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Music Ministries

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church offers a comprehensive choral program including adult and youth choral ensembles, a concert series, choral scholarships, and unique performance opportunities. Through fine repertoire, advanced vocal and musical education, prayer, and a positive learning environment, members develop life-long values which enhance their spiritual lives and the people to whom they minister.


Mission

As ministers of the word through music, the music ministry is dedicated to providing leadership in the worship of God and in the proclamation of God’s word. In turn, we strive to present superiority in the artistic training and Christian formation of youth and adults and to enrich the cultural life of the community.


Welcome from the Director of Music

 

Mass Schedule - Ensembles

Saturday 5:15 p.m. Mass - Ensemble Novus
Sunday 7 a.m. Mass - Cantor & Organ
Sunday 9 a.m. Mass - Choral Scholars, Girlchoir, Boychoir, or St. Maria Goretti Choir
Sunday 11 a.m. Mass - Choral Scholars, Girlchoir, or Boychoir
Sunday 5:15 p.m. Mass - Men’s or Women's Schola

See Music Ministry Calendar


Join the Choirs

The music ministry is always seeking new members to join our family of music ministers! By clicking on a box below, you will be able to learn more about each ensemble, review each group's rehearsal schedule, and register for membership.

For more information regarding Music Ministry policies and membership expectations, please see the Music Ministry Membership Handbook.

St. Maria Goretti Choir
Non-auditioned choir of men and women, ages 18+

The St. Maria Goretti Choir is a non-auditioned vocal ensemble for adults and high school students. The St. Maria Goretti Choir regularly leads liturgies at the parish throughout the choral season. Singers of all levels are invited to join this choral ensemble. While no audition is required, all members seeking to join the choir will be required to undergo a vocal hearing with the Director of Music so that the Director may place you in the most appropriate section of the choir. The choir sings for the Sunday 9 a.m. liturgy and for many Feast Days and Solemnities throughout the choral season.

Rehearsal Schedule - Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Registration - Please fill out the online registration form

Choral Scholars
Professional auditioned choir of men and women

The Choral Scholars is a professional adult choir of professional level singers. The Choral Scholars can often be heard singing in collaboration with the St. Dominic Savio Boychoir and St. Cecilia Girlchoir. Auditions for this ensemble are available throughout the course of the choral season on an as-needed basis. The ensemble is comprised of professional level choral singers from throughout the area. The choir can often be heard singing music from the Renaissance to modern choral classics. The choir primarily sings for the Sunday Solemn Mass at 11:00 a.m. and for many Feast Days and Solemnities throughout the choral season.

Rehearsal Schedule - Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Registration - Please fill out the online registration form
To audition for a paid singer position, please click here

Men’s Schola & Women’s Schola
Non-auditioned chant-based ensembles for men and women, ages 15+

The Men’s Schola & Women’s Schola are two, non-auditioned, chant ensembles of men and women, respectively. These ensembles will be responsible for leading the Sunday 5:15 p.m. liturgy by chanting the Propers, Ordinary, and other portions of the Holy Mass through the recitation of plainsong and hymnody. Chant will be in both English and Latin. While no audition is required, all members seeking to join the Men’s Schola & Women’s Schola will be required to undergo a vocal hearing with the Director of Music. Members will also be trained to read chant notation.

Rehearsal Schedule - Sundays, 4 - 5 p.m. (as assigned)

Registration - Please fill out the online registration form

St. Cecilia Girlchoir & St. Dominic Savio Boychoir
Two choirs of boys and girls, grades 3-8

The St. Cecilia Girlchoir and St. Dominic Savio Boychoir are comprised of students with treble voices (unexpanded or “unchanged” voices) in grades 3-8. All members receive music education and vocal training through the Youth Chorister Training Program.

The Boychoir and Girlchoir adhere to a unique schedule of rehearsals and responsibilities including singing for liturgies throughout each month of the choral season and, on occasion, for civic events. In addition, the choristers participate in special services, tours, recordings, and retreats throughout the year. These choirs can be heard singing regularly at liturgies with the Choral Scholars, in combination with one another, or independently. The choirs primarily sing for the Sunday 11 a.m. liturgies and for many Feast Days and Solemnities throughout the choral season.

Students seeking admission into the Boychoir or Girlchoir must successfully complete at least one semester of instruction within the Youth Chorister Training Program. For more information regarding the program and membership, please see Youth Chorister Training Program.

Ensemble Novus
Non-auditioned ensemble of singers and instrumentalists, ages 14+

Ensemble Novus is a nonobligatory ensemble comprised of singers and instrumentalists who focus on music with a distinctive contemporary sound, leading the church in liturgy at the Saturday 5:15 p.m. Vigil Mass, year-round. This ensemble is designed for those who cannot commit to a regular weekly rehearsal but would still like to participate in the parish music ministry.

Rehearsal Schedule - Saturdays, 3:45 - 5 p.m.

Registration - Please fill out the online registration form

Absence Report

Active participants - To report an upcoming absence, please fill out the form below.

Absence Report Form

Support Our Parish

In gratitude for God’s generosity, we dedicate a sacrificial portion of our gifts of time, talent, and treasure to serve Christ and His Church by supporting the needs of our parish.