The Cathedral Choir and Schola, Members of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Dale Adelmann


Biography The Cathedral Choir and Schola, Members of The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Dale Adelmann



The Cathedral Choir
provides musical leadership primarily for the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass as well as various parish and Archdiocesan celebrations. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Cecilia Chapel. Membership is open to all by audition.

Each December, the Choir combines with the Archdiocesan Choir and performs in “Christmas at the Cathedral” as part of St. Louis Cathedral Concerts.

The choirs performed the Haydn “Mass in Time of War” in June, 2007 at the Cathedral and as part of the National NPM Convention in Indianapolis.

In 2009 they participated in the installation of our new Archbishop, The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson and a trip to Rome and Assisi for the special liturgies for Archbishop Carlson as he received his Pallium.

In 2012 the Cathedral Choir was joined by members of the Archdiocesan Choir on a tour to Germany in the footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI. The choir was invited to sing in the cathedrals of Regensburg, Munich, and the Basilica of Vierzehnheiligen.

General auditions are always held at the end of August and special auditions are available throughout the year. For more information, please email or call the Cathedral music office at music@cathedralstl.org or 314-373-8227.

The Cathedral Schola
is made up of select musicians and membership is by audition only. The schola performs special music for various occasions. The choir is especially dedicated to the rich musical heritage of the Roman Catholic Church, from Gregorian Chant to vocal polyphony and beyond.

Dale Adelmann
was named Canon for Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip in 2009, having served previously as music director of All Saints', Beverly Hills; St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo; and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. Through guest conducting in many parts of the USA – often under the auspices of the Royal School of Church Music – compact disc recordings for Gothic Records and Pro Organo (Zarex), and domestic and international choir tours, Dr. Adelmann has established a broad reputation for his choral work with adults and children alike.

Dr. Adelmann was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music during a ceremony at Salisbury Cathedral in September 2018. He has been a member of the external advisory board of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University for more than a decade, and he also serves on the board of the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music. He is a past president of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM), served terms both as editor and consulting editor of the Journal of AAM, and chaired the Internship Committee to found the AAM Gerre Hancock Fellowship. He has guest conducted the Atlanta Symphony Brass, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and has collaborated with chamber orchestras on many occasions, conducting his choirs in concert both with modern instruments and with baroque ensembles including NYS Baroque, Musica Angelica Baroque, and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra. As a presenter he has spoken at national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and he has twice conducted the Sewanee Church Music Conference. His choral arrangements are published by Paraclete Press, and in the Trinitas series of Oregon Catholic Press. His arrangements of Spirituals are featured on nearly a dozen professional compact discs, and "Swing low, sweet chariot" has been sung during live broadcasts of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion over National Public Radio.

Dr. Adelmann was the first North American to sing in the renowned Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, England, then under the direction of George Guest, where he gained truly extraordinary exposure to the historic canon of sacred choral music in England, singing seven choral services every week during university term for three years. His PhD dissertation at the University of Cambridge was subsequently published in book form as The Contribution of Cambridge Ecclesiologists to the Revival of Anglican Choral Worship 1839-62, which was hailed by critics in the scholarly and in the international church presses as "essential reading" for Anglican Church musicians and Church historians alike. While at Cambridge, Dale served as musical director of the Gentlemen of St John's, the semi-professional male choral ensemble comprised of the choral scholars of the St. John's College Choir, conducting tours of Sweden, Northern Ireland, Wales, and the USA. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Michigan and Yale University, respectively, and studied for a year at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany.

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