How can I keep from singing, Rev. Robert Lowry (arr. Robert I. Hugh)
Psalm 47, Srul Irving Glick
Morning Song (Cherokee ‘Amazing Grace’), arr. James E. Green
Ave Maria, Vladimir Vavilov, (arr. R. Kosowski)
Hark, I hear the harps eternal, trad. American Hymn (arr. Mark Hayes)
Communion – Panis Angelicus, César Franck (arr. R. Kosowski)
Postlude – The Lord Bless You and Keep You, R. Kosowski
Guest Choir Information
Answers to frequently asked questions:
- We accept applications through next calendar year only
- Only choral ensembles of 16 singers or more are eligible
- Only the conductor of the ensemble may apply
- Tour coordinators, travel agents, administrative assistants, or other intermediaries, may not apply on behalf of the conductor
- We cannot accommodate bands, orchestras, or chamber ensembles
- Applications for a performance are processed on a first-completed, first-considered basis
- Choral concerts take place during the 5:30 p.m. Saturday mass or on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.
- Choral concerts on Saturday take place in the choir loft only; choral concerts during weekdays take place on the steps leading up to the altar (front of the Cathedral; a cappella only) or the loft. Maximum number of persons in the loft is 80, including side balconies (which have no sight-lines to the central choir area). The number of seats available for choristers in the central choir area is 60.
- Choral concerts cannot take place during the Christmas holiday, Holy Week, or on Holy Days
- Choral concerts during the 5:30 p.m. mass may perform 15 minutes before the mass, during the Offertory, during the Communion and/or after the final hymn (a postlude); any other liturgical music will be performed by the Cathedral organist and cantor. NO PROFESSIONAL ENSEMBLES MAY SING FOR THE 5:30 P.M. MASS; ONLY THOSE CHOIRS THAT REGULARLY MINISTER AT A PARTICULAR PARISH WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE.
- Because of our busy schedule, no service music or hymns will be emailed, faxed or mailed to the performing group (5:30 participants only).
- No Cathedral docents are available to lead a tour before or after your performance at the Cathedral (5:30 p.m. mass only).
- The Cathedral does not offer any stipend or financial assistance to guest performing groups
- Keyboards, bands, drums or orchestras are not permitted
- There is no piano in the Cathedral, and only experienced organists may use the organ to accompany
- The choir loft will only hold 80 people maximum (this includes both side balconies, which have no sight-lines to the central choir area); seating for choristers in the choir area is 60.
- Only the director of the guest choir and music associates are allowed in the loft; parents and chaperones must remain downstairs
- The concert program must be appropriate for a sacred space and for the liturgical season
- On the day of the performance, your group must arrive by 5:00 p.m. ready to perform (5:30 p.m. mass; no space to warm up or change attire) or 3:45 p.m. (4:00 p.m. concert time; no space to warm up or change attire).
- During weekdays, concerts may only take place at 4:00 p.m. (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday); performance is limited to 45 minutes.
- While not mandatory, a donation to the Cathedral for use of our space would be very much appreciated
Choir Director Agreement
As the choir’s conductor, you must read COMPLETELY and have full knowledge and understanding of all the terms and conditions explained on this page. It is obvious in an online application when one has not read our terms and conditions fully. If so, your online application WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DENIED. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.
The online application form will serve as your letter of agreement. Being granted a performance date is contingent upon your consent to and compliance with all of the following:
Only the choir’s conductor may apply for a performance and be the contact person who will correspond with the Cathedral. The choir’s conductor will be the contact person on the day of the performance.
To prevent any misinformation that could lead to the cancellation of a performance, no tour coordinator, travel agent, representative, choir secretary, assistant choir director or administrative assistant can be the applicant or contact person.
Impersonating the choir’s conductor in this application process is a violation of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist’s policy and of Georgia State Law. Applications submitted by anyone other than the conductor named in the form will be automatically denied.
In the application form, you will need to provide your proposed program (including any encore selection), complete with composer/arranger names and the true performance timing of each piece. Applications submitted with a blank or incomplete proposed program, or without the true timing of each piece, will be automatically dismissed.
1. Choral concerts cannot take place on Sundays, during the Christmas holiday, during Holy Week, on Holy Days, and on most federal holidays.
2. We cannot “pencil in”, “hold” or “save” dates. Complete applications are processed on a first-submitted, first-considered basis. We are not responsible for ensuring that you send us the supporting materials required to complete your application. We do not send reminders. If your application for a certain date is incomplete and we receive a complete application from another ensemble for the same date, that ensemble will be granted the performance date.
3. Choral concerts take place on weekdays (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) at 4:00 p.m. to no later than 4:45 pm. Guest choirs may also sing for the 5:30 p.m. Saturday mass. ONLY CHOIRS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH A PARTICULAR PARISH AND SING ON A REGULAR BASIS AT SAID PARISH MAY SING FOR THE 5:30 P.M. MASS. These times are subject to availability and may be changed with little or no notice to accommodate Masses, other major events, or any construction work related to the Cathedral. Choral concerts on Saturday take place in the choir loft only; choral concerts during weekdays take place on the steps leading up to the altar (front of the Cathedral; a cappella only) or the loft. Maximum number of persons in the loft is 80, including side balconies (which have no sight-lines to the central choir area). The number of seats available for choristers in the central choir area is 60. No Cathedral docents are available to lead a tour before or after your performance (5:30 mass participants only).
4. We cannot schedule performances outside the above times because of the high number of other programs occurring at this busy cathedral throughout the day. We cannot accommodate any unscheduled, “drop-in” performances.
5. No fees or donations may be collected for performances, nor may any tickets, books, brochures, CDs or DVDs be sold.
6. Performing at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is on a voluntary basis only. The Cathedral offers no stipend or financial assistance of any kind. Guest ensembles are solely responsible for all travel and hotel accommodations, transportation to and from the Cathedral and meal expenses incurred.
7. Choirs perform acoustically, i.e. without microphones. The space is best suited for classical-music ensembles large enough (and whose singers resonate enough) to project without strain or fatigue. Soloists must be selected accordingly.
8. We strongly recommend that you program a cappella works for several practical reasons. There is no piano in the Cathedral, and the organ is the only keyboard instrument allowed to accompany. No digital keyboards, bands, drums or orchestras are permitted.
9. If you bring an accompanist to play the organ, this person will be able to watch you only by means of a mirror. This accompanist ought to be a bona fide organist with enough experience working in similar conditions to provide well-synchronized accompaniment support. Moreover, this person should have ample experience with large pipe organs to know exactly how to use the Cathedral’s organ properly without rehearsal and without assistance from our staff organists. An accompanist who lacks sufficient actual experience will struggle to provide adequate accompaniment support, and your performance could suffer artistically. Due to the busy schedule, we cannot offer any practice time on the organ. Therefore, any guest organist must come ready to perform “cold”. The Cathedral assumes no responsibility whatsoever, artistic or otherwise, if your accompanist lacks the qualifications to fulfill this role successfully. If available by prior arrangement, one of our staff organists might be able to provide accompaniment for a fee.
10. While the Cathedral does not require a program comprised entirely of sacred music for WEEKDAY concerts, we ask that your selections be respectful of the sacred space and of the liturgical season in which you plan to perform. We reserve the right to request changes to your proposed program accordingly.
11. For weekday concerts, your proposed program should consist of no more than 45 minutes of music, including any encore selection. No dance movement, interpretive, so-called “sacred” or otherwise, is allowed.
12. Concerts are listed on our web site once the application process has been finalized. Flyers and posters are not permitted. The size of the audience cannot be estimated. It varies according to the number of visitors present. Expect a certain level of non-audience, ventilation and street noise during your performance, and keep that in mind as you program quiet selections.
13. The Cathedral does not print programs for the concerts. In place of printed programs, we encourage you to elect one of your singers to announce each selection (or group of selections) briefly from a microphone that we provide for this purpose.
On the day of the performance:
14. Please come dressed for your performance. There is no opportunity to rehearse prior to the performance, and there is no space available to warm up or change attire. Additionally, there are limited bathrooms in the Cathedral; those bathrooms should not be used to change attire.
15. Your ensemble is not required to wear a uniform or robes, but the attire must be dressy. We do not allow T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, jeans, flip-flops, tennis shoes, sneakers, etc. If your performers wear robes, men should wear dark pants and dark shoes, and women should wear dark shoes. As a general rule, skirts must extend below the knee, and shoulders must be covered. Inappropriate dress may result in the cancelation of your performance. Please let us know if you have any question about proper attire.
16. Please enter the Cathedral in orderly fashion through the doors on Abercorn no later than 3:45 PM (15:45) for weekday concerts, and 5:00 p.m. (17:00) for Saturday evening concerts.
17. All members of your ensemble (conductor, choristers, organist, soloists, managers, chaperones, etc.) must maintain full professional decorum at all times, be respectful of the sacred nature of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and hold silence out of respect for those who are praying in the cathedral, and treat our space and our staff with proper care and etiquette.
18. Flash photography and use of mobile telephones for texting, use of social media, to photograph peers or to record any part of a Mass, are forbidden.
19. No drinks (including bottled water) or food are allowed in the cathedral.
20. Personal belongings, such as coats and handbags, may stay on either side of the loft during the performance with someone assigned with watching them. For concerts on weekdays sung from the altar steps, belongings may stay in the pews with someone from your group assigned with watching them. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist assumes no responsibility for any lost or stolen personal items.
21. When it is time, a staff member will signal your singers to walk to the sanctuary steps (weekdays); the Cathedral organist will cue you to begin (Saturdays).
22. For a weekday performance, your performance must end no later than 4:45 PM (17:45) sharp, even if it starts late for any reason. Our schedule limitations are strictly non-negotiable. You must be ready to cut one or more numbers if your performance risks going past 4:45 PM for any reason.
23. After the conclusion of the performance, your ensemble and its guests may take pictures only for a brief moment. Do not linger and have unnecessary conversation.
24. Please maintain professional decorum and keep all mobile telephones switched off until you have left the cathedral.
25. Full adherence to all of the above conditions has direct impact on your ensemble’s eligibility to apply for a performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist at a later date.
26. Tardiness, or inappropriate dress, repertoire or behavior may result in the cancelation of your performance. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is under no obligation to advertise, but may list your performance via web site calendar and other publications distributed by the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or change any and all confirmed performances subject to liturgical or other needs of the Cathedral or the Diocese of Savannah, and assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for performance cancelations.
27. While not mandatory, a donation to the Cathedral is very much appreciated; checks should be made out to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and “Music Ministry” written in the memo line.