photo: Cathedral altar and quire area, with choir present

Cathedral Choirs

More about: music at the Cathedral

The Cathedral Choir history can be traced back 150 years through rich detailed accounts, including royal baptisms, coronations, and Cathedral liturgy. Composed of the Choral Scholars and volunteer singers, the choir provides a strong, living tradition of choral music, central to the Cathedral’s liturgy. It is dedicated to the highest standards of performance of choral literature from Gregorian Chant and Renaissance polyphony, through works by contemporary composers.

photo: The Cathedral Choir, Easter 2017
The Cathedral Choir, Easter 2017

We are deeply grateful to The Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation for their support of our music program, including the Orvis Choral Scholars.*

photo: The Hawaiian Choir, Easter 2017
The Hawaiian Choir, Easter 2017

*Orvis Choral Scholars

At the core of the Cathedral Choir are our eight Choral Scholars. These professional-level singers include university students, choral music teachers, and vocalists with American and European training. Some hold advanced degrees in music, and all are experienced in various aspects of singing including opera theater, musicals, symphony chorus, and numerous choral ensembles in Hawaii and beyond.

The Orvis Choral Scholars are involved not only in singing at services and concerts throughout the year, but also with liturgy, music development, and fundraising. Some of the Scholars also serve as section leaders for the Hawaiian Choir.

Choir Schedule

Also see the times of worship services.

  • The Cathedral Choir sings weekly at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Eucharist, occasional Evensongs, and for other feasts and concerts throughout the year.
  • The Hawaiian Choir sings at the 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist every Sunday. They support the congregation in the singing of Hawaiian hymns and service music as well as offering an anthem in Hawaiian.
  • The choirs combine to sing for Thanksgiving, the Feast Day Celebration of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma in November, Christmas Day, Feast of the Holy Name on New Year’s Day, Pentecost and other major feast days.
photo: choirs face each other while singing in the Cathedral quire.
Combined choirs, Feast of the Holy Sovereigns (217)