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Liturgical Music

The Cathedral music program’s primary focus is to support the assembly

at worship in the singing of the hymns and responses,

and to lift their hearts and minds through the music of the Church.


Men & Boys

 

Thanks to the rich cultural diversity apparent throughout the Diocese of Oakland,

The Cathedral of Christ the Light is also home to an ethnically diverse community

with several choirs and ensembles leading the faithful in sung prayer.

 


The Cathedral Men's Schola

The Men's Schola consists of auditioned professional and volunteer singers. The Men's Schola sing regularly at the 10am Solemn Mass on Sundays.     This group forms the foundation for two other choirs at the cathedral: The Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys and The Cathedral Camerata.

The Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys

The Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys sings occasionally on Sundays at the 10am Solemn Mass, and on various Holy Days and other liturgical celebrations such as Chrism Mass and Ordinations.

The boy sopranos are drawn from the Pacific Boychoir Academy, choir-in-residence of the cathedral.  For more information about the Pacific Boychoir Academy, please visit PacificBoyChoirAcademy.org

The Cathedral Camerata

The Cathedral Camerata is a semi-professional ensemble that combines the Men's Schola with women sopranos.  They sing reguarly at the Sunday 10am Solemn Mass from September through June in addition to other liturgical celebrations throughout the year.

The St. Hildegard Schola

The St. Hildegard Schola is an ensemble of women and girls age ten and up.  They sing on Saturdays at the 5:30pm Vigil Mass and for various other liturgical celebrations throughout the year.  Repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to other great choral music for treble voices written through the centuries to current day.

The Vietnamese Choir

The Vietnamese Choir sing at the Vietnamese Mass on Sundays at 8am and at several additional liturgies throughout the year.

The Filipino Choir

The Filipino Choir provides music for the Mass at 12pm on Sundays, with several music selections in Tagalog, celebrating our Filipino community here at the Cathedral. (No audition is required for this group)

The Spanish Music Ensemble

The Spanish Music Ensemble provides music for the 2pm Spanish Mass on Sundays.

 

For information on how to audition for any of the choirs, please contact the Cathedral Director of Music:

Dr. Rudy de Vos

510-496-7227

 

Cathedral Concerts

For information about concerts taking place at the Cathedral, please visit the Concert & Events page or the Calendar.

Conroy Memorial Organ

When it became clear several years ago that Oakland would become home to a great cathedral, Daniel Whalen and his wife, Katharine Conroy Whalen, thought again of her mother, Gerry Conroy. The Whalens soon made the decision to contribute to build a custom-made world-class pipe organ. Their gift to the Cathedral of Christ the Light funded the design, manufacture and installation of the Létourneau 92 ranks, four-manual, pedal organ with 5298 pipes.

The organ is used primarily in liturgy, as well as featured in concerts throughout the year.  The specification of the organ is available here.