The Parish Adult Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:00 until 8:45 pm. It is open to all youth (High School age) and adults. Rehearsals on Thursdays are in the Shepherd of Armagh room, with a brief rehearsal on Sunday mornings 40 minutes before Mass and occasional additional rehearsals for special programs and Masses. The Parish Choir leads and enhances the 10:30 am Mass most weekends and moves to the other Masses occasionally. The Parish Choir sings a wide variety of choral literature celebrating our great musical heritage as well as the most durable music of our time, with an emphasis on musical excellence and liturgical leadership. A sense of pitch, love of singing and commitment to regular attendance are essential; a music background is not required.
The Parish Youth Choir will meet on a “seasonal” basis again this year. The choir will rehearse on Sundays after Mass the four weeks prior to Christmas and the five weeks prior to Easter. The Children’s Choir will sing at the 5:00 PM Christmas Vigil Mass and the 10:30 AM Easter Sunday Mass. This choir is open to all children and youth through Middle School. A love of singing, a commitment to attendance, and the ability to match pitches are all that is needed.
The Resurrection Choir is open to all friends and parishioners. This choir meets 30 minutes before funerals, which are usually held weekday mornings. This special group of singers ministers to those whose loved ones have passed on to eternal life. This choir is for those who have a love of music and a joy in ministering to those in need of comfort, healing and peace.
Hand Chimes Choir
The hand chime choir began rehearsal in the Spring. We will resume in September. We are still in need of more members! Members need a sense of rhythm and enthusiasm. Music reading skills are not required but are helpful! Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings from 6:00 until 6:45.
Cantors lead the assembly in song on Saturday evening and Sunday Masses as well as other liturgies throughout the year. The cantor also is the psalmist, proclaiming the psalm during the Liturgy of the Word. Formation and training is provided. Scheduling rotates and is flexible. Music reading skills, a pleasant voice and love for the Word of God are required.
Ensemble Musicians & Instrumentalists
Ensemble musicians are those who enjoy singing in a smaller group. Depending on the response, we will develop these group(s) and repertoire.
Instrumentalists enhance the music of the parish with their skills, whether as a solo instrument, in an ensemble, or accompanying the congregation. Scheduling is flexible.