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Adult Choirs


The primary minister of the liturgy and thus of liturgical music is the assembly, in all its diversity and with its specific ministers to serve them. In the preparation and execution of the liturgy every effort must be made to allow for the assembly to exercise its liturgical role as singers of the liturgy.

The Basilica Cathedral Choir

An 90-voice auditioned, volunteer choir provides choral music on Sunday for the 9:30am Eucharist as well as on Holy Days of Obligation. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm. The Basilica Cathedral Choir sings repertoire spanning a wide range of genres and covering many centuries. The Basilica Cathedral Choir's newest CD is available for purchase. View our 2012 Advent and Christmas repertoire.

Cathedral Choir Auditions for 2013-14

Openings in all voice parts!

Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 4.

Auditions will take place Saturday, August 3, from 8:00-9:30am and 12:00-3:00pm. Contact Teri Larson 612.317.3426 to set up a 15 minute time-slot. Other times are available by appointment. View and print detailed audition information. Print and fill out a choral audition form to bring with you to the audition, or arrive early for your audition time.

Cathedral Schola Cantorum

A group of ten to twelve semi-professionals sing solemn Vespers on Sundays of Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter. In addition, they provide music for other select liturgical celebrations.  Auditions scheduled in summer.  For more information, contact Teri Larson.

Cathedral Chamber Choir

A sub-group of The Basilica Cathedral Choir, this choir provides leadership to The Basilica Cathedral Choir and occasionally sings repertoire meant for a chamber size group throughout the year.


The Basilica Contemporary and World Music Choir, Mudus, enlivens the 11:30am liturgy twice a month. Repertoire includes music of contemporary American composers, and various genre of music from North and South America, Africa, and Asia. Mundus rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm. Placement for instrumentalists and singers by audition and appointment.

The 2013-14 season begins with rehearsal September 3, and we are auditioning for all voice parts, particularly Tenor and Bass.  Come sing a diverse array of beautiful songs from around the world as we prepare for our tour of California Missions in July 2014.  For more information and to schedule a simple voice check with Walter Tambor  or 612.317.3507.

Taizé Ensemble

Leads contemplative and reflective music, during monthly reconciliation services from Advent through Easter season on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. Rehearses seasonally as needed.  Open to all singers, and instrumentalists by audition for placement. Contact Walter Tambor for more information.

Contemporary Music Ensembles

A rotating ensemble of singers and instrumentalists ministers at the 6:30pm Mass. Musicians are highly motivated, skilled, and capable of preparing music on their own. Placement is by audition only. Contact Walter Tambor for more information.

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Angelicum women’s choir was -founded in 2003 by Teri Larson and a group of former Campus Singers from the College of Saint Benedict and is based at The Basilica of Saint Mary.  The choir is composed of talented women from The Basilica of Saint Mary community, but predominantly alumni from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.  In the archives of The Basilica of Saint Mary, there is evidence of a women’s choir that rehearsed in the basement of a home nearby.  Since it is said that over 500 angels adorn the inside of The Basilica of Saint Mary's nave and sanctuary, the name seemed appropriate and so it was adopted.

The choir is committed to singing high quality music from all genres, with the highest level of execution.  They currently sing for the 5:00pm Saturday Missa Choralis series at The Basilica of Saint Mary, and other liturgies throughout the year.  The choir performs 1-2 concerts per year. Inclusion into the choir is by audition. Reading music is required. Auditions held by appointment in August. To schedule an audition, contact Teri Larson.

*Currently, Angelicum is an inactive choir.

Cantor Choir and Psalmists

Members of the cantor choir assist the assembly in the singing of the liturgy. They gather every week to prepare for this ministry. Psalmists sing the responsorial psalm during the liturgy of the Word. They, too, meet to prepare for the liturgy.

Cantor Choir Auditions
Auditions for a cantor position are two-fold. The first round includes a formal audition. Requirements are: Resume; Aria or Art Song (accompanist provided); two prepared psalms (see choices below); one psalm to sight-read at audition; and vocal range check.

After successful completion of this round, potential cantors are scheduled to sing a responsorial or communion psalm at a regularly scheduled liturgy.  Requirements are: attending the Wednesday workshop prior to the Sunday scheduled, and preparing the appropriate psalm for proclamation.

To schedule the first round of auditions, contact Teri Larson.

Cantor Audition Form; Psalm Selection One; Psalm Selection Two; Psalm Selection Three; Psalm Selection Four

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