Our parish is blessed with a vibrant musical program, coordinated by our accomplished choirmaster and organist Patrick Williams. Our music program currently offers three choirs, described below. If you or your child are interested in participating in one of these choirs, please complete a registration form available on the information table in the church vestibule. For more information, please speak with Mr. Williams after Mass.
The men’s schola cantorum (Lat. “school of singers”) is open to men and boys whose voices have changed. The schola is responsible for preparing a considerable amount of music for each High Mass; therefore, proficiency in reading traditional Gregorian notation is indispensable. The schola sings every Sunday for the 11:00 Mass plus occasional weekday evening High Masses (first Fridays, holy days, etc.). Rehearsals are held every Wednesday 7:15–8:15 p.m. in the choir loft plus most Saturdays 8:45–10:00 a.m. Prospective members are invited to attend a rehearsal before making any commitment. Warm-up is usually 20 minutes before Mass.
The mixed choir is open to adults and adolescents/teenagers. Admission depends upon balance among voice parts (sections) and individual vocal quality and ability to match pitch as determined by a brief placement audition. This choir sings approximately twice a month for the 11:00 Sunday Mass plus additional holy days and special occasions throughout the year. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday 7:00–8:30 p.m. in the choir loft. Free childcare is available upon request.
The children’s choir is open to all children from third grade until adolescence. Younger children may participate if they can already read well. There is no audition and no requirement of prior musical experience. Girls are welcome to continue singing with the children’s choir into their teenage years, especially if they have younger siblings in the choir. Boys whose voices have already changed may not sing in the children’s choir. They are encouraged to audition for the mixed choir, sing with the men’s schola, or both. The children’s choir sings approximately once a month, alternating between the 9:00 and 11:00 Sunday Masses. Rehearsals are held every Friday 5:00–6:00 p.m. in the choir loft.
There are various opportunities for congregational singing during High Mass as well as the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Low Mass. All hymn/page numbers are posted on the hymn board to the left of the Communion rail. Some chanted Mass parts such as the Asperges, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, and Agnus Dei are sung in alternation between the schola and congregation. In addition to hymns and chants, the Saint Edmund Campion Missal & Hymnal in our pews contains texts for the proper of the Mass for Sundays and feasts.