Cathedral Concert Series

In keeping with the tradition of cathedrals throughout the ages, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart actively promotes and engages in the arts and social outreach for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and the Greater Richmond Area.“The Cathedral Concert Series” and “The Guest Artists & Guest Choirs At Cathedral Liturgies Series” are made possible through a generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; a generous music program endowment created by + Frank T. Eck; a generous music program endowment created by J. Alfred & Margaret Broaddus, Jr.; and the generosity of the community of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Music for a Cathedral Space


List of Concerts for 2017-2018 Season 

Nathaniel Dett Chorale

Friday, October 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm – FREE

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada’s first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. The 21 classically-trained, outstanding vocalists of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale have shared the stage with internationally recognized artists such as Juno Award-winning jazz pianist Joe Sealy, singers Molly Johnson and Jackie Richardson, and opera star Kathleen Battle and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble has performed for such luminaries as opera singer Jessye Norman and Dance Theatre of Harlem founder Arthur Mitchell.

The Chorale has performed at events honouring world leaders Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, personality Muhammad Ali, and pianist Oscar Peterson and was the only Canadian ensemble invited to perform as part of the celebrations surrounding the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama in January of 2009.

The Chorale’s vision is to be a premier performer of Afrocentric composers – past, present and future – and to be a touchstone for the education of audiences and communities regarding the full spectrum of Afrocentric choral music.

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s mission is to build bridges of understanding, appreciation, and acceptance between communities of people, both Afrocentric and other, through the medium of music. The Chorale seeks to dissolve the barriers of stereotype, to empower humans in general, and those of African descent in particular.

The Chorale adds another dimension to all of its activities by creating a cultural and historical context for its music. All of the Chorale’s concerts and outreach initiatives include an educational element, and our conductor and singers draw audiences together by increasing their knowledge of Afrocentric music and culture, with the aim of fostering pride in those of African heritage, and informed admiration in those of other cultural backgrounds. The Chorale builds vibrant and healthy communities by uniting its audiences in a love of Afrocentric choral music, and by creating a deeply-contextualized understanding of the complex roots of this music.

Canadian national treasure dedicated to performing Afrocentric music of all styles.


Dr.Peter Latona, Organ

Friday, November 10, 2017 | 7:30 pm – FREE

Peter Latona is the Music Director for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C.) the pre-eminent Marian shrine of the Catholic Church in the United States where, amid the largest collection of modern ecclesiastical art in the world, hundreds of thousands gather each year for worship and prayer. An award-winning organist, Dr. Latona performs in the U.S. and in Europe, has presented workshops on improvisation, and has released a recording, An Organ Pilgrimage, on the Raven label, featuring all four pipe organs at the Basilica. As the conductor of the Choir of the Basilica, he released several recordings of sacred choral music, presented concerts in the US and abroad, and was featured on Public Radio International.

Active as a composer, Dr. Latona is published by Canticanova Publications, G.I.A, and Morningstar Music Publishers and received commissions from the Knights of Columbus; Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, the Diocese of Helena, as well as by the Archdioceses of Washington and New York for the Apostolic visit of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the United States in 2008. .

Dr. Latona is a graduate of Bucknell University (B. Mus.), the Yale School of Music (M. Mus.), and the Manhattan School of Music (D.M.A.), and serves as chair of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, and is former chair of the DCAGO Foundation.

Director of Music, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception


26th Annual Holiday Festival of Music

presented by Commonwealth Catholic Charities
Featuring the Richmond Symphony

Monday, November 27, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Commonwealth Catholic Charities presents their 26th Annual Holiday Festival of Music and will include traditional carols and a sing-a-long. The cathedral is happy to host the Richmond Symphony in an evening that will benefit the over 40,000 people CCC serves on a yearly basis.

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Advent Lessons and Carols

in Commemoration of Worlds AIDS Day
Saturday, December 16, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Festive carols and beautiful anthems are featured in this annual Christmas liturgy. Lessons and Carols at the Cathedral is presented with The Capital Area Health Network in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Donations will be solicited to support the good works of The Capital Area Health Network.

Join the cathedral community in this second annual Advent Lessons and Carols in preparation for the Christmas season. Festive carols and beautiful anthems will be featured. Lessons and Carols at the Cathedral is presented in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Donations will be solicited to support the good works of The Capital Area Health Network.



Daniel Stipe, Organ

Director of Music, Trinity Lutheran Church in Richmond
Friday, February 9, 2018 | 7:30 pm FREE

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Daniel Stipe started playing the piano before he could walk, and studied piano in high school with Elwyn Ratliff and organ with Casey Cantwell. At the University of North Texas, he studied organ with Jess Eschbach and piano with Adam Wodnicki, and was named the 2004-05 Presser Scholar for outstanding achievement in the music department. He went on to earn a master’s degree in organ performance from Westminster Choir College in 2012 as a student of Ken Cowan, where he also studied improvisation with Bruce Neswick and Peter Richard Conte.

Mr. Stipe’s passion for liturgical music of the highest quality has led him to produce numerous sacred choral, solo vocal and organ works, in addition to hymn arrangements and reharmonisations.

His transcriptions of large orchestral works for the organ, including Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, and Brahms’ Fourth Symphony, are noted for their flexibility and elegant solutions. As a collaborator, he has served five times as the accompanist for choirs singing in residency or concerts at major English cathedrals, has accompanied countless vocal and choral ensembles, and has an extensive knowledge of the string and wind repertory.

Equally at home as a solo recitalist, collaborator and arranger on both the piano and the organ, Mr. Stipe’s broad array of abilities lends a depth of understanding and excitement to his music-making. His large and varied concert repertory, with special focus on works of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, continues to delight audiences wherever he performs. He is a prizewinner in the William Hall Pipe Organ Competition in San Antonio (where he also garnered the Hymn-playing Prize), the Tulsa Crescendo Music Awards, the Fort Wayne National Organ Playing Competition, and the AGO/Quimby Region VII Competition for Young Organists. In 2014 he was featured on the Richmond AGO’s Repertory Recital Series.

He maintains an active concert schedule, with recent performances in Richmond; Tulsa; Nashville; Chattanooga; Knoxville; Princeton; New York City; Hartford; Denver; and Atlanta. He serves as Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church.


Stile Antico

Celebrity Concert Event featuring  GRAMMY® nominated
British vocal ensemble

Friday, April 6, 2018 | 7:30 pm – ticketed event

Stile Antico is firmly established as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Working without a conductor, its twelve members have thrilled audiences throughout Europe and North America with their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. Its bestselling recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have earned accolades including the Gramophone Award for Early Music, Diapason d’or de l’année, Edison Klassiek Award and Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and have twice received Grammy® nominations.
Based in London, Stile Antico has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals. The group enjoys a particularly close association with the Wigmore Hall, and has appeared at the BBC Proms, Buckingham Palace, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Cité de la Musique, Palais des Beaux-Arts and Luxembourg Philharmonie. Stile Antico is frequently invited to perform at Europe’s leading festivals: highlights include the Lucerne Easter Festival, the Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein and Wrocław Festivals, and the Antwerp, Barcelona, Bruges, Granada, Utrecht and York Early Music Festivals.

Since making its North American debut at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2009, Stile Antico has enjoyed frequent tours to the US and Canada. The group performs regularly in Boston and in New York’s Music Before 1800 and Miller Theatre series, and has appeared at Washington’s National Cathedral and Library of Congress, Vancouver’s Chan Centre, the Quebec Festival of Sacred Music, at Duke, Michigan and Yale Universities, and in concert series spanning nineteen US states. In 2010 Stile Antico made its debut at the Cervantino festival in Mexico.

Stile Antico is renowned for the committed and expressive performances that arise from its uniquely collaborative style of working: its members rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical results. The group is also noted for its intelligent programming, drawing out thematic connections between works to shine new light on Renaissance music. In addition to its core repertoire, Stile Antico has given world premieres of works by John McCabe and Huw Watkins, and, most recently, Nico Muhly, whose Gentle Sleep was written to mark the group’s tenth birthday. Stile Antico’s diverse range of collaborators includes Fretwork and the Folger Consort of viols, pianist Marino Fomenti, orchestra B’Rock, and Sting.

Alongside its concert and recording work, Stile Antico is passionate about sharing its repertoire and working style with the widest possible audience, and its masterclasses and workshops are much in demand. The group regularly leads courses at the Dartington International Summer School, and is often invited to work alongside ensembles at universities, festivals and early music forums.

The support of the charitable Stile Antico Foundation has enabled Stile Antico to expand its education work in schools, and to offer annual bursaries to talented young consort singers.
Highlights of Stile Antico’s 2016-17 season include a residency at BOZAR in Brussels, performances at the Wigmore Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Bruges Concertgebouw, two vists to North America, and the conclusion of the group’s acclaimed Shakespeare400 tour. Stile Antico’s eleventh recording for Harmonia Mundi, featuring the unjustly neglected sacred music of Giaches de Wert, is released early in 2017.

“An ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality and balance.” – New York Times


Jennifer McPherson, Organ

Minister of Music and Organist, First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC 
Friday, May 11, 2018 | 7:30 pm FREE

Jennifer McPherson holds a Master of Music degree in Historical Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music (2015). As a student at Oberlin, she studied organ with Dr. Jonathan Moyer and harpsichord with Webb Wiggins. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. At Holy Cross, she studied as Organ Scholar of the class of 2013 with James David Christie.

At the age of 21, Jennifer was awarded Third Prize in the 2012 International Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Organ Competition in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the summer of 2013, she won First Prize in the AGO Quimby Region I competition and was featured as a Rising Star soloist at the National AGO Convention in Boston, MA the following year. In the spring of 2015, Jennifer performed alongside other selected Oberlin musicians at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She also performed with Oberlin Baroque at the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival.

Pope Benedict XVI on Music

“[Music] has the power to lead us back … to the Creator of all harmony, creating a resonance within us which is like being in tune with the beauty and truth of God, with the reality which no human knowledge or philosophy can ever express.”

– Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, September 5, 2007

“In ‘lifting up your hearts,’ — sursum corda — music of faith seeks the integration of man and finds it not within itself but only by going beyond itself into the Word made flesh…It cannot be realized by an individual, but only in cooperation with others…Such a sacred music bequeathes joy and a higher type of ecstasy which does not extinguish personality, but unites and thus liberates. Such a sacred music gives us a foretaste of that freedom which does not destroy, but which unites and purifies.”

–Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI
lecture at the VIII International Church Music Congress in Rome, November 17, 1985.

The Cathedral’s Director of Music & Liturgy

Mr. Daniel B. Sañez Cathedral’s Director of Music & Liturgy

musicdirectorDaniel Benjamin Sañez is Director of Music and Liturgy for the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA, where he leads liturgical celebrations for the parish and for the Diocese of Richmond. Daniel is also Artistic Director of the Music for a Cathedral Space Concert Series, which presents an array of high-quality performing-arts events at the cathedral.

Before his appointment at the cathedral, he was Director of Music, Organist, and Choirmaster for the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena in New York City, Associate Director of Music for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
and Assistant Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown, D.C.

While in New York, Daniel was Artistic Director of the Sounds of Siena Concert Series featuring the resident, professional choir, Schola Dominicana at several concerts every year. Daniel also served in the Music Commission of the Archdiocese of New York and as Director of Music for the inaugural Men’s Conference in the Archdiocese of New York. He also led the music for Solemn Pontifical Vespers in the Extraordinary Form during the premiere Sacra Liturgia Conference, the first such conference in the United States.

A Hollywood, CA, native, Daniel has performed with the Los Angeles (L.A.) Children’s Chorus, L.A. Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich, L.A. Opera, Placido Domingo, the Kronos Quartet, Richmond Symphony; and conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Williams, Keith Lockhart, and Jeanette Sorrell. He has concertized throughout the United States of America, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. At the closing concert for the American Guild of Organists 2010 Convention in Washington, D.C., Daniel gave the world premiere of James MacMillan’s “Tota Pulchra Es” with the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception under Basilica Director of Music Dr. Peter Latona. He was a featured recitalist during the National Association of Pastoral Musicians 2009 Convention in Chicago. Daniel has performed for His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the Cardinals and Bishops of the United States, the President of the United States, the White House staff, and the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Daniel is a graduate of Boston College where he studied organ and choral conducting. As a Fulbright Fellow in Leipzig, Germany, he continued organ studies at the famed Thomaskirche, where J. S. Bach served as music director for twenty-seven years. Daniel earned the Master of Music in Historical Performance at the prestigious Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he studied organ, harpsichord, fortepiano, voice, and choral conducting. Among his teachers are John Finney, James David Christie, Bernard Lagacé, Lionel Rogg, David Boe, Ullrich Böhme, Lisa Goode Crawford, Hugh Floyd, Salvatore Champange, and Max von Egmond. Daniel is a member of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, Organ Historical Society, American Guild of Organists, Church Music Association of America, American Choral Directors Association, and National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

Cathedral Choirs

The Cathedral Choir: This program enriches, embellishes, and supports the celebration of the Liturgy through God’s gift of music. Discernment of this gift through an informal audition, the ability to read music, and experience as a choral singer are required. Rehearsals are each Thursday from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm and 45 minutes prior to each Liturgy at which this choir is scheduled to sing. The “requirements” for the Cathedral Choir include the ability to read music, prior choral experience, and a brief audition/interview. At the brief audition/interview, you will sing a song (or part of a song) of your choice; you will sing a series of vocal exercises; and you will sight sing a part of a choral piece.

Children’s Choir

Attention children who love to sing who are 2nd through 5th grade! Cathedral will once again have a children’s choir that will sing at the 4:00 pm Mass on Christmas Eve and the 9:00 am Mass Easter Sunday. Leading up to those Masses, the children’s choir will rehearse for three Sunday morning rehearsals before Christmas Eve and Easter. Mrs. Amy Hruska will lead the choir and looks forward to working with the children of Cathedral.

The rehearsals are:

  • December 2017
  • Sunday, December 3   10-11:00 am
  • Sunday, December 10   10-11:00 am
  • Sunday, December 17   10-11:00 am
  • Sunday, December 24   3:00 pm (to rehearse before the 4:00 pm Mass)
  • March 2018
  • Sunday, March 11   10-11:00 am
  • Sunday, March 18   10-11:00 am
  • Sunday, March 25   10-11:00 am
  • Sunday, April 1   8:15 am (to rehearse before 9:00 am Mass)

All rehearsals will be held in the 2nd floor conference room of the parish offices.

If you think you can commit to this schedule and would like to participate, please email Amy Hruska.

Cathedral Cantors

Lauren Clay Tompkins has been a cantor and soprano section leader at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA since early 2015. A Richmond native, Lauren is no stranger to area congregations, having held several similar positions over the past decade. Love of music has brought her beyond the doors of the church into the wider community, featuring as a soloist in concerts for the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and as a veteran member of the James River Singers. A soprano, she has a background in vocal performance and musical theatre from Appomattox Regional Governor’s School and has a special interest in Early Music, having studied voice with Nancy Zylstra and Penelope Jensen at Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute. Lauren’s interests are wide-ranging: from studying acting in college to receiving a degree in International Studies from VCU. These days, when she is not singing, you can find Lauren loving her work supporting women as a birth doula and engaged in the 24/7 job of caring for her three sweet, vivacious children!

Ian Richardson, bass-baritone,who has been praised for his “rich vocal power,” is a native Iowan now residing in Richmond, Virginia. Since his completion of graduate school, Ian has performed in many opera companies, including Kentucky Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera, as well as others. While experimenting in both the low baritone and high bass repertoire, he has enjoyed performing the roles of Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and Timur in Puccini’s Turandot, as well as roles composed by Benjamin Britten, Gian Carlo Menotti, Charles Gounod, and Giuseppe Verdi. In Richmond, he has performed with Capitol Opera in their productions of Die Fledermaus and La Rinuncia. He is a regular cantor at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and a choir member at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. When he’s not singing, he enjoys composing classical music, playing jazz and double bass, and improvising on the piano.

Rondy Michael Lazaro, M.D., is a tenor with the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Parish Choir and the Richmond Symphony Chorus. He is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Stanford Chamber Chorale, Stanford University Singers, University of Virginia Chamber Singers, and the University of Virginia University Singers. Dr. Lazaro has studied voice with Gregory Wait, Norm DeVol, and Bridgid Eversole. He has sung in masterclasses for Christòpheren Nomura, John Bellemer, Rudolf Jansen, and Ragnar Bohlin. He is also an active violinist and conductor. Dr. Lazaro graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a B.A. in Music (concentration in Conducting) and a B.S. in Biology. He was the winner of the 2008 Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts from the Stanford University Department of Music. He earned his M.D. from the University of Virginia in 2014. Dr. Lazaro is currently a resident physician in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Guest Choirs

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart welcomes and would like to offer visiting choirs an opportunity to share their talents.

Guest choirs are invited to sing at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart as the calendar allows. The Cathedral reserves the right to reschedule a choir should an unforeseen event of importance occur.

To request an opportunity to sing at the Cathedral:

Send a written request via letter or email with a description of your choir and dates and times that you would prefer. Send a list with time lengths of the sacred repertoire prepared for the requested Mass. Include a recording of 5-10 minutes in length of the current choir. Please note that all guest choirs that are approved perform gratis. Music without accompaniment or with organ accompaniment is preferred. Please allow thirty days for a performance request response.

Professional Choristers

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA, seeks professional singers for permanent and substitute positions for all voice parts as well as cantor opportunities. (Semi-professional choir. The professional core will constitute an ensemble separate from the semi-professional whole.)

Substitute choristers must be available on Sunday mornings.

Choristers are engaged from September through June with Thursday night rehearsals, reoccurring Sunday Masses at 9 and 11 a.m., occasional diocesan events, other events as scheduled, and concert opportunities.

Competitive pay.

The cathedral’s music program welcomes those who wish to make music at a high level and are thoroughly trained in the vocal arts, having earned at least a Bachelor’s in Music/Voice, or equivalent experience/skills. Exceptional sight-singing ability, flexibility in sound, and mastery of differing musical styles are equally important as dedication, commitment, and leadership skills.

Auditions are in progress and will continue until positions are filled. The audition will include a rendering of an early music aria of the applicant’s choice, sight-singing of Gregorian chant (in modern notation), and sight-singing of a renaissance Mass.

Those interested may electronically send a CV, a statement of interest, and recordings/clips (if available) to:

Daniel B. Sañez, M. Mus.
Director of Music and Liturgy
Artistic Director, Music for a Cathedral Space Concert Series
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