ST. MARY MUSIC MINISTRIES
St. Mary Parish offers 8 distinct volunteer Music Ministries to allow anyone to participate in some way in the music of the mass. There are ministries for all ages and abilities, and for vocalists, instrumentalists, and even non-musicians. Aside from providing music for Sunday and Holy Day liturgies, the Music Ministries also provide an annual Christmas concert for the parish.
Adult vocalists of all ages and abilities who sing at the weekly 10:00am Sunday Masses and during special Holy Day masses (September - June).
Sings a wide range of music, from traditional to contemporary and everything in between.
Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the church during the choir season.
Teens, ages 13-18, who sing at once-monthly 11:30 a.m. masses and during special Holy Day masses (September - May).
Sings fun, contemporary music that allows teens to express their individual identity within the church.
Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the church during the choir season.
Children, ages 7-12, who sing at once-monthly 11:30 a.m. masses as well as other Holy Day masses and special youth events. (September - May)
Sings classic hymns mixed with fun children's church songs. Rehearsals involve prayer and musical games.
Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 4:00pm - 5:00pm in the music office in the rectory during the choir season.
Vocalists who sing at funeral and memorial masses. This is an "on call" ministry, where members come when they are able to any funeral masses held at the church.
Sings a standard repertoire of classic hymn favorites.
Rehearsals are held immediately before each mass.
Vocalists who lead the assembly in song during masses year-round.
Cantors participate in one individual rehearsal with the Music Director before each mass and must be able to read music and prepare independently.
Several months' participation in the Adult Choir is strongly encouraged before pursuing this ministry.
The parish's instrumental ensemble, which performs at Christmas, Easter, and during the Annual Summer Session for Instrumentalists.
Four or more years of experience on an orchestral or band instrument required. Open to high schoolers, college students, and adults.
Approximately four rehearsals and some sectional rehearsals take place before each performance.
Soloists who add musical interest to the mass by playing harmonies to the music sung by the choir or cantor.
Four or more years of experience on an instrument required. Open to high schoolers, college students, and adults.
Participation in the Chamber Orchestra is strongly encouraged, but not required, before pursuing this ministry.
Volunteers who maintain the parish's musical resources. This group meets occasionally throughout the year as needed.
New members are always welcome in all of our Music Ministries!
Contact: Elizabeth Trainer Famularo, Director of Music
(860) 666-1591 ext. 6