St. Joseph Catholic Church, Clayton MO

106 N. Meramec Avenue – Clayton MO 63105 – Parish Office (314) 726-1221

Wedding Music Guidelines

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. We are happy that you have chosen St. Joseph Catholic Church for your ceremony. All of the musicians at St. Joseph’s hold advanced degrees in music, and many of our singers also work at the Cathedral Basilica. Our music director and organist, Nori Fahrig, M.M. holds a master’s degree in music and has 20 years of experience as a church musician.

Holy Matrimony is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church and, as such, is to be celebrated liturgically with great dignity and with reverence given the sacred character. ”Thus, it is vital that you select music that is appropriate for liturgical use in the Church. As soon as your wedding date is confirmed by the parish secretary, you should contact Nori Fahrig at for information on choosing your music. She will, with your input and collaboration, have final approval of all musical selections to ensure their liturgical suitability.

Basic guidelines:

1. The organist and cantors on staff at St. Joseph Parish provide the music for our wedding liturgies. If you desire to hire additional instrumentalists (string quartets, etc.), the music director can suggest options from professionals with experience playing sacred music. If you have a family member or friend whom you would like to incorporate into the music at your wedding ceremony, you must arrange this with the music director beforehand. Should you choose not to have the organ played at your wedding (ex. String quartet, family friend) There is an administrative fee charged for time spent arranging, and oversight of the liturgical music.

2. Please contact the Music Director to plan the music at least 4 months prior to the wedding date. This is to ensure that you procure your desired singer and or instrumentalists.

3. The fees for the musicians are not included in the St. Joseph Parish wedding fees. The fee for the organist/music director (which takes into account both her performance on the wedding day and her consultative work prior to the wedding) is $250.00. The fee for a professional cantor is $200.00. If you would like to hire the resident women’s choir Polyhymnia, the cost is $850.00. (This fee includes the organist’s rate as well.) These fees are to be paid directly to the parish office no later than 1 week prior to the wedding ceremony. You may hear samples of the musicians here:

4. The music that you select for your wedding ceremony must be sacred in character and in keeping with the Church’s directives on music in the liturgy. Popular songs, and indeed any type of secular music – even pieces with great sentimental value for the couple – should be reserved for the wedding reception and not used in the liturgical celebration of the sacrament of Matrimony.

Wedding Music List

Wedding Music Request Form