Sacred Music


Our schedule of music for 2017 Lent and Easter through Corpus Christi is posted under Downloads below.

Sung Compline for the Annunciation
On Friday, March 24, at 8pm, the eve of the Annunciation, the Basilica is privileged to host an ensemble of music students, led by our own musician, Cody Lawyer, with Fr. David Carter officiating, for our first public Sung Compline, the Night Prayer of the Divine Office. The service will last about 30 minutes and include ancient and contemporary choral music and chant.

Lenten Organ Music for Adoration
Our parish organist, Andrea Tierney, will play quiet Lenten selections during the first hour of Adoration after the Noon Mass on Friday, March 31.


At all our sung Masses at the Basilica, we have the common objective of offering sacred music that fulfills the vision and standards of the Catholic Church, especially as handed down by the Second Vatican Council.

Here is a clip of guest organist, Jim Fry, practicing before our 125th Anniversary organ recital: Trumpet Tune in D Major by David Johnson.

The Basilica presented the Voci Virili Men’s Consort in a sacred music concert, A Capella Traditions,on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm. This concert featured religious songs from different musical eras and cultural traditions, arranged for men’s voices.
LISTEN HERE to the Feb. 12 2017 VOCI VIRILI concert
LISTEN to the conclusion of the concert

On August 15, 2015, we participated in such a workshop at Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church in Jasper, Georgia, less than 100 miles from the Basilica. Several parishioners from the Basilica and other parishes around the Diocese of Knoxville attended, along with 130 people from six states. Our own pastor, Fr. David Carter, gave a rousing keynote lecture.

Click here for the written edition of Fr. Carter's keynote address: Re-discovery of the Church's Sacred Tradition: II Kings 22
Here is a report on the 8/15/15 sacred music workshop that was published on Corpus Christi Watershed.

Here are some more photos photos from the Summer Sacred Music Workshop in Jasper, GA on August 15, 2015.

Our Basilica hosted the Southeast Summer Sacred Music Workshop II on July 22-23! Click here for more information and to connect with Southeastern Sacred Music.

Learn More

To learn more about the music we sing at the Basilica and why we sing it, please visit our Joy of Tradition page. There you will find articles about the Church's current teachings on sacred music and our rich Catholic heritage of Gregorian chant and polyphony. Terms like the Sung Ordinary and Propers are explained here. And you can watch, listen, and learn the various settings of the Ordinary parts of the Mass that we sing as a a congregation.

Please contact our Sacred Music Coordinator, Maria Rist, at 865-335-0588, or through the Contact button below, to learn more about sacred music at the Basilica or to discuss opportunities to contribute to the ministry.

Photos of combined choirs and Jim Fry's organ recital for our 125th Anniversary:  courtesy of Stephen Golder
Photos of Corpus Christi procession 2015, choir and pipe organ at Midnight Mass 2015, and parish organist, Andrea Tierney:  courtesy of Robin Rudd
Photos of Basilica Choir:  courtesy of Stephen Golder and Fr. David Carter


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