If you are interested in joining any of these groups, or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Director of Sacred Music Jerome Cole:
The St. Joseph Adult choir is open to anyone high-school age and older. Repertoire includes a wide range of styles and periods from chant and polyphony through the classical repertoire and contemporary American composers. This Choir sings at the 9:15 a.m. liturgy on Sundays from Labor Day through Corpus Christi, and rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.. Additionally, the Adult choir holds several social events throughout the year, and will occasional travel to other churches to perform. Tentative singers with little experience should have no fear of joining; the director loves to teach!
The St. Joseph polyphony choir is a sub-group within the Adult choir which exists to allows interested musicians to sing more difficult repertoire with as much excellence and musicianship as they are willing to work to achieve. Repertoire includes pieces such as Gibbons’ “O Lord, Increase My Faith,” and Byrd’s Ave Verum Corpus.” Some experience and sight-reading ability are very useful, but attention to detail and desire for excellence are even better. Most important of all are a positive attitude, a love of beautiful music, and a desire to praise God through harmony.
The St. Joseph Schola is open to anyone high-school age and older. Repertoire includes chants from the Graduale Romanum (The official “music book” of the Church), as well as hymns, and some polyphony. This group sings every other week for the 11:15 a.m. Sunday Mass. Rehearsal is Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the choir loft. This group is great for anyone who has had exposure to chant, but especially for those who want to learn!
High-School Choir (grades – 9-12)
Junior High Choir (grades 6-8)
Children’s Choir (grades 3-5)
The children’s Choir is open to all children in 3rd – 8th grade. The season begins in October and ends with Easter. Rehearsals Fall of 2019 will be on Thursdays, 3:15-4pm, and the children will perform at Mass once a month. Possibility of also doing some pieces with hand-bells, if interest is expressed. A two-fold purpose exists to train the kids both musically and liturgically/spiritually (and to have fun!).
Young Children’s Choir (K-2)
This ministry is open to anyone high-school age and older who wants to serve as a leader in congregational song. This is an important ministry helping to facilitate the active participation of the faithful. Cantors must be able to read music, take direction, and serve confidently in their leadership role. Cantors attend a quarterly training session. If you have any experience in cantoring, or are interested in beginning, do not hesitate to join!
Our parish is always looking for talented musicians for weekend liturgies. High-school and college age young adults who want to share their amazing talent with the church are especially welcome. All instruments welcome: brass, woodwinds and strings. If time is a restriction, consider volunteering your talents at Christmas and Easter when instruments are especially needed.