On behalf of all the music ministers here at St. Patrick Parish, I want to thank you for being a member of our community and participating in our liturgy. There is always a place for musicians of all skill levels to gather in prayer and enjoy the company of friends. I hope you’ll take the time to listen to our choral and instrumental ensembles here at St. Patrick, and consider joining one yourself. As my violin teacher always told me, “Talent is God’s gift to us. What we do with our talent is our gift to God.”
Director of Music Ministry
Please join us for an upcoming event! High school age through adult singers are invited.
Our Music Ministers
Parish Choir is our largest choir, composed of adults and high-school age students. The Parish Choir (PC) leads the congregation in sung prayer. Our repertoire ranges from early Church music to traditional hymns to contemporary settings. This ensemble sings most 9:45am masses at Crane Rd., but occasionally rotates to other Mass times, including Midnight Mass, the Easter Triduum, and special feasts.
Rehearses Thursdays at Crane Rd., 7-8:30pm. Click here for the 2018-19 PC season schedule.
Schola is a small ensemble of advanced vocalists that sings on special feasts and in conjunction with the Parish Choir. Schola (SC) sings challenging repertoire ranging from early polyphony to Gregorian chant, as well as modern choral works. Excellent music reading skills are required; please contact Cyndee to schedule an audition.
Rehearses Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm, in preparation for major feasts (not all year round). Click here for the 2018-19 SC season schedule.
Youth Choir and Ensemble is for students in grades 8-12, both vocalists and instrumentalists. The ensemble leads the congregation and learns additional contemporary and instrumental works to contribute to the liturgy. Youth Choir and Ensemble (YCE) performs twice monthly. Click here for the 2018-19 YCE season schedule.
Children’s Choir is for students in grades 3-8 who love to sing! All children are welcome: participants need not have previous musical experience or be members of Religious Education. The Children’s Choir (CH) sings twice monthly through Christmas, then on Easter and Mother’s Day. Rehearsals take place 45 minutes before the beginning of Mass, with additional evening rehearsals before Christmas. Click here for the 2018-19 CH season schedule.
Cantors and Psalmists are the leaders of sung prayer at Mass, inviting the community to participate in the liturgy. When a choir is present, the cantor may announce hymns and sing some verses alone, but with nine weekend Masses, the cantor often leads the congregation alone with the organist. The Psalmist proclaims the psalm in between readings, and may be the same vocalist as the cantor or a different one. Because the psalm is part of the Scriptures, it is proclaimed from the Ambo just like the other readings.
Cantors and Psalmists need to have excellent vocal skills as well as a profound prayer life, with a graciousness that welcomes all present to participate. These vocalists should be committed to preparing for their duties both musically and prayerfully, with steady nerves and an ardent desire to elevate the singing of the community to the highest level of prayer.
St. Patrick Orchestra is an ensemble of skilled instrumentalists who support the congregation for Christmas, Easter, and other major feasts. As many arrangements performed are originals, nearly all instrumentalists are welcome upon successful audition. Members should have studied their instrument for at least three years and be able to play all two-octave scales.
Learn about St. Patrick’s Casavant Organ.
Join an Ensemble
We are always happy to add new members to each of our choirs and instrumental ensembles! Visit the Music Calendars and Schedules page for more detail about when each of our choirs rehearses and sings. Follow the links below to register for an ensemble:
To ask questions about any of our ensembles, contact the Director of Music Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org.