The Schola of St. Paul's Cathedral 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 a.m. service, providing music for that and special Cathedral and diocesan services September through June. 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.
Auditions for Cathedral Schola at St. Paul’s Cathedral are now open. Looking for singers to sing traditional Anglican Choral repertoire by both men and women composers, shape note repertoire and plainchant. A yearlong look at the music of William Billings (buried in the Boston Common) will lead to the 200th anniversary of the Church in June. Sunday morning rehearsal and service as well as Diocesan events.
The Aeolian-Skinner organ was dismantled during the Cathedral renovations and remains in storage while plans for its disposition are under way. Currently, music is provided by the Andover tracker organ located in the chancel.
OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR: LOUISE 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. As music director at the Cathedral she is directing a program that uses Anglican repertoire past and present to reflect liturgical practice as well as the specific needs of the St. Paul’s congregation.
Since 2014 she has been 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. MagnificatBoston sings at the Cathedral and throughout the Diocese. She has given organ recitals on both U.S. coasts and numerous places in between. She has been on the music faculty of Milton Academy, where, In 2008, she was awarded the Talbot Baker Award for Teaching. From 1994 - 2013 she helped found and coordinate a music exchange between Milton Academy and Le Conservatoire de Persan in Persan, France which resulted in ten exchange trips. This endeavor was supported by the Florence Gould Foundation. As a composer she has been commissioned by the American Guild of Organists (AGO) for both national and regional gatherings and the American Composers Forum. Among her recent works are two musical plays. “AMB” looks at the life of Anna Magdalena Bach through her musical notebook which served the Bach family in their musical instruction. The production of this play was supported by the Special Projects Fund from the American Guild of Organists, Boston Chapter. “The Young Shepherds’ Tale” is a musical play for Christmas scored for choir, congregation and organ which uses traditional carols to recount the Christmas narrative .
Louise co-headed the New Music Committee for the Boston 2014 AGO National Convention and is now the head of the AGO national New Music Committee which coordinates four commissioning funds. She has planned the WIM (Women In Music) Fest from 2016 - present for the Boston Chapter of the AGO, and presented at the first Musforum conference in Manhattan in June 2015. Louise likes to think of music in this way: “Music creates a connection when listeners listen, singers sing and players play.”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.
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