Music

 
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross welcomes new choir members!

Under the direction of Richard J. Clark, the Cathedral Choir sings at the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays, Holy Days, and special Archdiocesan liturgical celebrations. The liturgical life of the Cathedral is a beacon of faith and light to not only the Cathedral Parish but to the entire Archdiocese of Boston. Nurturing the faithful through joyful prayer and song, the Cathedral Choir assists the community in uplifting their voices in praise to God.

Furthermore, the Cathedral Choir models the ideals of sacred music espoused by Vatican II, singing music that spans centuries — from Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony to sacred treasures of the Twenty-First Century.

Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:15 p.m. As St. Augustine says, “Music is for the one who loves.” If you love to sing, please e-mail Richard Clark or speak to him after Mass. Through your prayer and through your song, you may affect people in ways you may never know. We look forward to hearing from you!

“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.”
Our Music Director
Richard J. Clark | Music Director and Organist

Richard J. Clark
| Cathedral Music Director and Organist

Richard J. Clark is the Director of Music of the Archdiocese of Boston and Director of Music and Organist of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

As Director of Music of the Archdiocese, Mr. Clark will oversee music at archdiocesan liturgies as well as provide leadership and guidance to parish music programs and archdiocesan liturgical projects.

Prior to his appointment at the Cathedral in September 2018, Richard J. Clark served Saint Cecilia Parish in Boston for 28 years where he oversaw a diverse and thriving parish music program. He also served Boston College and the Jesuit Community as Organist and Cantor at Saint Mary’s Chapel from more than 14 years. Furthermore, he has served the Archdiocese in numerous liturgical projects, conferences, and liturgies. This includes directing music for the 2017 and 2018 Presbyteral Ordinations, the Dedication Mass of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage, directing recordings of The Roman Missal Chants (2011), overseeing music for the 2016 National Conference on Diocesan Vocation Directors, and editing the  “Music for First Communion and Confirmation – A Catechetical Guide for Liturgical Celebrations” (2015). In addition, he served on the Advisory Committee for the St. Paul Hymnal (2016).

As a composer, his liturgical, choral, and organ works have been performed worldwide and are published by World Library Publications, Lorenz/The Sacred Music Press, CanticaNOVA Publications, RJC Cecilia Music, and Corpus Christi Watershed. As performer and composer his eclectic appearances include St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NY), Saint-Eustache (Paris), the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (D. C.), the Celebrity Series of Boston, Fenway Park, and the New York Songwriters Circle at NYC’s historic “The Bitter End.”

Clark earned degrees from the Berklee College of Music and at The Boston Conservatory where he studied with James David Christie, organist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

He currently lives with his wife and four children in Milton, Massachusetts where they are parishioners at St. Agatha Parish.

 
The Cathedral Organ
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1875 Hook & Hastings pipe organ

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The Cathedral of the Holy Cross contains an 1875 E. and G. G. Hook & Hastings pipe organ, the largest, and arguably finest, instrument ever built by that company.

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