The Music of the Cathedral, Na Mele

The Cathedral Choirs

The Cathedral Choir history can be traced back 150 years through rich detailed accounts, including royal baptisms, coronations, and rich Cathedral liturgy. Composed of eight paid Choral Scholars and 16 volunteer singers, the choir provides a strong, living tradition of choral music, central to the Cathedral’s liturgy, and is dedicated to the highest standards of performance of choral literature from Gregorian Chant and Renaissance polyphony, through works by contemporary composers. The choir sings weekly at the 10:30 am Sunday Eucharist, on the first Sunday of the month at 5:30 pm for Evensong, and for many other feasts and concerts throughout the year. The Hawaiian Choir sings at the 8 am 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 come together to sing for major feasts throughout the year.

Evensongs and Sacred Concerts

As in all the great cathedrals of the world, Evensong or a Sacred Concert is offered every Sunday. Evensong is the crowning jewel in a cathedral’s busy Sunday. The Cathedral Choir sings on the first Sunday of every month. Other Sundays feature the Priory School Chamber Choir or Colla Voce, a women’s ensemble at UH founded by one of the Cathedral’s Choral Scholars. On Sundays when there is no choir, Evensong is sung by the congregation to simple chants.


12 October The Hawaii Sacred Choir Trebles
Music of McAfee, Burgon, and Tomblings

19 October The Cathedral Men’s Schola
Music of Dirksen, Wood, and Boyce

26 October The Diocesan Choir
Music of Davies, Noble, and Webster

2 November The Cathedral Choir
All Saints Sunday Donor Appreciation Evensong

9 November The Hawaii Sacred Choir
Music of Pachelbel, Bairstow, and Manz

16 November The Cathedral Men’s Schola
Music of Howells and Humfrey

Fridays at Saint Andrew’s Noontime Concerts

Noontime Concerts at Saint Andrew’s features guest artists and the Cathedral’s own musicians in performances of chamber and choral music, and recitals, on the acclaimed Aeolian-Skinner organ – Hawai`i’s largest pipe organ!  Concerts begin at 12.15 pm; all are welcome to bring lunch and dine in the pews to the sounds of beautiful music in a beautiful space, and to come and go as time permits. The concert is free with donations welcome, and free parking is available on the Cathedral’s front lawn, weather permitting.


17 October Piano Recital by Petra Persolja
Music of McAfee, Burgon, and Tomblings

24 October No Recital Today
Annual Meeting of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii

31 October Piano Recital by Xin Lin
The organ recital scheduled for this day has been cancelled

7 November Hawaii Pacific University Chamber Orchestra
Teresa McCreary, director

14 November Hawaii Pacific University Choral Ensembles
Esther Yoo, director

21 November Jeremy Wong, baritone & Petra Persolja, piano
The American Art Song

28 November Organ Recital by John Renke
American Music for the Thanksgiving Day Holiday

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