A Colonial Christmas – FREE Mon., Dec. 10 | 11:00am
- Featuring American Colonial Entertainers with numerous historic instruments. Followed by a free lunch.
Annual Advent Lessons and Carols – FREE Sat., Dec. 15 | 7:30pm
- Featuring the musicians of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Reception to follow.
Gaudete Sunday Vespers – FREE Sun., Dec. 16 | 4:30pm
- Music provided by the Cathedral Schola Cantorum.
Tickets NOT Required
General inquires about our Music Program should be directed to: Daniel Sañez
Cathedral Concert Series
Music for a Cathedral Space
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
Daniel 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.
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.
Lauren Clay Tompkins, soprano, has been a cantor and section leader at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA since 2015. A Richmond native, Lauren is no stranger to area congregations, having held several similar positions at St. Benedict Catholic Church and St. Matthew Episcopal Church. Love of music has brought her beyond the doors of the church into the wider community as a soloist for concerts for the Richmond Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and as a member of several professional ensembles, including the Schola Cantorum at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, VA and the Virginia Chorale of Norfolk, VA.
In 2018, Lauren was awarded a singing fellowship for the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Norfolk, CT), as part of the Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop under the direction of Simon Carrington. She also won 2ndPrize in the adult category at the 2017 Virginia NATS Competition. Specializing in Early Music, she studied voice with Nancy Zylstra and Penelope Jensen at Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute. Lauren earned her BA in International Studies, with a minor in Italian, from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ian Richardson, bass-baritone, is a native Iowan currently residing in Richmond, VA. He received a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Music from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, both in vocal/operatic performance.
Since 2011, Ian has performed with reputable opera companies from Iowa to the east coast, including Kentucky Opera, Charlottesville Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Marble City Opera, Knoxville Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera.
Outside of church in Richmond, he has enjoyed collaborating with the Richmond Symphony Chorus as a soloist, a Main Stage artist at Capitol Opera, and as a soloist for Richmond Concert Chorale. He is also a bass in the Piedmont Singers of Central Virginia, an up-and-coming octet specializing in living composers.
Ian also composes classical music, including a full recital of art songs he performed with pianist, Daniel Stipe, at Longwood University this past February 2018. His other works include an abundance of choral music, more art songs, satirical songs, and a song set for soprano, piano, and string quintet. His choral work, “Te Lucis”—composed in loving memory of Peter Hopkins (music director of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church)—was his first premier, performed by St. Stephen’s chamber choir, Sanctuary. In the Winter of 2018, he received his first commission, a collaboration with Richmond Women’s Chorus, words written by Richmond’s own beloved slam poet, Michelle Dodd. You can hear two of Ian’s latest choral commissions during the Piedmont Singers’ fall concert, Love and Madness.
Rondy Michael Lazaro, M.D., is a tenor with the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Schola Cantorum 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 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. Dr. Lazaro is currently a fellow in Sports Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center.
Tara Davy, soprano, is a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University studying Vocal Performance with an emphasis on Opera performance. She has held cantoring and section leader positions in her hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia, since 2015, including at the historic church Bruton Parish Episcopal and St Bede Catholic Church. She has been featured as a soloist by numerous organizations in the area, including the Williamsburg Women’s Chorus, Bruton Parish Church’s Candlelight Concert Series, Smithfield Sundays at Four, and William and Mary’s Opera Workshop. The spring of 2018, she also sang with the Virginia Chorale Young Singer’s Project. Tara studied voice with Dana Lynne Varga at Boston University Tanglewood Institute the summer of 2016 and studied with Christopher Mooney from 2014 to 2018. She is currently studying with Cynthia Donnell at VCU where she participates in the school’s by-audition choir and opera theater programs.
Louise Gallagher is an alto in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Parish Choir and Schola Cantorum. Louise has sung in a number of choirs and small ensembles including School Choirs, Church Choirs and an all-women acapella ensemble, and The Music Group of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA., directed by Sean Deibler. After moving to Richmond from Philadelphia in 2011, Louise has been the alto in the Virelai Quartet and alto/soprano II member of the River Road Church Chancel Choir. She is a Cantor for weddings and funerals at Saint Bridget Catholic Church in Richmond, VA., where she is also employed as the Music Administrator. Louise is an oil painter of realism and has trained under instructors such as contemporary artist, Quita Brodhead, and artist of realism, Marisa Magat. Louise holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Clinical Psychology.
Michael Kotrady, baritone, has been a presence in Virginia’s classical music community for over three decades. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, where he studied with the late James Erb. He has appeared as a soloist and chorister with numerous ensembles, including the Richmond Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, eighth blackbird, and The Virginia Chorale. Michael served for many years in the choir of Richmond’s historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and is a staff singer for Congregation Beth Ahabah. His childhood musical studies were with violinist-conductor Jorge Gardos, himself a student of Zoltán Kodály. Michael currently studies voice with Dr. Jennifer Cable. He has been employed since 1997 by wine importer Kysela Père et Fils.
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.
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.
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