Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts was born in 1992 when Msgr. James Telthorst, Cathedral rector at the time, hired John Romeri as Music Director of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and, working together, they recognized the opportunity for the Cathedral to become a cultural landmark for the larger community beyond the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
Within a year, St. Louis Cathedral Concerts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established to showcase exceptional musical artists and programs in the unique and inspiring Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Selective and creative programming brought international, national and local artists, not duplicated in the area.
In August of 2010, Dr. John Romeri left St. Louis, accepting the position of Director of Music for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Following a national search, Dr. Horst Buchholz was selected by Cathedral Concerts Board of Trustees as Romeri's successor, becoming the second Artistic Director of St. Louis Cathedral Concerts.
St. Louis Cathedral Concerts places emphasis on music composed to be performed in a space like the Cathedral, ensembles experienced in performing in such a setting and opportunities for educational outreach.
To date, St. Louis Cathedral Concerts has entertained and enlightened more than 175,000 audience members through its performances and educational programs.
List of Artists that have performed as part of Saint Louis Cathedral Concerts: *Denotes First time performing in St. Louis was with Cathedral Concerts
*Academy of Ancient Music *Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Alleluia Ringers American Boychoir *Apollo’s Fire with Apollo’s Singers Archdiocesan Choir of St. Louis: Berlioz Te Deum Christmas at the Cathedral Mozart Mass in C minor Mozart Coronation Mass Bruckner Mass in F minor *Bella Voce *Boston Camerata Boys Choir of Harlem *Brass Spectacular with Susan Slaughter Canadian Brass Cantus Chanticleer Charles Callahan, organist *Choir of Clare College, Cambridge *Choir of King’s College, Cambridge *Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York City *Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge *Choir of St. Thomas, Leipzig with the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra *Choir of Westminster Abbey, London *Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford Christine Brewer, soprano Peter Richard Conte, organist Lynne Davis, organist *The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra *Early Music New York “The Play of Daniel” “Herod and the Innocents” “Sponsus: A Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins” *English Concert with Trevor Pinnock Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra Dr. Janette Fishell, organist *James Goettsche, Vatican Organist *Girl’s Choir of Harlem Gloriae Dei Cantores *Jean Guillou, Organist Harvard Glee Club *Felix Hell, organist I Musici *Paul Jacobs, organist *Jitro, Czech Girls Choir *Kansas City Chorale *Olivier Latry, organist, Notre Dame, Paris *Leipzig Chamber Orchestra with Stephen Burns, Trumpet Robert Lehman, organist *Les Violons du Roy, Montreal *Libera Luther College Nordic Choir Douglas Major, organist *Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra with Nadezda Tokareva, violin *Moses Hogan Chorale Missouri Colleges University of Missouri - St. Louis University of Missouri - Columbia Missouri State University * Munich Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Philippe Entremont with Gloriæ Dei Cantores *National Lutheran Choir *Opole, Philharmonic of Poland with Marta Kowalczyk, violin & Izabela Matula, soprano *Jane Parker-Smith, Organist *Pikes Peak Ringers, Handbells Simon Preston, organist *Russian National Orchestra *State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico St. Ambrose Chamber Orchestra Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus *St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, London *St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra *St. Thomas Choir, New York City *Stile Antico John Scott, organist Fred Swann, organist The Chenaults, Duo Organists The Tallis Scholars *The Suspicious Cheese Lords *Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra *Tenebrae University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club Vienna Boys Choir Waverly Consort Webster University Chorale & Choral Society *Westminster Cathedral Choir, London Westminster Choir College Handbell Choir Dame Gillian Weir, organist