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.  We have choirs and ensembles for various ages to help lead our assembly in prayer. I hope you’ll take the time to listen to these 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 that talent is our gift to God.”

In Christ’s Peace,
Cyndee Zbylut
Director of Music Ministry

Join us on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Church  for thirty minutes of beautiful Taize music with choir and instruments. At 7:00 p.m., we will pray the Stations of the Cross.

We sing the Lord, Have Mercy in Greek during Lent (Kyrie, eleison.) You can listen to a recording here and the music is #169 in Gather.

Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) – During Lent we are singing the Lamb of God in Latin. You can listen here. The music is at #313B in the Gather Hymnal.

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 at the 9:45am and 10:30am Masses. They also lead the Music Ministry at Midnight Mass, the Easter Triduum, and for special feasts. Please contact Cyndee to schedule a meeting if you are interested.

Rehearses Thursdays at Crane Rd., 7:00 p.m. 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). 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) ministers via music 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.  The Children’s Choir (CH) at the 3:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass at Crane Rd.

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 in English, 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:

Parish Choir, Schola, or Youth Choir and Ensemble

Children’s Choir

Cantor or Instrumentalist

To ask questions about any of our ensembles, contact the Director of Music Ministry at music@stpatrickparish.org.