About Music at the Cathedral
“The treasury of Sacred Music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. Choirs must be diligently developed, especially in Cathedral Churches…” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 120)
At the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, the music program strives to emulate the great tradition of music at the magnificent cathedrals of Europe. The music provided by the various ensembles enhances worship throughout the liturgical year: Sunday and Holy Day Masses, weddings, funerals, and Diocesan events, including the Rite of Election, Confirmation, and Deaconate and Priesthood Ordinations.
Most liturgies at the Cathedral are accompanied by the Great Organ, one of the largest pipe organs in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Since 1990, Dr. Richard P. Gibala has been Director of Music at the Cathedral. He oversees the various ensembles and is the Cathedral’s principal organist.
Another major component of the music program is Cathedral Concerts, which for over half a century, has brought top quality sacred musical performances to the Cathedral at no cost to the audience.