LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - This is the first time the group has rehearsed all together, this weekend being the only real preparation.
For music director Bob Marcantel, he's only a little stressed out.
"My choir members came up to me after the first rehearsal and they said this music's hard, and I said, 'Would you expect anything less?' " said Marcantel.
Twenty-five years with the Cathedral Chorale, Marcantel knows them inside and out.
"I've been through so much in the last 25 years, but it's the people in the parish, the people in the choir have called me here," said Marcantel. "To leave would be like leaving your family and that's why I've always stayed in the area. I've had offers to do churches many other places, but I've always turned them all down because I want to stay close to my family - and these people are like my family, so why should I leave?"
From a performance at the Vatican to the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi, Marcantel has led the group throughout the years.
To celebrate, 150 alumni joined in with the current chorale.
"We're known for our Christmas concerts because in my first year here it was my idea to do a special concert before midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, and because of that it has become a tradition. I thought, what better way to celebrate our 25th anniversary?" said Marcantel.
And with the entire cathedral smiling and singing along, you can hear the hard work Marcantel and the chorale consistently put into the songs.
He doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.