Music 
at the Cathedral

As the mother church of the Diocese of Arlington, The Cathedral of St. Thomas More is filled with wonderful choral and instrumental music throughout the liturgical calendar, from regular services, weddings and funerals to Diocesan events such as the Rite of Election, Confirmations, Deaconate and Priesthood Ordinations.

"The treasury of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care,  Choirs must be diligently developed. especially in cathedral churches..."
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Article 120



Praying Twice through 
Sacred Music at the Cathedral

Thevarious musical ensembles of The Cathedral of St. Thomas More provideopportunities for talented professional and volunteer musicians to apply theirtalents to the glory and praise of God. These talents are enhanced by theacoustical wonder of the Cathedral Church, which is renowned far and wide inthe musical community for its resonance and clarity. 

These ensembles include:the Cathedral Choir, the Youth Choir, and the Handbell Choir, supported by theCathedral Brass and String Ensenbles. To learn more about our choirs andensembles,

"The musical tradition of the universalChurch is a treasure of inestimable value, greater than that of any other art.The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to thewords, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy." Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Article 112 

About the Great Organ

"In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendor to the Church's ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man's mind to God and to higher things." - Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Article 120

The Cathedral of St.Thomas More features one of the largest pipe organs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

The present organ was originally built in 1961 by M.P. Moeller as a 3 manualinstrument with 28 ranks of pipes. It was rebuilt and augmented in 1980 byRobert Wyant, retaining 3 manuals, but with electro-magnetic action and 53ranks of pipes, including two sets of En Chamade reeds.