There’ have been choirs at St Patrick’s Cathedral since the middle of the nineteenth century, but the present Cathedral Choir of boys and men was founded in 1939, when the Vienna Mozart Boys Choir found itself stranded in Australia at the outbreak of war. The choir now comprises between 50 and 60 members, who sing regularly on Sunday mornings in the Cathedral at the 11.00am Solemn Mass. They also sing at other major services in the Cathedral, including ordinations, and the services of Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.
The boys of the choir are normally admitted at the start of Year 5. They all attend St Kevin’s College in Toorak through to Year 12 with the assistance of a generous scholarship offered by the Archdiocese in association with St Kevin’s College. There is a rigorous weekly schedule of rehearsals, some of which are conducted at the College.
Enquiries regarding scholarships at St Kevin’s College for treble choristers may be directed to:
The Registrar, Mr David Hill
St Kevin’s College, Toorak VIC 3142
Tel: 03 9822 0911
Auditions for new treble choristers in 2016 will be held at the Cathedral on Saturday 23 May 2015, 10.00am-12.00pm. Applications close on Friday 15 May 2015.
All applications are made on-line at: http://www.stkevins.vic.edu.au/admissions/academic-scholarships.htm (Scroll down to “St Patrick’s Cathedral Choral Scholarships”).
A number of Alto, Tenor and Bass places in the Cathedral Choir for tertiary students are available for choral and organ scholars, and adult lay-clerks. Details of these are included in the brochure below.
Choral & Organ Scholarships Information Brochure and Application Form
Enquiries regarding these positions should be directed to:
The Director of Music
Cathedral Choir visits Ballarat and Bendigo
In September 2011, St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir visited Ballarat and Bendigo, singing at the Vigil Mass on Saturday in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat, and at the 11am Mass on Sunday in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo.