Music in the liturgy fosters the full and active participation of the assembly and expresses and strengthens the faith that is in us.
As a community of faith, we sing together of our love for God, and our song forms an integral part of our worship.
As leaders in this song, our parish musicians play a vital role in our parish liturgy.
Click on the music ministry opportunities below to learn more.
Our Adult Choir sings at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday during the school year. Rehearsals are held 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Monday evenings. No audition is required, just the desire to praise God in song and to enjoy working hard to develop the best choral music in a liturgical setting.
Contact: Dennis McKinley at 608-497-0143
The Contemporary Choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday and rehearses at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings. As denoted by the name, special emphasis is given to doing music in an upbeat, contemporary style, accompanied by varied musical instruments. No audition is required, and there is no age limit. The young-at-heart as well as the youth are encouraged to join.
Contact: Amy Carran at 608-288-9255
The SpiritSong Choir is a small, contemporary ensemble that ministers at the 5:15 p.m. Mass on Saturday. The choir sings and rehearses two times each month from September through May. This choir is perfect for singers and instrumentalists who are looking for a minimal time commitment and who would enjoy a small, friendly musical experience. No audition is required.
Contact: Pam Bradford at 608-246-4124 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Evening Music
Music ministry at the 5:15 p.m. Sunday Mass is done on an informal, drop-in basis. We rehearse from 4:15-5 p.m. on Sundays. If you are interested in joining in, whether as a singer or instrumentalist, you are welcome to either contact us or just come join in. We are looking for cantors to lead the congregation in song from the front of the church as well as choir members to support the congregation in singing. Mentoring is provided.
Contact: Andrea Novotney at 815-343-7896 or email@example.com
The Resurrection Choir provides music to enhance the funeral liturgies and to provide comfort to the mourners. This choir welcomes all who are available on a short notice. This includes those who are retired, those not working during the day, and those who are able to take time from their work schedule to minister to the grieving. You would not have to be available for all the funerals.
Contact: Margaret Ferry at 608-274-7973 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cantors/Song Leaders are leaders of music at the liturgies when the choirs are not singing. Cantors need to have a solo voice with clear diction and good voice modulation. The cantor who serves the assembly also proclaims the Word of God by singing the responsorial psalm; the cantor and lector are partners in the proclamation of the Scriptures.
Instrumentalists play an important part in the liturgy. There is always a need for organists and others who are proficient on the keyboard. Training for playing at a liturgical service would be available. At times we enhance our musical repertoire with the use of other instruments, such as strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. All instrumentalists are encouraged to volunteer their services so that we know who is available when the need arises.
Singing in choir has deepened my appreciation of the psalms and hymns, which closely follow the scripture readings for the liturgical seasons.Choir Participant
Director of Music
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