Visiting Choirs [Missa Choralis Program]
Cathedrals have historically been the home to many talented choirs and instrumentalists. The Missa Choralis or Choir Mass is established to afford local choral groups and touring groups who are visiting or traveling through the Kansas City area an opportunity to share their talents with those who come to the Cathedral to visit and pray and to perform in the wonderful acoustics found in the Cathedral.
While formal recitals are not the precedent, an opportunity to perform during a visit to the Cathedral is usually a welcome occasion and choirs are scheduled to sing as the calendar allows. Choirs are invited to sing at the following times during the Sacred liturgy: prelude, offertory, communion motet, and recessional/postlude.
WEEKEND MASSES 2:30pm and/or 4:30 pm liturgy on Saturday or the Sunday morning 9am or the evening 6pm and/or 8pm Liturgy. The 11am Sunday Mass is available during the summer months of June, July and August.
Singing during a Liturgy is by invitation only and is limited to sacred repertoire. During the Lenten Season choral music should EXCLUDE any Alleluia's in the text.
Please be aware that the Cathedral retains the right to reschedule a choir’s visit on short notice if a scheduling conflict occurs. While this is not a common occurrence, the Cathedral periodically hosts significant events and unforeseen occasions that might necessitate a change in schedule.
Please observe the following process when requesting an opportunity to sing at the Cathedral:
1. Choirs who wish to participate during the Cathedral's weekend Liturgies should click here for an application.
2. Please allow up to 10 days for a response from the Department of Music.
3. You will receive a confirmation email along with logistics to assist you and your choir upon arrival at the Cathedral.
4. Questions should be directed to the Department of Music via Email: email@example.com
The Cathedral is home to the 50 rank Ruffati Pipe Organ. Other instruments include a Yamaha C5 6’6” Conservatory Series Grand Piano also located in the balcony.
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