The choir of the cathedral is a mixed group composed of children and adults.
Beyond its primary role of animating masses by maintaining the treasure of sacred music, it allows the children to blossom through singing, by acquiring a broad musical culture, in-depth musical training and vocal technique.

The Maîtrise today…

“The aim of the choir is the musical animation of the liturgies in the cathedral”

The repertoire of the Maîtrise is a mixture of congregational songs, canticles, sacred music and oratorio works from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

Choirmaster’s Cross
After three years of commitment, the Master’s members receive a cross to wear during the cathedral’s celebrations. This cross rewards the assiduity and commitment of the singers.

Additional activities
A trip/tour is organized every year, combining cultural discovery and religious singing, but also exchanges with other musical groups.

The masters wear an alb provided by the cathedral. This alb remains in the choir’s checkroom, but parents are asked to take care of it.

The uniform includes a sweater with the choir’s logo for children and a dark suit for adults.

Organization / Contact
Religious authority: Chanon Emmanuel BLONDEAU, Cathedral Priest
Cantor, Musical Coordinator: Nicolas LHOSTE
President of the association Maîtrise: Hélène de la KETHULLE

Address : Maîtrise de la Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres / 16 cloître Notre-Dame / 28000 Chartres, France

Contact us by the online form (here)

Do you like to sing?

Children from 8 to 14 years old, Teenagers from 14 to 18 years old, Adults…

Brief History…

The Maîtrise of Chartres Cathedral is one of the oldest in the world. A text of 485 attests that, under Bishop Flavius, a choir of young clerics existed to sing the services.

The essential impulse was however given by Saint Fulbert (960-1028). A composer himself, Fulbert became bishop in 1006 and had the cathedral rebuilt after the fire of 1020. The present crypt is his work. The Cathedral School of Chartres became one of the most important centers of study in Europe, where philosophy, theology and the liberal arts were always closely linked. Thus, the master’s degree was also a place of thought.
We still have the names of children who were enrolled there in the 11th century.

Like many other choirs, it knew famous masters and had an intense musical activity until its dissolution during the Revolution.

Reconstituted with the Concordat, the choir school recovered its glory until 1969 when it disappeared again. It was re-established in 1980 under the impulse of Canon Hercouët.