“To foster appreciation of sacred music through high quality concerts, accessible and free to all…” (from the Cathedral Concerts missions statement)
For half a century, St. Thomas More Cathedral has maintained a unique ministry of bringing the work of established concert artists to the community at large through an annual series of free concerts in the exquisite acoustical environment of the Cathedral. Join us in continuing the marvelous tradition!
Cathedral Concerts is an outreach service dedicated to bringing the work of professional musicians to the Cathedral Community, and the DC area community-at-large. We sponsor concerts ranging from organ recitals to choral concerts and instrumental programs. Dates and performance details are published in a brochure. Every event is open to the parish and general community, and we encourage you to tell your friends about us. Free and ample parking is provided onsite, including accessible spaces for the physically challenged. A reception is held after each concert, where guests and performers meet and interact.
Our 2020-2021 Season
Fall Bash – Sept. 26 at 6:30 pm
Join us for this one-of-a-kind parking lot concert featuring several members of the Cathedral Choir. The fun family-friendly program includes well-known standards and musical theater numbers. Ice cream and Bingo will follow. Donations for the St. Lucy Food Project are encouraged. Please register on the Cathedral website to reserve a spot.
All Souls’ Day Mass – Nov. 2 at 7:00 pm
Join us at Mass to remember and pray for those who have gone before us to their eternal rest. Please join us in person or by livestream (details will be posted on the Cathedral website and social media).
Feast of Saint Cecilia – Nov. 22 at 4:00 pm
On this day, the Feast of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music and church musicians, the Cathedral’s string ensemble will perform a concert of sacred music, joined by Cathedral Cantor Shaina Murphy. Please join us in person or by livestream (details will be posted on the Cathedral website and social media).
Lessons and Carols – Dec. 6 at 4:00 pm
This long-time Cathedral tradition continues despite the pandemic. This traditional Advent service traces its origins to King’s College Chapel at Cambridge over 130 years ago. The service will intersperse the singing of Christmas carols and hymns with Scripture readings on the creation and redemption of man. Please join us in preparing our hearts for the coming of the Lord either in person or by livestream (details will be posted on the Cathedral website and social media).
Organ Recital by David Ball – Apr. 23 at 7:00 pm
Juilliard-trained organist David Ball (BM ’14, MM ’16) serves as Organist and Acting Head of Music Ministry at Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange, California (formerly the Crystal Cathedral). The New York Times declared his appearance in Juilliard’s FOCUS! Festival “a rousing performance”; he has been nationally broadcast on Pipedreams and WQXR-FM, and was recently named one of The Diapason’s 20 under 30. Learn more at davidballorgan.com.
How to Support Our Mission
As a self-sustaining service, Cathedral Concerts relies on the support of our donors to maintain this marvelous tradition. The cost of presenting these concerts is beyond the resources of the Cathedral parish to support on its own. Therefore, we rely on the generosity of our patrons in order to make the Concert Series a continuing part of the spiritual and cultural enrichment of Cathedral life and the Metropolitan Area Community.
We invite you to join many in our community who have already given from their treasure so that all may benefit from this beautiful tradition. As a sponsor, your support will be recognized in one of the following categories:
- Cathedral Angels ($1000 and more)
- Benefactors ($500-$999)
- Patrons ($100-$499)
- Sponsors ($50-99)
- Contributors ($35-49)
The names of all donors, as well as “Memorial” gifts will be recognized in concert programs for the entire season in which the gift is made. All donors will receive reserved seating. Donors in the Cathedral Angel category will be personally introduced to the artists at the reception following each concert.
There are two options for donating: