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Music Ministries

Welcome to the St. Maria Goretti 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.


Registration

Please learn more about our choral program below and fill out the registration form to get started. Although, some choirs are not currently active, we encourage you to still register now for future programming.

Registration Form


Mass Schedule - Ensembles (Current Schedule)

Saturday 5:15 p.m. Mass - Cantor, Organ & Piano
Sunday 7 a.m. Mass - Cantor & Organ
Sunday 9 a.m. Mass - Men’s Schola & Women's Schola
Sunday 11 a.m. Mass - Choral Scholars
Sunday 5:15 p.m. Mass - Cantor & Organ

Mass Schedule - Ensembles (Beginning Fall 2021)

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

The Choirs

Please click on the choirs below to learn more.

Choral Scholars
Auditioned choir of men and women, ages 18+

The Choral Scholars is a semi-professional adult choir of advanced 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. The ensemble is comprised of both parishioners and scholarship 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 11 a.m. liturgies and for many Feast Days and Solemnities throughout the choral season.

Rehearsal Schedule - Wednesdays, 8:15 - 9:30 p.m.

Please note - Membership to this choir will be limited in order to allow for social distancing in the choir loft.

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 - Wednesdays, 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.

Please note - Membership to this choir will be limited in order to allow for social distancing in the choir loft.

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.

Rehearsal Schedule - Currently on hold

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 primarily sings for the Sunday 9 a.m. liturgy and for many Feast Days and Solemnities throughout the choral season.

Rehearsal Schedule - Currently on hold

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 - Currently on hold

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.