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Choir

Interim Music Director: Louise E. Mundinger

Louise Mundinger is an organist, conductor and composer living in the Boston area since 1980. As a church musician, recitalist and teacher she delights in the many and different doings that come with being an organist. She is the music director for MagnificatBoston, a choir of choristers from throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts specializing in the promotion and singing of Evensong services in the (Episcopal)Diocese of Massachusetts. She attended New England Conservatory and Valparaiso University, with additional study in Freiburg, Germany in 1985-86 during which time she played recitals, studied new music for the organ and learned to conduct a choir in German. She has given organ recitals on both US coasts and numerous places in between. Since 1986 she has been on the music faculty of Milton Academy, a college preparatory secondary boarding school. In 2008 she was awarded the Talbot Baker Award for Teaching by the Academy. At Milton, Louise Mundinger plays the 30-stop 1971 Casavant organ for chapel services and special events, directs choral groups and musical theater productions, teaches music history and General Music classes and coordinates an international music exchange program. As a composer she has been commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for both national and regional gatherings and the American Composers Forum. Among her recent works is The Young Shepherds’ Tale, a musical play for choir, congregation and organ.   Louise Mundinger co-headed the New Music Committee for the Boston 2014 AGO National Convention, and is currently planning WIMFest2016 (Women in Music) for the Boston Chapter of the AGO to be held on May 22nd. She presented at the first Musforum conference in Manhattan in June 2015. Louise Mundinger likes to think of music in this way: “Music creates a connection when listeners listen, singers sing and players play.”

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The Choir

The merged choir of St. Paul's Cathedral and St. John the Evangelist is made up of young professional singers as well as students from Boston's conservatories and universities. They meet to rehearse on Sundays before the 10:30 service, providing music for that and weekday evening services September through May. Sometimes joined by guest musicians, the choir leads the congregation in hymns and service music in addition to singing anthems, which range in era and style from medieval chant to Gospel arrangements accompanied on our 1880s Steinway piano. 

OrganThe Organ

The Aeolian-Skinner organ is currently dismantled during the Cathedral renovations.  The organ at St. John the Evangelist was built in 1889 by George Hutchins and originally installed in what is now the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. It was a gift for the life of Fr. Hall, who had just recovered from a severe illness. The organ was moved to the gallery in 1930, electrified by Hook and Hastings and provided with a new case. It was restored to tracker action in 1975 by Philip Beaudry. This was the instrument of composer and choir director Everett Titcomb. He is recognized with re-introducing the American church to Plainchant, and he composed a substantial breadth of work that is still popular and used today by churches across the Anglican Communion.