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About the Cathedral Music Program

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At the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception we endeavor to provide a model for sacred, Catholic music, firmly planted on the solid foundation of the Church’s vast, rich musical heritage.

Dr. Mario Pearson, Director

  • Dr. Mario Pearson, principal organist
  • Fred Crouch, volunteer and staff organist
  • Sr. Claudette Schiratti, RSM, volunteer and staff organist
  • Sean Holland, volunteer and staff organist
  • Sr. Holy Hope Cheng, SOLT, volunteer and staff organist
  • Justin Hurst, student apprentice organist
  • Matthew Baumler, student apprentice organist

The primary focus of the Cathedral music program is to support the assembly at liturgy in the singing of the hymns and responses, and to lift their hearts and minds through the great tradition and heritage of music that belongs to the Church and edifies the liturgy.

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ABOUT THE MUSIC MINISTRY PROGRAM

The Cathedral's music program has several music ensembles that lead our Eucharistic celebrations.  Many of the choirs combine for special feasts, music concerts and Holy Days. Below is a list and description of all the music program opportunities.

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  • Cantor Program.  Men and women of high school age and older from throughout the diocese and beyond are invited to participate in this ministry. Singers with strong music skills, and sight reading abilitiy are need to lead the communities sung prayer during our celebration.  The commitment is manageable; cantors are scheduled an average of one or two times each month based on their availability.
  • The Celebration Choir is an occasional ensemble that performs for special music ocassions at Cathedral liturgies. Music reading skills are required.
  • The St. Cecilia Handbell Choir is an occasional ensemble that performs special music at Cathedral liturgies. Music reading skills are required.  If we have enough interest and numbers we will create a schedule for Cathedral celebrations.
  • The Fourth Sunday Choir is compromised of singers throughout the diocese who gather at the Cathedral twice in the fall and twice in the spring to rehearse and lead the music for the Sunday 6pm Mass.
  • The Diocesan Choir provides music ministry for some of the liturgies celebrated with our Bishop when we gather as a diocese.
  • The Guest/Visiting Choir Program is an outreach and invitation to music programs from the diocese and beyond to share their ministry at one of the Cathedral Masses.
  • Schola Cantorum is a professional choir that sings on rotation for the 2:30 and 11am Masses.  They sing mostly early polyphonic sacred music.
  • The Cathedral Summer Chamber Orchestra has a residency during July at the Cathedral.
  • Cathedral Instrumentalists provide additional accompaniment to our liturgical celebrations.

We hope this varied program of opportunities will spark your interest in becoming part of the exciting music ministry at the Cathedral. 

Email Dr. Pearson to become involved mpearson@kcgolddome.org

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Although the primary focus of the Music Ministry is to support the prayer of the assembly at liturgy, there is another important component to our ministry -- that of hospitality. At these times the musical experience welcomes and lifts up those who are not with us regularly for Sunday worship, but who are searching for God.  The Musician's Prayer.

OTHER MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR VISITING OUTSIDE GROUPS AND ENSEMBLES.

The Cathedral is pleased to host visiting and touring groups and ensembles from throughout our diocese, state and country who join our community in sung prayer through the following two extension programs.

Interested groups and organizations should contact the Director, Dr. Mario Pearson.


Please consider supporting the Cathedral Music program.

Send your gift to:
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
416 W 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Please indicate "Cathedral Music Gift/Donation" in the memo line.

You can also make a donation and gift through our Cathedral online donation portal.  Indicate the gift is for the music program. 

The Cathedral is host to professional music organizations including Friends of Chamber Music who present some of their season concerts in our beautiful Cathedral. Local sacred choral groups such as Te Deum, Kansas City Kantorei,  The Ancora Chorale, The Kansas City Chorale, Musica Vocale and the William Baker Festival Singers also schedule concerts in our Cathedral.

The Cathedral is home to the magnificent Ruffati Pipe Organ.

Music is an integral part of today’s Liturgy. Instrumentalists, cantors, choirs, and directors are all necessary parts of our Worship experience. Through a creative Vision for the music progam, liturgical music continues to have an integral place in our celebration of the Eucharist.

Contact the director of music if you are interested to participate in the music ministry or for more information about the Cathedral music programs.

Telephone: 816.842.0416 x119

Email: mpearson@kcgolddome.org

To the Trinity be praise! God is music, God is life
that nurtures every creature in its kind.
Our God is the song of the angel throng
and the splendor of secret ways
hid from humankind,
But God our life is the life of all.

Hildegard of Bingen

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