The Parish Choir consists of members from high school age to our most veteran parishioners who have a love of music specifically in the area of service to the church in its Ministry of Music.
Although it is not absolutely necessary to read music to be a member of the choir, it greatly assists in the rehearsal and preparation process.
The Parish Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the choir loft from mid-September through May. The Choir regularly serves at the Sunday 10:00 a.m. Liturgy.
The Parish Choir also ministers during the great feasts of Christmas along with Holy Week and Easter.
Our Junior Choir consists of children of our parish in grades 1-8. These talented youngsters, under the direction of Mrs. Michelle Federico, our Elementary School Music Teacher, often minister at the Sunday 10:00 a.m. liturgy, and during School liturgies. If interested in being a member of our Junior Choir, please contact Mrs. Federico at firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Choir rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from 2:45-3:15 p.m. in the Church.
The cantor is both a singer and a leader of congregational song. Especially when no choir is present, the cantor may sing in alternation or dialogue with the assembly.
For example, the cantor may sing the invocations of the Kyrie, intone the Gloria, lead the short acclamations at the end of the Scripture readings, intone and sing the verse of the Gospel Acclamation, sing the invocations of the Prayer of the Faithful, and lead the singing of the Agnus Dei.
The cantor may also sing the verses of the psalm or song that accompany the Entrance, Preparation of the Gifts, and Communion. Finally, the cantor may serve as psalmist, leading and proclaiming the verses of the Responsorial Psalm.
As a leader of congregational song, the cantor should take part in singing with the entire gathered assembly. In order to promote the singing of the liturgical assembly, the cantor’s voice should not be heard above the congregation. As a transitional practice, the voice of the cantor might need to be amplified to stimulate and lead congregational singing when this is still weak. However, as the congregation finds its voice and sings with increasing confidence, the cantor’s voice should correspondingly recede. At times, it may be appropriate to use a modest gesture that invites participation and clearly indicates when the congregation is to begin, but gestures should be used sparingly and only when genuinely needed.
Cantors should lead the assembly from a place where they can be seen by all without drawing attention from the liturgical action. When, however, a congregation is singing very familiar responses, acclamations, or songs that do not include verses for the cantor alone, the cantor need not be visible.
The cantor exercises his or her ministry from a conveniently located stand, but not from the ambo. The cantor may dress in an alb or choir robe, but always in clean, presentable, and modest clothing. Cassock and surplice, being clerical attire, are not recommended as vesture for the cantor.
If interested and qualified to be a cantor at Sunday liturgy, please contact Richard Gullion, Director of Music at email@example.com to schedule an audition.
Our outstanding members of the Junior Choir, under the tutelage and mentoring of Mrs. Michelle Federico, our Elementary School Music Teacher, often assist in leading the assembly’s song at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday liturgy and at school liturgies.
Auditions to become a Junior Cantor are scheduled at the beginning of the school year with Mrs. Federico and Mr. Gullion. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the audition date and time.