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 2018-2019 Season 



Vox Luminis

Early music sensation
Friday, October 19, 2018 | 7:30 pm

Come and hear world-renowned, Belgian early-music sensation Vox Luminis at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart for a free concert on Friday, October 19 at 7:30pm! Get your free tickets now!

 “… the refinement of Vox Luminis is never anything less than sublime.”  Gramophone Magazine

Eventbrite - Stile Antico Concert

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.

The Cathedral Children’s Choir: The Cathedral Childrens Choir is conducted by Mrs. Amy Hruska.  Children grades 1 through 6 are invited to join the choir.   The choir will sing at the Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00 pm and the Easter Sunday Mass at 9:00 am. Registration forms are in the Parish Hall or   by clicking here.

Rehearsal dates are on:

Sundays 10-11 am – December 2, December 9, December 16, December 23 plus 3:00 pm rehearsal before December 24 Mass

Sundays 10-11 am – March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, plus 8:15 am before April 21 9:00 am Mass.

If you have any questions, please email Joy Weir.

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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