About the Cathedral Choir

The Cathedral Choir, the resident liturgical choir at the Cathedral, draws its members from the most distinguished musicians in the DC-area region. Employing nine regular singers, the ensemble performs alongside the student choristers for weekly worship services, events of national or ecumenical significance, and an annual concert series that champions a breadth of historical and contemporary repertoire. 

Recent high-profile engagements include state funerals for President George H.W. Bush, Senator Bob Dole, former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s memorial service. Upcoming highlights of the season include performances of Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé Requiem, and Monteverdi Vespers alongside renowned period orchestras.  

Over the course of a year, the Cathedral Choir’s regular singers participate in more than  250 services, including Sunday Eucharists, weekday Evensongs and holidays within the liturgical season. In addition, the Choir engages singers for external events, weddings, celebrations of life, prayer services, concerts and special projects that engage a choir. 

Application Requirements

The Cathedral Choir invites highly talented singers to join our roster of outstanding professionals. Our core constituency consists of nine alto, tenor, and bass singers, supplemented with a substitute roster across all voice types.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a high level of musical proficiency and fluency in sight-reading. Washington National Cathedral’s regular liturgical calendar encompasses the following weekly services: 

  • Sunday Eucharist: 11:15 am, with a rehearsal at 10:00 am
  • Sunday Evensong: 4 pm, with a rehearsal at 2:45 pm
  • Monday–Thursday Evensongs: 5:30 pm with a rehearsal at 4:45 pm

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We generally offer in-person auditions during early summer of each year. 

To apply, please email the Cathedral Music Office with a performance resume and two vocal samples.