Sacred Music

Welcome to the Music Pages for the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Cathedral ChoirOur program includes many dedicated musicians from throughout the Archdiocese of Saint Louis: members of our Cathedral Choir, Cathedral Schola, and Archdiocesan Adult Choir, 

St. Louis Cathedral Concerts is a real treasure for classical and sacred music lovers in the St. Louis region. Visit Cathedral Concerts to get the details of the world-class artists who visit the Cathedral Basilica each season. Come to the Cathedral and “Experience Great Music in a Great Space.”

We are honored to be a part of the Choral Series with MorningStar Music. The Series contains some of the very best in Choral Music and Service Music for today’s church.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Organ Scholar Position

Cathedral Pipe OrganThe Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is seeking two highly gifted musicians to fill the open organ scholar positions. Please see the position description below. This program is intended for high school students with aspirations for a career in organ and sacred music. Formal piano or organ instruction is required. Advanced pianists with no formal organ training are encouraged to apply and will be given full consideration. For more information please contact Andrew Kreigh Director of Sacred Music Archdiocese and Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 314-373-8228. Please see full description found by clicking on this link.



Archdiocesan Youth Choir Director Position Opening

Childrens Choir

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is seeking applications for a part-time position as the Archdiocesan Youth Choir Director. Preferred candidates will have experience conducting and leading youth choirs, expertise in recruitment and retention of choristers, and a strong desire to build community engagement throughout the parishes and archdiocese as a whole.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has a rich history of sacred music and most especially in choral music. It is an exciting time as we are rebuilding what was once a very large and impactful ministry in the archdiocese. From the historic pontifical boys choir under the direction of William Diebels and Mario Salvador to the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir under the direction of John Romeri and Horst Buchholz, we now have the opportunity to re-establish the music formation with our young Catholics.

For more information please see the full job description provided by clicking on the link. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Andrew Kreigh, Director of Sacred Music, at [email protected].

Choir Auditions & Schola Cantorum 2024-2025

The Archdiocesan Choir, Cathedral Choir, and Schola Cantorum are always open to new members. If you have a love for sacred music and wish to be a part of something bigger than yourself consider membership in one of our choirs. The Archdiocesan Choir and Cathedral Choir do not require the ability to sight-read music. Excellent sight-reading and vocal technique is required for the Schola Cantorum. For more information please follow this linke to the audition requirements outline.

If you are reading this please consider this a call to action for you! Please contact the music office to schedule an audition. The choirs are a great way to bring the Catholic community of St. Louis together, give greater glory to God. The choirs are also a great opportunity for community and fellowship with musicians and Catholics alike. Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to inspire beauty and evangelize to the faithful at Holy Mass! You can contact the music office at [email protected] or 314-373-8228.

Mr. Andrew Kreigh
Mr. Benton Blasingame

Cathedral Choir and Schola Cantorum

Cathedral ChoirCome, hear, and experience the transcendent beauty of God in one of our liturgies or concerts.

Generations of composers and musicians have contributed to the Church's treasury of Sacred Music. Because of their efforts, countless faithful have been transformed by the experience of the divine through the beauty of the music of the Sacred Liturgy. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is dedicated to cultivating a program whereby you can become part of that story and experience the transformative power of Sacred Music.


Singers and instrumentalists wishing to join the Cathedral Choir, the Cathedral Instrumentalists, or the Archdiocesan Choir should contact the Office of Sacred Music for more information and to schedule an audition/interview. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis music program is made up of two choral ensembles. The first is the Cathedral Choir which is made up of volunteer singers who by way of a successful audition become members. The second vocal ensemble at the cathedral is the Schola Cantorum. The schola is comprised of professional singers who have gained position in this ensemble by way of audition as well. Excellent sight-reading is required of these individuals. This ensemble specializes in polyphony, chant, and also sings with the Cathedral Choir for Sunday liturgies.

Artist in Residence - Mr. Scott Kennebeck

Kennebeck Headshot 2022Scott is Executive Director/Artistic Director of St. Louis Cathedral Concerts at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. He is responsible for running all aspects of the organization including marketing, development, selecting artists, and programming educational events. He holds a Bachelor of Fine and Performing Arts degree from St. Louis University, in both Vocal Performance and Theatre and is an active performer in St. Louis.

Since 1993 he has served as the Tenor section leader for the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Choir and Archdiocesan Choir of St. Louis. He also serves as cantor for the Cathedral Parish, as well as at major Archdiocesan events. He was a cantor/soloist for 100,000+ in attendance and a worldwide television broadcast audience for the Papal Mass in St. Louis, Missouri in 1999. He has toured as soloist throughout the United States, Italy, England, Germany, and Austria. His performances have included Verdi’s Requiem in Rome, Italy; Hector Berlioz’s Te Deum in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and numerous performances of Handel’s Messiah as well as other oratorios including The Seven Last Words of Christ by Dubois. He has also performed with Union Avenue Opera and the St. Louis Muny. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine and Performing Arts/Music and Theatre from St. Louis University, and has studied voice with Christine Armistead at Washington University.

In 2017 Scott was one of the winners of the St. Louis Blues NHL franchise “Search for a National Anthem Singer” competition. Since then he has sung both the Canadian and US National Anthems for over 20 NHL games at Enterprise Center to wide-spread acclaim.

Scott has multiple recordings with his collaborator John Powel Walsh including Pie Jesu, Midnight Clear, Angels Bending Near the Earth, Words to Music (Songs of Eugene Field), and Emerald Tribute, honoring the great Irish singer, John McCormack.

Vox Una Youth Chorale Residency

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From Executive Director Addie Akin:

In the fall of 2021, during the height of the pandemic, I was searching for ways to better engage with the incredibly talented high school singers in the St. Louis area. In a casual conversation with my husband, he simply said: “You need to create your own choir.”

Thus, the idea for Vox Una Youth Chorale was born.

During my years at St. Louis University High School and Cor Jesu Academy, I have become acutely aware of a need for a high-level mixed ensemble for students attending single-gender high schools. Participating in District and All-State festivals are rewarding and challenging endeavors, but the opportunities are few, and the experiences short-lived. Our students deserve more.

VUYC was created to provide high school vocalists with experiences that will not only fill both musical and social voids, but expose them to challenging compositions that will enhance their love for music. As members of Vox Una, students will have the opportunity to perform with talented singers from all over the region, in world-renowned spaces.

VUYC is thrilled to partner with the Archdiocese and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for the 2023-2024 season as an artist in residence. As such, we are looking forward to singing on a concert as part of St. Louis Cathedral Concert’s season and will have use of the facilities for rehearsals as needed. Additionally, Vox Una will be invited to sing at a handful of liturgies at the Cathedral throughout the year.

I feel extremely privileged to be joining students on this unique and rewarding musical journey, and I’m excited about the potential and possibilities that lie ahead.

For more information regarding the choir and how you can join please go to Vox Una's website by visiting

Artist in Residence - Ms. Lea Zelaya

Img 0972Born to a musically inclined Air Force family, Lea spent her childhood overseas and in Kansas, her family actively injecting themselves into every Catholic parish. As a result, Lea began cantoring at Mass at a young age, inspiring her passion for music and furthering her education in it. She relocated to St. Louis where she graduated with departmental honors from Webster University, earning a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Vocal Performance. While attending Webster, and after, Lea was an active cantor at Holy Redeemer Parish in Webster Groves. The parish’s mahogany baby grand piano, which turns 100 years old in 2024, was gifted to her and now rests proudly in her living room.


Since 2016, Lea has held principal roles with the American Kantorei, a professional ensemble specializing
in the works of J.S. Bach. Prior to joining the Basilica, she was the Soprano Section Leader and Soloist at
Christ Church Cathedral, the heart of the Episcopal diocese in downtown St. Louis. Lea also held her
senior recital in their sanctuary, conveying the musical expression of faith throughout history. In an
effort to bring worship to parishioners during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Lea and her husband hosted the
music for Christ Church Cathedral’s services virtually from their home.

An in-demand soprano throughout the Midwest, Lea has performed as a soloist in numerous Cantatas
and Masses, Händel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St Paul, Fauré’s Requiem, and other sacred
works by Olivier Messiaen, Benjamin Britten, and Camille Saint-Saëns. Operatic roles include Euridice in
Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
She has also performed in backup ensembles for Josh Groban and the Eagles.

“Not everyone discovers their calling in life, but I am blessed to have found mine through the incredible,
selfless gift of music.” – Lea Zelaya

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