Music at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
11:00 am Parish Choir
Singing throughout the academic year, this Choir ministers weekly at the 11:00 am Mass, major feast days, and performs two to three concerts throughout the year. Blessed to have over five music majors in its ranks, this choir is a non-audition choir, and many more actively studying voice. Though no audition, there is a voice check, simply to see where your voice will best fit among the other up to 30 voices. Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights in the choir from 7:00-9:00 pm.
Ability to read music, having previous choral experience, and being amiably flexible are all preferred qualities, but by no means mandatory. This choir has members of all abilities, experiences, and backgrounds. We can also proudly say we are a choir that is multigenerational, multicultural, and accepting of all. The music we sing is standard SATB hymnody, polyphony and chant, as well as freshly composed music.
5:00 pm and 9:00 am – various vocal ensembles
Usually with a primary cantor, these two Masses general have anywhere from two to five singers at any given Mass on Sundays and on Feast Days. Many singers, particularly those wishing to integrate slowly, find these masses a good fit for you do not have to sing on a microphone if you do not wish. Part singing is encouraged when possible and tasteful, but it is by no means necessary. As with the 11:00 am choir, admittance to sing at either of these masses do not require an audition but do require a meeting with the director and a simple voice check. Wednesday rehearsals are strongly encouraged, though not required. Practice for these two Masses will always be 30 minutes prior to the beginning of Mass.
Noon Mass Schola
Comprised of parishioners and those who attend the noon weekday Mass regularly or periodically. They provide unobtrusive vocal music during the noon Mass, particularly during the offertory and communion procession. They also assist in singing Benediction just before Mass begins. Rehearsals are dependent upon the availability of its members.
Cantors, stemming from our Jewish heritage, proclaim the Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel Acclamation. Today, cantors do that but also assist to encourage congregational singing. Cantors generally have musical experience, are self-motivated, learning much of the music on their own and coming to Mass prepared. Given the soloistic nature of Cantors and their duties, audition is required.
Eternal Rest Choir
This choir sings at funerals of our beloved parishioners. Generally speaking, funerals are at 10:00 am. Rehearsal is one hour before Mass begins. All are welcome to join. One is put onto a mailing list and notified as soon as a funeral is scheduled. If you can make it great and if you cannot, we hope you might in the future.
One may sit upstairs during any mass: 5:00 pm, 9:00 am or 11:00 am. To get a ‘feel’ for choir.
We encourage recruitment! If you hear someone singing well, ask them to consider Music Ministry
Some Wednesdays or Sundays are just impossible, and we understand!
Has anyone ever told you that you cannot sing? They were wrong.
Our Ministry ardently promotes the arts, social justice causes, and welcoming of all.
Dr. Adam Thomé