rehearsal; rather, music is rehearsed immediately prior to each service. Strong sight-reading skills are a requirement.

Schedule & Auditions

The Gentlemen of the Choir sing each week at the following services:

  • Wednesday: 5:30 pm Choral Evensong (4:45 pm call)
  • Thursday: 5:30 pm Choral Evensong (4:45 pm call)
  • Sunday: 11:15 am Holy Eucharist (10 am call) and 4 pm Choral Evensong (2:45 pm call)

Professional singers are also called for special services and concerts throughout the year.

Auditions for the choir last approximately 15 minutes and are held throughout the year. Successful candidates will spend another 20 minutes with a Human Resources representative to complete their hiring paperwork. Candidates should prepare an aria from either Handel’s Messiah or Bach’s St. John Passion; an accompanist will be provided.

For more information, or to schedule and audition, please call the Music Office at (202) 537-6216 or email musicoffice@cathedral.org.