The Cathedral of St. Paul has a strong history of excellence in sacred music.
Music has played an integral role in connecting us to our church’s history,
Episcopal tradition, and to God.

We are committed to continuing the rich heritage of the Anglican choral tradition including music drawn from centuries worth of musical styles. Whether through an anthem sung by the choir, a hymn with the while congregation, or an organ postlude, lives can be transformed and Christ is present. 

As the cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, St. Paul’s is an important musical presence in the community and prides itself on a standard of excellence in sacred music and liturgy.

Our choir leads the singing for our 10:00 A.M. Sunday Service every Sunday.

It is a group of mixed adult singers from all over the Erie area.

Summer Pickup Choir

The Cathedral choir members and Chris Petit encourage all who love to sing simply to join us every Sunday morning
at 9:00 A.M. to prepare hymns, a psalm, and an easy-to-learn choral anthem. Invite others, especially those who love to sing or who have always wanted to see what singing in a choir is like. Chris will have extra scores and folders available to guests every Sunday through Labor Day.

The Cathedral Choir also sings Choral Evensong, concerts and services of Lessons and Carols throughout the year.

In 2017 they recorded a CD of spiritual arrangements by Harry T. Burleigh, Erie native,
former chorister and communicant of St. Paul’s.  

From The Cathedral of St. Paul’s Celebration of Absalom Jones, the first African American Priest, the Cathedral Choir with members of the Choirs of Mercyhurst University share Harry T. Burleigh’s setting of the Lord’s Prayer. Burleigh grew up in Erie, PA and sang as a chorister at this church, before it became a cathedral. A stained glass window was made in his honor that illustrates the score to his hymn, “In Christ there is no East nor West.” Directed by Dr. Christopher T. Petit.

Their most recent trip abroad was in August of 2018 to sing Sunday services at Coventry Cathedral and a week’s residency at Christ Church, Oxford.  Other trips abroad for residencies in 2007 and 2010 have been to Canterbury Cathedral, Chichester Cathedral and the American Cathedral in Paris.

Upcoming Summer Music Series at the Cathedral

The Cathedral is pleased to offer a Summer Music Series featuring
First Friday Jazz Vespers at 6:15 P.M. (July 5, August 2, September 6) and
Third Thursday Lunchtime Series at 12:15 P.M. (July 18, August 15, September 19).

Contact Chris Petit for more information.

The Cathedral of St. Paul is home to one of the finest pipe organs in the region. 

The organ was built by Rieger Orgelbau of Vorarlberg, Austria and was installed at the Cathedral in 1982. 
The three-manual mechanical action instrument contains 60 ranks of pipes and 40 stops.  The organ also features modern solid state combination action allowing for 100 levels of memory. 

More detailed specifications and stop list can be provided upon request.

New Piano at the Cathedral

The Cathedral has a new resident: a Baldwin grand piano from c. 1979-1980. Perhaps less well-know, Baldwin was the biggest rival to Steinway during those years, and many professional performers owned this exact model for their own practice. Such a piano makes it possible for us to grow our musical offerings to the community and will enhance our worship.

The purchase was made possible by three Cathedral members who donated the funds in full: the cost of the piano and new bench, the piano dolly, a first maintenance, and the actual move. We are very grateful for their generosity.