Organists & Choirs

Denis Bédard

Organist and Music Director

Born in Quebec City in 1950, Denis Bédard graduated from the Quebec Conservatory of music with first class honours. He was laureate of the “Prix d’Europe” in 1975 and of the CBC Radio Talent Competition in 1978, and has been the organist and music director at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver since September 2001. He has given concerts throughout Canada and in the United States, France and Brazil, and has recorded frequently for Radio-Canada and the CBC. He has composed over one hundred works, which have been performed in more than 25 countries and have been published and recorded on CD. He himself has recorded two CDs of his organ compositions, one at the Quebec City Basilica and one at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver. In 1993, with his wife Rachel Alflatt, he founded Editions Cheldar, which publishes his own organ and choral music. For more info, contact cheldar@cheldar.com

Catherine Walsh

Assistant Organist and Music Administrator

A native of Prince George, Catherine Walsh graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Music degree in organ and harpsichord. She has played in various parishes throughout Vancouver starting in the mid-1980s, and at the Cathedral since 1998. She directs the Holy Rosary Women’s Choir and also organizes visiting choirs and organists to the Cathedral.

Choirs

The Cathedral Choir

The Cathedral Choir is directed by Denis Bédard and is a mixed choir dedicated to providing music for the Solemn High Mass at the Cathedral (11:00 AM Sundays) as well as all major feast days. They regularly sing polyphonic Masses as well as a variety of motets in both English and Latin. If you are interested in joining this choir, you must be able to read music and be willing to give an audition. Practices are Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM. Call the office for more information at 604-682-6774.

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The Holy Rosary Women’s Choir

The choir, directed by Catherine Walsh, was founded in the fall of 2000 to provide music for the 9:30 am Sunday Mass. The choir has grown quickly, attracting women from a variety of musical backgrounds who are united in their love of singing. Their repertoire ranges from chant to 3-part Latin Masses to spirituals. If you are interested in joining this choir, you must have either some choir experience or be able to read music. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. Call Catherine for more information at 604-222-8072.

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The Contemporary Choir

The Cathedral Contemporary Choir, directed by Chito Lacsina, sings at the 12:30 PM Sunday Mass. They are a 30-member choir who sing mostly contemporary and congregational music and are accompanied by either the organ or the piano. No experience is necessary to join, just a love of singing. If you are interested in joining this choir, call Chito at 604-873-9643. Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings at 11 AM before the 12:30 PM Mass.

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