St Stephen's Cathedral Schola
The Cathedral Schola was founded in 2000 and is currently a nine member professional choral ensemble. Its major responsibility is the 12.00 noon Mass on most Sundays, but it takes on extra duties from time to time and especially over the major seasons of the Church’s Year such as Lent, Easter, Advent and Christmas. As a professional ensemble it sings the major church repertoire of the last four or five centuries with a special emphasis on current Classical sacred music from Australia and the rest of the world. The Schola released its first CD recording, A New Song, in December 2005. It is available from the Cathedral office and Gift Shop.
Membership of the ensemble is through audition in December and January.
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Tuesday rehearsals 6 – 7 or 6- 8
Sunday rehearsal and Mass 11.30 – 1.00
The ensemble’s year begins in early February and continues up to and including Christmas morning. On occasions there are extra services on weeknights or weekends. The choir sings during university vacations with the exception of the end of December and January as listed above.
Approximately once a month the ensemble has a Sunday which is scheduled “off”.
The members of the ensemble also fulfil solo cantorial duties at the noon and 7.30 pm masses on an eight week rotation.
Since this is a professional and paid appointment, members of the group are expected to make themselves available for events where reasonable notice has been given.
The choir also sings for concerts and outside events on occasions.
Choristers currently receive remuneration of $410 per month based on an 11-month year.
CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS
Vacancies will be filled through an audition and interview which lasts approximately 45 minutes. Auditions are held in the period November – early February. The audition consists of
The Director might suggest that the applicant attend a rehearsal and/or mass as well as part of the audition. The ensemble is auditioned every year and current members will reaudition as part of the process.
DEADLINES AND TIMEFRAME
It is expected that the audition process will be completed by the beginning of February, and that new members will begin their contracts at some time early in February.
For further information or to submit a request for audition form please contact:
Director of Music
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
GPO Box 282
Brisbane, Qld 4001
Phone: (07)3324 3009
Audition forms may be submitted by mail or e-mail.
The Cathedral is located at 249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane (just a little beyond the Elizabeth/Edward Street intersection).
The choir room where auditions and rehearsals are located is in Mercy House, 172 Charlotte Street, Brisbane (in the Cathedral grounds)