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Cathedral Choir will begin rehearsals on Thursday, September 7.  If you enjoy singing, consider singing with us; we are always happy to hear from new singers interested in joining.  The choir rehearses in the Cathedral Undercroft at 7:30 pm on Thursdays and sings approximately every alternate Sunday from Labor Day until Mother’s Day.  You can write to the Director of Music < graham.bier@bacathedral.org > if you have any questions or would like to stop by a rehearsal to see what we’re about.

Only one more Sunset Organ Vespers remains in our inaugural season.  Mark your calendar:  September 17 with Rudolph Lucente, who played as a featured organist at the 2011 dedication service of our Allen Digital Organ.  The theme of the readings will be “Forgiveness”.  The service begins at 7:00 pm.

Cathedral Chorister auditions will be coming in mid-September.  If you know a child who likes to sing, grades 3-8, keep an eye out for the upcoming announcements once details are finalized.  (Choristers will rehearse 4:30-6 pm on Thursdays starting in October).

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For a list of upcoming musicians and the next repertoire list at the Cathedral, click here.

Bryn Athyn Church benefits from a vibrant musical community with singers and instrumentalists at all levels.  There are many ways to get involved in the church music scene here, including choirs, bands, and instrumental groups.  In addition to festival services, we offer four services on Sundays, each with their own style of music and worship:

9:20 am  – Informal Family Service in Heilman Hall
This service features Contemporary Christian music led by a varying team of musicians often including guitar, piano, and bass.  It opens with ten minutes of music, and also includes three songs in the body of the service.  On a given Sunday, most or all of the music is sing-along.

9:30 am  – Family Service in the Cathedral
A more traditional service, the music is supported by the organist, and includes four hymns as well as two other short selections.  The service is preceded by meditative preludes starting at 9:20, and followed by a postlude.

9:30 am  – Young Children’s Church in the Council Chamber
This service is aimed at families with very young children, and the regular musician is a pianist.  There are three children’s hymns, as well as several minutes of preludes before the service and a postlude at the end.

11:00 am  – Adult Service in the Cathedral
The most formal of the services, this is another service primarily supported by the organ.  It is preceded by meditative preludes starting at 10:40, and includes four hymns, an interlude, and a postlude, as well as an Office with selections sung by the congregation.  Guest musicians often bring variety alongside the customary organ music, and this service is the home of the Cathedral Choir.

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