“The musical tradition of the Universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art.”
(Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy)
The Music Ministry of the Cathedral of St. Joseph seeks to preserve and develop that “treasure of inestimable value,” the musical tradition of the Universal Church. The source and summit of this ministry is the sacred liturgy, in which the faithful assembly, choirs, and cantors join to sing the prayer of the Church. In addition, concerts of sacred music take place throughout the year, featuring the Cathedral choirs and organ, local artists, and internationally-known ensembles and performers. As the Mother Church of the diocese and a regional architectural landmark, the Cathedral of St Joseph attracts numerous visitors for liturgies, concerts, and tours. Through the gift of music, the Cathedral draws these individuals closer to the triune God; the source of all Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.
“The Church needs musicians. How many sacred works have been composed through the centuries by people deeply imbued with the sense of the mystery! The faith of countless believers has been nourished by melodies flowing from the hearts of other believers, either introduced into the liturgy or used as an aid to dignified worship. In song, faith is experienced as vibrant joy, love, and confident expectation of the saving intervention of God.”
(Saint Pope John Paul II, Letter to Artists)
“The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. Choirs must be diligently promoted, especially in cathedral churches”
(Second Vatican Council, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 114)
The choirs at the Cathedral of St. Joseph each have their own unique liturgical role, musical repertoire, and sense of community. At times, these choirs combine to perform large-scale masterworks, either in the liturgy or in a concert setting. In addition to these activities at the Cathedral, members also engage in tours, retreats, and community outreach. Please consider joining one of our ensembles: the Cathedral offers you an unparalleled opportunity to serve the Church through music, while singing in a stunning space with a wonderful choral acoustic.
For more information, or to set up an audition, contact the Cathedral Music Director:
This choir is the primary adult ensemble at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. It consists of 40-50 singers in SATB voice parts, and is open to members aged 15 years and older. The choir’s repertoire spans the Church’s entire treasury of sacred music, from Gregorian chant to the most recent sacred compositions. In addition to its Sunday duties, the Cathedral Choir takes principal responsibility for the music on major feast days, for Christmas, and for the services of Holy Week.
· Rehearsal: 7:00-9:00 pm Wednesdays
· Sunday Liturgy: 11:00 am Mass (10:30 warmup)
The Men’s Schola is an ensemble of male singers, open to ages 15 and older. This choir maintains a special focus on the Gregorian chant repertoire, while incorporating many other works suitable for male chorus as well.
· Rehearsal: 6:00-6:50 pm Wednesdays
· Sunday Liturgy: 9:15 am Mass (8:45 warmup)
St. Joseph Schola Cantorum
The Schola Cantorum is a small a cappella choir that focuses primarily on the Renaissance polyphonic repertoire. Membership is limited to a maximum of 16 singers, aged 16 and older. Due to the nature of unaccompanied polyphonic music, auditions are more demanding for this choir than for the other cathedral ensembles. Members must display a high degree of vocal independence, as well as proficiency at reading music.
· Rehearsal: 7:00-8:30 pm Tuesdays
· Sunday Liturgy: 6:00 p.m. Sunday Vespers, beginning in Advent 2012
The Cathedral Choir is joined by members from other ensembles and the community for the first hour of each Wednesday night rehearsal. This hour is dedicated to large-scale works such as orchestral Masses, Magnificat and Te Deum settings, and oratorios. Some singers who cannot make a weekly Sunday morning commitment are able to participate in the Cathedral music ministry through these larger events.
· Rehearsal: 7:00-8:00 pm Wednesdays
· Performances: Two during the Fall (All Souls’ and Christmas); two during the Spring (Lenten Musical Meditation, Spring Choir Concert).
Cantors perform a key duty at Cathedral liturgies, as they proclaim the psalms and lead the faithful assembly in song. As cantors sing alone and provide musical leadership to large crowds, they need to be confident, strong singers. Cantors for the 9:15 and 11:00 Masses are drawn from the ensembles at those liturgies during the choir year (approx. Labor day through the feast of Corpus Christi). However, cantors are needed for these liturgies during the Summer. In addition, there is always a need for cantors at the 7:30 am Sunday and 4:00 pm Saturday Masses. Choir membership is not required: cantoring may be a good way for you to offer your musical gifts, if weekly choir duties do not fit your schedule. For more information, or to set up an audition, please contact the Cathedral Music Director:
The Next Event:
The Cathedral Founder’s Concert
Friday, May 5 – 7:00 pm
The Founders’ Concert each May commemorates the construction of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, as well as the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, patron of the Cathedral. Over a century ago, in the spring of 1916, the church’s cornerstone was laid. Today the Cathedral is more beautiful than ever, thanks to the architectural and artistic restoration completed in 2011. This year the Cathedral choir will present a “Home Concert” before traveling to Europe for a choir tour of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. The program will include favorites from the liturgical year, early American gospel music, and three pieces for double choir, which our choir will perform together with the Cathedral Choir of Neuss, Germany in late May. Come enjoy some wonderful music and help send off the Cathedral Choir members on their journey.
Visit the Sacred Arts Series page for information on upcoming events.
Guidelines for Visiting Artists
The newly-restored Cathedral of St. Joseph is widely known for its beautiful art and reverberant acoustics. This combination makes the Cathedral one of the most widely sought-after spaces for choral performances in the region. In addition, the 62-rank Hendrickson organ attracts performers from near and far. The Cathedral music ministry seeks to build ties with this larger musical community, through welcoming as many guest artists and ensembles as possible. At the same time, guest performances are limited by two primary factors: the sacred nature of the Cathedral space, which must be carefully maintained; and the practicality of scheduling. The Cathedral is the hub of Catholic activity for the diocese, as well as a parish community. In addition to the regular performances of the various Cathedral choirs throughout the year, the Cathedral maintains a funded concert series. Due to this active event schedule, the Cathedral unfortunately cannot accommodate every guest artist request.
If you are interested in performing at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, please take a moment to read through the guidelines below. They are intended to ensure the smooth integration of guest artists and ensembles into the mission and community life of the Cathedral.
The event schedule for each year (September-June) is completed by July. In order to avoid disruption to the parish and diocesan schedule, musical events are usually not added mid-year. So, for example, the September 2013 through June 2014 schedule will be completed by July 2013. If you propose an event in October of 2013, it will be considered by July 2014 for inclusion in the September 2014 – June 2015 season. Because of the busy Cathedral schedule, the earlier you can submit a proposal the better.
· Please submit an event proposal via email to the Cathedral music director, in order to be considered for inclusion in the Cathedral events calendar.
· This proposal should include the ensemble or artist name, the nature and personnel of the ensemble, the proposed date/time, and at least a sketch of the proposed program. Final program details can be worked out much closer to the event itself.
· While not required, recent recordings are extremely helpful in our decision-making process. These may be mailed or emailed, or linked online.
· As a single specific date and time can be difficult to accommodate, the more flexible the proposal the better. Include as many dates as possible. For example, if you are considering options for a regional choir tour it would be best to include the entire date range of the tour in your proposal.
· Guest ensembles and artists are encouraged to participate in the liturgical life of the Cathedral when possible, in addition to presenting concerts. This is especially true during the Summer months, when the regular Cathedral choirs are not in session. Please indicate your willingness to sing during Mass or Vespers (in addition to presenting your concert), in your event proposal.
Maintaining a Sacred Space
· Although it is a wonderful place to perform and hear music, the Cathedral is not a concert hall. It is a space set apart for the worship of God. The space is always sacred – not merely during the liturgy or times of communal prayer. This permanent sacred character is exemplified by the constant presence of the Blessed Sacrament (the consecrated bread and wine that Catholics believe is transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass) in the Cathedral tabernacle. The Catholic Cathedral is not merely a public meeting space, nor is it a place where God becomes present only when “two or three are gathered in His name.” The guidelines for music and demeanor in the Cathedral are not arbitrary; rather, they are generated from the church’s essential Catholic identity. We at the Cathedral ask guests, especially non-Catholics, to respect our faith tradition and concerns when visiting this sacred space.
· All music performed at the Cathedral must be sacred in nature. When in doubt, err on the side of music specifically composed for use in Christian worship – psalms, hymns, anthems, motets, Masses, major liturgical texts (Magnificat, Te Deum), and so forth. Sacred oratorios are another excellent genre.
· Music is not necessarily appropriate simply because it is composed for the organ. Organ transcriptions of theater pieces (whether opera overtures or movie themes), for example, are not suitable for performance in the Cathedral. When in doubt, err on the side of abstract organ music (preludes, fugues, variations, passacaglias, toccatas, etc.) or music with a specific connection to Christian worship (chorale preludes, magnificat versets, elevation toccatas, Mass versets, etc.).
· Recorded music is not allowed in the Cathedral – for example, music for organ and electronic tape.
· To ensure that all of the above guidelines are respected, all programs must be approved in full by the Cathedral Music Director a minimum of one month before the performance date.
During rehearsals and the concert itself, visitors are expected to respect the sacred space of the Cathedral in their dress and demeanor.
Hendrickson Organ Company
Opus 78 – 1994
2 2/3 Quint
1 Mixture VI
8 Cornet V
32 Tromba Chamade (TC)
16 Trompette Chamade
8 Trompette Chamade
4 Clarion Chamade
8 Flute Harmonique
8 Voix Celeste
4 Flute Octaviante
2 2/3 Nazard
1 3/5 Tierce
2 Fourniture IV
1 1/3 Quintflöte
2 2/3 Sesquialter II
1/3 Zimbel III
16 Spitzprincipal (Gt.)
16 Gedackt (ext.)
8 Spitzoctave (ext.)
8 Gedackt (ext.)
4 Choral Bass
2 Mixture III
16 Trompette Chamade (Gt.)
8 Trompette Chamade (Gt,)
4 Clarion Chamade (Gt.)
Swell to Great 16
Swell to Great 8
Swell to Great 4
Positiv to Great 8
Swell to Positiv 8
Great to Pedal 8
Swell to Pedal 8
Positiv to Pedal 8
44 stops, 62 ranks, 3,292 pipes
Mechanical key action
Electric stop action
99-channel combination memory
(1st Pipe organ was a 17 rank 1935 Kilgen)
Cathedral Music Director Jared Ostermann earned his doctorate at the University of Kansas, where he studied organ with James Higdon, Church Music with Michael Bauer, and conducting with Paul Tucker. He received his Master of Sacred Music degree in 2009 from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied with Craig Cramer. His Bachelor of Music in Church Music is from the University of Kansas (2007), where he studied organ, harpsichord, and choral conducting with Michael Bauer. As an organ scholar with the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center music program at the University of Kansas, he studied improvisation and liturgical playing with Wolfgang Reisinger. He also studied for one year with Peter Planyavsky at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. He has played in master classes for such renowned organists as Peter Van Dyke, Harald Vogel, Olivier Latry, Martin Jean, Lynne Davis, Karel Paukert, Paul Tegels and Marie Claire Alain.
As a concert organist, Jared has been awarded prizes at a number of prestigious competitions, including the Miami International Organ Competition, the John R. Rodland Scholarship Competition, the San Marino Organ Competition, and the Augustana/Reuter National Undergraduate Competition. In 2011 he was one of 16 finalists selected from around the world to compete at the Canadian International Organ Competition in Montreal, Quebec. At this competition he advanced to the final round and was awarded the Royal Canadian College of Organists prize for the best performance of a work by a Canadian composer. Earlier in 2011, he advanced to the semifinal round of the Dublin International Organ Competition. As a result of his prizes in Miami and Montreal, his playing has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio program Pipedreams.
Jared began work as a church musician at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at the University of Kansas, from 2005 – 2007 as Chapel Organist. During his year of study in Vienna, Jared was the organist and music director for Vienna’s English Speaking Catholic Community. During his time at Notre Dame, Jared worked with Alexander Blachly as the graduate conducting assistant with the Notre Dame Chorale. During his doctoral studies Jared served as Director of Music at St. Ann Church in Prairie Village, KS. In 2010 he founded Sursum Corda, a Kansas City-area choir specializing in Renaissance Polyphony. Under his guidance, this choir became an active presence in northeast Kansas, bringing liturgical music and sacred concerts to parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City. In August of 2012 Jared began work as the Director of Liturgical Music at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Jared and his wife Barbara have three children, Sophia, Dominic and Lillian.