"Among the many signs and symbols used by the Church to celebrate its faith, music is of preeminent importance. Music should assist the assembled believers to express and share the gift of faith that is within them and to nourish and strengthen their interior commitment of faith. The quality of joy and enthusiasm which music adds to community worship cannot be gained in any other way.... Music can also unveil a dimension of meaning and feeling, a communication of ideas and intuitions which words alone cannot yield." (MCW 23-24)
Ministers of Music at the Cathedral of St. Mary--whether they be cantors, organists, instrumentalists, choir directors, choir members of all ages, soloists, or those in ensembles--are committed to excellence, to fostering not only a sense of mystery and awe in worship but also a sense of joy. There are a number of opportunities offered at the Cathedral for people to share their musical gifts and thus to respond to the call to serve the church. Talent shared and the gift of music, both given and received, enrich the lives of all who worship.
Contact the Director of Music Ministry for more information.
Explanation of Mass Setting for Lent
As we journey through the Lenten season, we will be singing the Greek “Kyrie “ beginning on the 1st Sunday of Lent. The Kyrie can be found in the green breaking bread hymnal, #839. The cantor will lead the assembly in chanting the “Kyrie” after the recitation of the Confiteor (“I confess to almighty God…”) and the prayer of absolution.
Other parts will include from the green breaking bread hymnal:
#9 pg. 12 Holy English chant
#12 pg. 16 Save us Savior of the world….
#14 pg. 28 Lamb of God
Here is the link to listen to these parts.... http://bit.ly/2m32oZo select from the list “congregational”, click on “play” or download under each listing. Enjoy. These parts can be sung acapella or with light accompaniment. Your active participation is encouraged.
Opportunities for music ministry:
Children's Choir: The children’s choir is for children in grades 3 through 8. The choir meets each Wednesday from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in Hartmann Hall and sings for Mass once per month. For more information contact Patrick at the parish office.
Young Person's Choir: open to Catholic and non-Catholic youth that respect the Catholic liturgy as well, and you do not have to be a cantor to participate. The Young Person's Choir is for all youth in grades 9-12 and all college students too. Repertoire will include a mixture of contemporary and traditional hymns and may include an anthem or two for each Mass. Students should be a member of one of the choirs at school.
Young Person's Orchestra: open to Catholic youth or non-Catholic youth that respect the Catholic liturgy as well, and we are calling for violin, flute, guitar, cello, oboe, keyboard, clarinet, trombone, drums, viola and trumpet players especially in grades 9-12 and all college students as well. Students need to be enrolled in one of the music classes at school and receive a recommendation letter from their teacher. A simple audition will include performing one music selection of the students choice.
Saturday / Sunday 5:15 Mass: If you are interested in singing or playing an instrument in a folk group on Saturday or with either Ellen Olsen's group or the Damian Aldana's Music Group at the 5:15 p.m. Mass, please call Patrick Stolz at 635-9261 ext. 2021 for more information on how to become a member.
Mixed Schola Cantorum Sancta Maria: This group sings music in Gregorian chant style and includes polyphonal singing in Latin and English. A lot of the music is sung acapella. The group sings on the third Sunday of each month at the 9a.m. with the Adult Choir. For information call Patrick Stolz at 635-9261 ext. 2021. The rehearsal is the Wednesday prior to the 3rd Sunday, starting September 14th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Mary Music Room. This group involves an audition for new members.
Youth Cantor Training: for students in grades 11 and 12 who are Catholic and have either completed training previously at St. Mary's school under the direction of Patrick Stolz and would like to begin cantoring in the fall OR who are interested in cantoring without any previous training. Also accepted in the training would be students in grades 9 and 10 who may have cantored before. Cantors would be a part of a young person's choir.
The Adult Choir: sings at the 9:00 a.m. Mass from the week after Labor Day to Pentecost Sunday and sings for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and several other Masses throughout the year. Rehearsal is Wednesday evening beginning September 7 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the music room at the Cathedral of St. Mary. There is no audition required for this group. The group sings a wide variety of repertoire spanning the long traditions of the Catholic church. For information please call Patrick Stolz at 635-9261 ext. 2021.
Wedding/Funeral:Let us know if you are a musician that is available to sing for weddings or funerals so we can add your name to our list. To sign up, please call Patrick Stolz at 635-9261 ext. 2021.
Cantor Training for adult Catholics please call Patrick Stolz at 635-9261 ext. 2021
Upcoming Spring 2017 - Cantor training school workshop for grades 4 - 8 students from the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Mary's Catholic School.