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2014 Labor Day at the Cathedral

Mission Statement & Features

Labor Day at the Cathedral is YouthCUE's premier choral event for adult singers. Taking place annually at the Washington National Cathedral, one of the nation's most revered and sought-after choral venues, Labor Day at the Cathedral offers participating singers with a world-class, unforgettable, "once in a lifetime" choral experience.




  • Quality & excellence are paramount
  • Washington National Cathedral as concert venue, and National City Christian Church as rehearsal venue
  • Featuring Conductors Randy Edwards, Mark Hayes, and Chris Crook
  • Featuring St. Andrew United Methodist Church of Plano Chancel Choir as Anchor Choir
  • Accompanied by members of the local professional orchestra
  • Grand Concert is professionally video recorded

About Mark Hayes

6336 105101623913 4170041 nMark Hayes’ personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. A native of Ladysmith, Wisconsin, Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. In 2010, the Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music.

Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards, including “Best Musical,” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011. Most recently, Mark conducted the world premiere of his Requiem at Lincoln Center in May 2013.

We are delighted Mark will be joining us for Labor Day at the Cathedral in 2014! More information about Mark can be found on his website at

About St. Andrew UMC Chancel Choir

St Andrew UMC Chancel Choir 2013 WEBThe 90-voice St. Andrew Chancel Choir is at the heart of the music ministry of St. Andrew, with the ensemble providing musical leadership in worship each Sunday. In addition to these weekly duties and leadership of special worship services throughout the year, the Chancel Choir performs major works with professional orchestra and headlines A Salute to America on Memorial Day weekend, and A St. Andrew Christmas in December.

205438Outside of St. Andrew, the choir has sung in the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and in numerous cathedrals and performance halls across Europe. In 2009, the choir was featured at Baylor University’s Alleluia church music conference. The choir values its tradition of working with America's finest university choral conductors. Recent guest clinicians include Ronald Staheli and Rosalind Hall of Brigham Young University and Donald Neuen of UCLA.

The St. Andrew Chancel Choir is under the direction of Mr. Chris Crook. Chris received degrees in voice, organ and choral conducting from Mississippi College and Baylor University. He is an active member and clinician with American Choral Directors Association, Texas Choral Directors Association, YouthCUE and Choristers Guild, and has led music camps for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Chris also serves on the advisory board of the Center for Christian Music Studies at Baylor University.


Labor Day at the Cathedral is limited to 300 singers, secured on a "first-come, first-served" basis.

"Early-Bird" Participation Fee
Before February 28, 2014

$329 per participant

Participation Fee
After February 28, 2014

$359 per participant

A deposit of 15% of the total participation fees is due upon registration. This deposit secures your spot and is non-refundable.

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Labor Day at the Cathedral 2014 takes place August 29-31, 2014.

Fri, Aug 29
4:00pm - Rehearsal at National City Christian Church
  6:00pm - End
Sat, Aug 30
9:00am - Rehearsal
  12:00pm - End
Sun, Aug 31
1:30pm - Rehearsal at National City Christian Church
  3:30pm - End
  6:30pm - Call at Washington National Cathedral
  7:30pm - Grand Concert
  9:00pm - End


Anthem Composer Voicing
I Was Glad When they Said Unto Me Parry SATB
The Last Words of David Thompson SATB
My Eternal King Marshall SATB
The Lord's Prayer Harlan SATB
Zion's Walls Copland SATB
Poor, Wayfaring Stranger Cooper SATB
All Creatures of Our God and King Hayes SATB
Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal Hayes SATB
Grace Hayes SATB
The Gettysburg Address Hayes SATB