at the Cathedral
The Cathedral Organ
The first organ at Christ Church, dedicated on December 7, 1859, was made by the Henry Erben factory in New York. The $7000 instrument was one of the largest in the south, composed of the pedal, choir, great and swell organ and 50 stops. The 1906 hurricane destroyed the organ. It was replaced by a Hook and Hastings organ in 1907, which was rebuilt in the late 1940’s, and upon its completion the Christ Church organ was considered the finest in Mobile.
In 1985 Steiner-Reck completed another major rebuild of the organ. This increased the number of pipe ranks from 29 to 58. With the 2009 restoration to the Cathedral, the organ was refurbished and cleaned and a trumpet en chamade was installed on the balcony wall.
Today Christ Church Cathedral continues to enjoy hearing music from one of the finest organs in the southeastern United States.
All choirs rehearse weekly on Wednesdays.
Cathedral Organist and Choir Director: Peggy Lyden
Assistant Choir Master: Teri Williams
Margaret Levensailor Lyden, (Peggy), has served as Organist and Choir Director at the Cathedral since April of 2001. She has served numerous churches in the Mobile and Baldwin County area including St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Mobile, St. John's Episcopal Church, Mobile and Spanish Fort United Methodist Church, Spanish Fort. She also teaches music at the Lower School at St. Paul's Episcopal School. Peggy graduated with distinction in performance from Converse College with a Bachelor's degree in Music in Organ Performance and holds a Master's degree from the University of South Alabama in Education with a concentration in music. Peggy is a member of the American Guild of Organists.
4:30 - 5:15 pm
6:30 - 8:00 pm
5:15 - 6:15 pm
Adult Cathedral Choir *
Handbell Choir **
Christ Church Cathedral Children’s Choir—C4
The children’s choir, C4, will begin rehearsals for our young people, ages 3 through 5th grade on Wednesday, September 11, from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Rehearsals begin with a short snack time.
Peggy Lyden, Cathedral Organist and Choir Director, and Teri Williams, assistant Choir Director and Handbell Choir Director will work with the children. Along with singing, our choristers enjoy playing tone chimes and handbells.
C4 performance schedule will be posted soon.
* Adult Choir Rehearsals resume Wednesday, August 14 from 6:30- 8:00 pm. Anyone high school age and above is welcome to make a joyful noise in this vital Cathedral ministry.
** Handbell Choir rehearsals will resume Wednesday, September 11, from 5:15-6:15 pm. This choir is open to all high school age and older members who would like to ring.
Celebration of New Ministry and
Installation of the Second Dean
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Advent Music at Noon
Wednesdays, December 4 & 11
Advent Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Monday, December 24
4:30 p.m. Prelude
5:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
University of South Alabama Trumpet Ensemble
Sunday, February 9
Wednesdays, March 12, 19, & 26,
April 2 & 9
Easter Festival Eucharist
Sunday, April 20
Christ Church Cathedral Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, May 11