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The Cathedral of the Holy Cross welcomes new choir members!

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 various choirs of the Cathedral assists the community in uplifting their voices in praise to God. As St. Augustine says, “Music is for the one who loves.”

There are several choirs at the Cathedral you may join. 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!

Cathedral Choir

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 with the Archdiocesan Choir. The Cathedral and Archdiocesan Choirs model 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.

Archdiocesan Festival and Youth Choir

Directed by Richard J. Clark, the Archdiocesan Choir consists of the Cathedral Choir plus dozens of singers and musicians from all over the Archdiocese of Boston. This often includes children aged nine through high school forming the Archdiocesan Youth Choir.

This choir performs several times during the year at special liturgical celebrations with His Eminence Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley. These are regularly televised on Catholic TV. This includes ordinations of priests and deacons, the Chrism Mass, and the Rite of Election among other liturgies. They have also sung at concerts and even the National Anthem at Fenway Park. Rehearsals are announced depending upon the event. For more information please e-mail Richard Clark.

Schola Amicorum ~ Traditional Latin Mass ~ Extraordinary Form

Under the direction of John Salisbury, the Schola Amicorum sings at the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form). High Mass with Gregorian Propers, chant and polyphony are celebrated each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and Holy Days. For more information please e-mail John Salisbury or see him after Mass.

El Coro Español | Misas en Español

El coro español canta en la misa de las 9:30 am los domingos y días santos dirigido por William Maldonado. Para obtener más información, envíe un correo electrónico a William Maldonado.

“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.”

Mr. Clark 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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