Our Music Director
Leo Abbott | Music Director and Organist

Leo Abbott
| Cathedral Music Director and Organist

Leo Abbott is a graduate of the St. Paul Choir School, Cambridge, and the Chaloff School of Music, Boston. His teachers include Theodore Marier, George Faxon, Clarence Watters, and Flor Peeters in organ; Naji Hakim in improvisation; and Julius Chaloff in piano. He holds the Fellowship and Choirmaster certificates of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), has won first prize in several international and national competitions, and was a finalist at the Grand Prix de Chartres in 1984.

In 1986, Leo was appointed music director and organist of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston.

Mr. Abbott has performed throughout the United States and in France, Belgium, and Ireland, and for conventions of the AGO and the Organ Historical Society. He is an active member of the AGO, the Organ Historical Society, and the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musician. In 2010, he performed at Notre-Dame and Saint-Sulpice, Paris.

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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Join Us!
“Those who sing, pray twice.”
… Choir members wanted.

If you’re blessed with a pleasant singing voice, consider using it to glorify the Lord! The acclaimed Cathedral Choir rehearses two Thursday evenings per month, with warm-up rehearsals on Sunday mornings before the 11:30 a.m. Mass (usually at 10:15 a.m. in the choir room). Prior experience in singing with a choir is helpful. Contact Cathedral Music Director Leo Abbott at 617.542.5682 or email him at