Monday, November 05, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Monday, April 18, 2011
I came to St. John's this morning knowing (as usual) that I would participate in an appropriately solemn liturgy for Passion Sunday; I was not disappointed. I came to church this morning in a bad mood and left quite edified. Kudos to all of you for a most effective liturgical ministry! LP
The choir did an outstanding job on the anthems at both offertory and communion; the hymn choices for the day were "just what the doctor ordered." As usual, the canting was next to perfect (O.K., 'cause only GOD is perfect). PL
I have nothing but praise to offer for today's profound liturgy at 9:30 a.m. From the procession with palms to the doors of the church, the ceremony was not only lovely but reverent. (There IS a change in the tide: The congregation moved silently and reverently from the blacktop to the church.) PG
The chanted account of the Lord's passion was marvelous; I haven't experienced that since I was a Dominican friar. RD
Monday, February 22, 2010
The first is to understand that singing in the choir is Stewardship. Yes, singing in the choir is a wonderful way to express your Stewardship to our Lord. It requires time, commitment, and sacrifice.
Part of the sacrifice involves the willingness to learn and be open to new adventures.
Fundamental to singing is … the ability to
--learn your voice part and sing it independently
--blend your voice with others in your section
--be present and willing to learn
At each rehearsal we incorporate learning how to sing and how to read music as a part of the weekly routine, including the above fundamentals. We have welcoming and friendly singers who are experienced in singing and reading music and are always ready to help their neighbors as we rehearse. What is so great about this program is that we offer free music education.
Secondly, the unity of the Church can be expressed in the unity of the choir when it strives for pitch accuracy, beautiful and blended tone, well-supported breath, and proper diction and unified vowels, moving as one great voice.
These are all layers or levels of music that we strive for during the weekly rehearsal. It is very rewarding and fulfilling.
Because it is important that the anthem be well prepared for each Sunday, it is expected that all members of the choir make a sacrifice to be present at the Thursday rehearsal and Sunday Mass.
Sunday warm-ups and rehearsal for Mass begin at 9:15 a.m. in the church choir loft
Thursday rehearsals are held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with designated sectional starting at 6:30 p.m. in the music room of the Parish Hall