Vienna Cathedral Music

Ensembles

The Cathedral Music is provided by the Vienna Cathedral Choir, St. Stephen’s Vocal Ensemble, St. Stephen’s Capella, St. Stephen’s Scholae and the Vienna Cathedral Orchestra. The artistic director of all ensembles is the Cathedral’s Director of Music Markus Landerer, who has headed Vienna Cathedral Music since 2007. Notable vocal soloists from the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Volksoper, among others, work in close cooperation with St. Stephen’s Cathedral Music.

The main area in which the Cathedral Music is engaged is the traditional Viennese high mass, which is celebrated at 10.15 a.m. on Sundays and religious feast days. The music plays a very special role in this solemn service. The main work is usually a carefully composed sequence of music (with special emphasis on the traditional use of the works of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Bruckner), supplemented by Gregorian chants, organ music and individual movements in various vocal and orchestral combinations.

The congregational singing is supplemented with choir and orchestra. As a rule, a separate programme sheet is provided to the congregants for each high mass. It contains not only the prayers and songs but also short introductions to the liturgy and the musical works.

The high mass, performed by Vienna Cathedral Music, is broadcast live every Sunday and on religious public holidays at 10.15 a.m. (at 9.30 a.m. during the summer holidays) by Radio Klassik Stephansdom on 107.3.