Professional Choral Section Leaders at St. Paul's Parish, Harvard Square (Cambridge, MA)
The professional choir of Saint Paul’s, Harvard Square is looking for both permanent and substitute mezzos, countertenors, tenors, and basses. Applicants must have excellent sight-reading skills and extensive choral experience.
Sundays: 9:45am call / 11:00am Mass $90
Thursdays: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Rehearsal $60
Concerts: (call/performance): $250
There is an active schedule of extra services and concerts, a calendar for which will be shared with successful candidates. Rates for these range from $90-$250 depending on the event type. Services and rehearsals with the full choir will take place September 17, 2023 to June 9, 2024.
The Saint Paul’s Choir is the cornerstone of the liturgical life at Saint Paul’s Church, a vibrant Roman Catholic parish in the heart of Harvard Square. Since the founding of the Choir School in 1961 by Dr. Theodore Marier, the choir has enjoyed a reputation as one of the finest of its type in the US. The choir performs concerts, broadcasts, recordings, and tours frequently. Saint Paul’s Church boasts an exceptional acoustic for the performance of choral music.
The ensemble is comprised of boy trebles, educated exclusively at Saint Paul’s Choir School, and approximately 12 professional singers. Boys whose voices have changed continue to sing alongside the professional ATB’s, who serve as role models and mentors for these young men.
The repertoire is drawn from the very best of the Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions, and includes Latin plainchant, choral Mass settings and motets from the Middle Ages to the works of living composers. Traditional hymnody and vibrant congregational singing are central to the worship life of St. Paul’s.
The professional singers report to the Interim Director of Music, Richard Webster, who came to St. Paul’s in July, having retired in 2022 from Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston. Also as of July, the Associate Director of Music is Brandon Straub, most recently Director of Choral Music and Chair of Music at St. Alban’s School and National Cathedral School in Washington, DC.
The choir has a somewhat flexible absence policy, allowing its singers to maintain active freelance careers. Permanent singers may elect to be paid as employees via direct deposit, or as independent contractors. The church has excellent public transit options (when the T is
functioning!). Limited on-site parking is available.
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