Our parish is blessed
with a vibrant musical program,
coordinated by our accomplished choirmaster and organist Mr. Patrick Williams.
Music lists for High Masses are available at:
Our music program currently offers four choirs and two special ensembles, described below.
A note on congregational singing
At all Sung Masses, the congregation is invited and encouraged to join in the chanted responses such as “Et cum spiritu tuo” and “Amen,” as well as hymns and other parts of the Mass as listed in the bulletin. Some chants are normally sung in alternation between the schola and congregation; please do not join in the a cappella parts, which should be sung by the schola alone.
If you would like to learn the chants for the congregation, please visit our resource page by clicking the “LEARN MORE” link below. This is where you can listen to recordings of all the chants and get acquainted with he fundamentals of Gregorian Chant.
The Schola Cantorum Sanctæ Crucis (in Latin, School of Singers of the Holy Cross) is open to men and boys whose voices have changed. The schola is responsible for preparing a considerable amount of music for about 100 High Masses annually; therefore, proficiency in reading traditional Gregorian notation is indispensable.
The schola sings every Sunday for the 11:00 AM High Mass at St. Edward the Confessor church, plus First Fridays and other occasional weeknight and Saturday High Masses. Classes are held every Wednesday 7:30 -9:00 PM. in the choir loft at Mater Misericordiæ church. 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 typically sings two or three Sundays a month for the 11:00 AM High Mass at St. Edward the Confessor plus additional holy days and special occasions throughout the year at both churches. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM in the choir loft at Mater Misericordiæ, with sectional rehearsals 30 minutes before (women- treble schola) and after (men).
Coro en Español
El Coro en Español esta bajo la dirección de Javier Sánchez y canta para la Misa Rezada de la 1:00 PM en San Eduardo. Los ensayos se llevan a cabo una vez por semana en San Eduardo.
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 normally sings for the 9:00 AM Chant Mass on the third Sunday of the month at St. Edward the Confessor. Rehearsals are held on Fridays from 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM in the hall at Mater Misericordiae except on First Fridays and other Fridays with an evening High Mass. *Children’s choir is on summer break and will resume September 8th.
PHOENIX GREGORIAN CHANT GROUP
The Phoenix Gregorian Chant Group meets on the second Sunday of each month from 3:30-5:00 PM in the
Mater Misericordiæ Church parish hall. Singers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome! The chant group provides an informal opportunity to improve sight reading and familiarize oneself with the chants of the Mass. It is not a performing ensemble, there is no audience, and everyone participates in the singing. There are extra books available to borrow.
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If you would like to join one of our Choirs or Special Ensembles, or if you have any questions, please contact our Music Director, Mr. Williams.