From the Director of Cathedral Music
Welcome to Cathedral Music at the Cathedral of Saint James.
The Cathedral of Saint James, the Mother Church of the Episcopal Church in Northern Indiana, has had a distinguished musical tradition. This tradition continues and you are invited to take part!
We are always looking for individuals who are interested in praising God through music, assisting in the leading of worship services through music, and providing opportunities for outreach to the local community through musical programs.
We invite you to become a Friend of Cathedral Music by making a contribution to support the Music Ministries program of the Cathedral.
Feel free to contact me through the Cathedral Office if you would like to become involved or make a contribution to the Music Ministries of the Cathedral of Saint James.
Soli Deo Gloria
Dr. Steven Wietstock
Director of Music Ministries
The Cathedral Choir is a mixed voice, volunteer choir, currently numbering about 16 musicians, which leads the worship of the Cathedral congregation. The Choir has a long and distinguished history of service to the Cathedral, the Diocese and the community at large. The choir presents an eclectic mix of music drawing from a wealth of sacred music ranging from the polyphonic music of the 16th Century through the new classics of modern day composers. The Choir also presents one or two major works each year. The Cathedral Choir continually seeks to offer musical presentations which are characterized by beautiful tone and soulful interpretation.
The Choir leads the Sunday morning Eucharist during the school-year at the 10:15 a.m. service. In addition, the choir sings Choral Evensong several times a year. They also sing for ordination, installation and confirmation services held at the Cathedral and for Holy Days observed by the Cathedral and Diocese.
Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., with Sunday warm-up rehearsals at 9:15 a.m.
Committed to the ministry of the Cathedral of Saint James, the Choir welcomes all who are interested in participation, regardless of religious affiliation or faith practice. No audition is required; just a desire to lift your voice in song in praise to our God.
Throughout the year, members of the Cathedral assist in providing music for worship services or accompanying the choir through the use of instruments.
We invite anyone interested in offering their gifts of instrumental music or becoming involved in the Music Ministry of the Cathedral to contact the Director of Music Ministries through the Cathedral Office.
The first recorded instrument for the Church of Saint James was a "cabinet-type pipe organ" that was installed in the first church building for $400 after it was moved to the corner of Lafayette and Jefferson (site of the current County-City Building) in 1873.
It is unclear who the builder or the date of installation of the next instrument was when the current structure was opened in 1894. Early photos from the interior of the church show a pipe organ installed in the southwest corner of the church.
In 1923, a two manual, thirty-two register instrument was installed by the M.P. Moller company (Opus 3220) of Hagerstown, MD. This instrument continued to serve the congregation until the early 1970's. At that time, a hybrid pipe-electronic organ designed by the Rodgers Organ Company was installed. It consisted of 4-ranks of Rodgers pipework along with two ranks of the soft Pedal flutes from the 1923 Moller instrument.
In 2004, the Rodgers instrument was replace by a 3 manual Allen Renissance digital organ.
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