About the Chorale
The purpose of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale is to sing the great repertory of Latin Masses composed for the liturgy within the context of the Roman Catholic Latin High Mass. The current repertory includes Masses from the treasury of Catholic church music of the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with orchestral and organ accompaniment. The Chorale sees as its purpose to lift its voices in the glorification of God in order to inspire the faithful in its worship of God. A prayerful participation in Mass for both the choir and the congregation is always at the center of the Chorale’s activity. This program of orchestral Masses sung as a part of the liturgy is unique in the United States.
The choir of some 65 volunteer singers performs Masses by composers such as Joseph Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Dvorak, Gounod, Cherubini, Rheinberger and Herzogenberg with professional instrumentalists at the 10 a.m. Latin High Mass at The Church of Saint Agnes in St. Paul, MN from October to early June, except during Advent and Lent. Please consult the schedule of the Chorale posted on this website.
The Chorale began this program in 1974 and is currently in its 45th season. The choir was founded by Monsignor Richard J. Schuler in 1956 and is now directed by Dr. Robert L. Peterson. Mary E. LeVoir, DMA is the organist. Professional soloists are: Patricia Kent, soprano; Jocelyn Kalajian, contralto; John deCausmeaker, tenor, and Jon Nordstrom, bass.
At the Sunday High Mass, the Saint Agnes Schola Cantorum, under the direction of Paul W. LeVoir sings the Proper of the Mass in Gregorian chant. During Advent, Lent and the summer months, the Schola Cantorum also sings the chant Ordinary of the Mass.
The architecture of the Church of Saint Agnes in the Baroque style is ideally suited to the music of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven. It is modeled on Stift Schlägl a monastery near Aigen, Austria. The parish was founded by Austrian and Bavarian immigrants.
Board of Directors
President: Lois Berens
Vice President: Paul LeVoir
Secretary: Jean Houghton
Treasurer: Brenda Longman
President Emerita: Virginia Schubert, PhD
Deacon Nathan Allen
Mary Ann Heine
James Kromhout, MD
Linda Ann Long, MD
Rev. Mark Moriarty
Charles W. Nelson
To contact the board, use the form below.
Robert L. Peterson, PhD
Mary E. LaVoir, DMA
To Sing With The Angels
Virginia A. Schubert’s history of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale is available here>
The Chorale is a non profit organization that relies on the support of the Friends of the Chorale to carry out its mission. Although the Chorale members are volunteers, the instrumentalists and vocal soloists are professionals.