On behalf on St. Joseph's parish community, I invite you to consider participating in one of our fine and fun musical ensembles. We have people involved from ages 9 to nearly 90, including parishioners of all different musical levels and backgrounds. Each of the groups has a slightly different time commitment, ranging from weekly to just once a month. I think you would find that all of our musical ensembles are rewarding experiences in their own right, as well as being valuable ministries to the wider parish community. Please read below to learn more about the possibilities!
Doug Schneider - Director of Sacred Music
The Gregorian Schola assists at the monthly Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite, or Traditional Latin Mass, among other liturgical services. Besides singing primarily Gregorian Chant, this schola’s repertoire includes music of composers such as Palestrina, Victoria, and Lassus. The schola, conducted by Ray Fordyce, currently rehearses each Monday from 5:15-6:30 PM.
Saint Joseph's Ensemble
This ensemble of vocalists and instrumentalists provides music at the 8:30 AM Sunday Mass throughout the year. Music is largely drawn from various current composers such as John Becker, Bernadette Farrell, Steve Angrisano, and Matt Maher. Rehearsals are currently on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 7:30-9:00 PM.
Saint Joseph’s Choir
This choir sings weekly at the 10 AM Mass (with the exception of the summer months), as well as the Christmas Midnight Mass and various Holy Week Masses. Repertoire includes the sacred music of composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM.
We sing once a month at the 4:30 Saturday Vigil Mass, and practice once a month from 3:00 to 4:30 immediately prior to the Vigil Mass. This group could be an excellent fit for those women not able to commit to a weekly choir rehearsal schedule! We sing chant, hymns, and pieces specifically written for a choir of women’s voices.
We sing once a month at the 4:30 Saturday Vigil Mass, and practice once a month from 3:00 to 4:30 immediately prior tot the Vigil Mass. This group could be an excellent fit for those men not able to commit to a weekly choir rehearsal schedule! We sing chant, hymns, and pieces specifically written for a choir of men’s voices.
This choir, conducted by Shaelyn Schneider, is open to St. Joseph’s school and parish children in grades 3-8; we rehearse on Thursday afternoons during the school year from 3:05-4:05. Every month we sing at two Wednesday 8:30 AM school Masses, as well as one parish weekend Mass. Space is limited to 35 students, by audition.
Cantors, organists, instrumentalists
Those vocalists and organists who have the ability to help lead the congregation assist at various Masses each week. Potential cantors, organists, and other instrumentalists are invited to contact Doug Schneider for more information.