Discover Music at Saint Mark's

Throughout its history, music has played an important role in the life of Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in both the services and many public concerts that take place.

Built in 1910, Saint Mark’s was designated a Cathedral in 1941. In this role, there is a duality to the mission at Saint Mark’s. As with all churches, we serve our loyal and continually growing membership. But as a Cathedral, we also actively engage with members of the public and other churches in many ways, locally and throughout the state. This includes the weekly service of Choral Evensong, the regular concerts in our patron-supported Cathedral Music Series when we host national and international performers, and being a center for festivals and competitions. The warm acoustic of the Cathedral enhances music of all sorts, be it vocal, choral, orchestral, or instrumental — especially with our exceptional four-manual Foley-Baker pipe organ.

Whether you find that music brings the written word to life or leads you to a deeper spiritual understanding, or you just like the sound it makes, there is something special about experiencing music here at Saint Mark's, and we welcome you to join us!


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This Month's Music in Liturgy

When we participate in music, we are receiving a gift from God. Click here for a list of music in upcoming worship services this month.

Choral Music at Saint Mark's


Cathedral Choir

Our outstanding Cathedral Choir leads the Sunday 10:30 a.m. worship service as well as regular Choral Evensongs at 5 p.m. and performs special concerts in the renowned Saint Mark’s Music Series. This mixed adult group is comprised of paid section leaders as well as volunteer members. The choir's repertoire embraces music from the Renaissance to the Contemporary. Admission to the Cathedral Choir is by audition.


Cathedral Choral Academy

The Cathedral Choral Academy is our new youth music opportunity, split into three separate ensembles: K through Grade 3, Grades 4 through 8 and Grades 9 through 12. The youngest group engages girls and boys with music through fun activities and is open to all. The other groups require an audition to join and will work toward singing in the Cathedral and around the dicoese in services and concerts.


Choral Society

Founded in 1970, the Choral Society is one of the oldest continuously performing choral groups in the Twin Cities. The Cathedral Choral Society performs large-scale works, usually with orchestra as part of Saint Mark's Music Series. It attracts members from the greater Twin Cities area, and rehearses Monday evenings from 7 - 8:30 p.m. No audition is required.

If you're interested in joining any of our ensembles, require further information, or are interested in performing at the Cathedral, please email the Director of Music, Ray Johnston at or call 612-870-7800.


Saint Mark's Music Series

A highlight of our year is Saint Mark's Music Series. This series of free concerts held between September and May each year features both ensembles from Saint Mark's as well as guest performers and groups. It's open to the public and enjoyed by our members as well.

For questions about music at Saint Mark's, contact Ray Johnston.

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