St. Joseph Church Choir
St. Joseph Catholic Church Choir rehearses once a week on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM. The choir sings monthly at one of the weekend Masses. In addition, the choir sings at Holy Day Masses throughout the liturgical year and for occasional invitational events. We are excited to go caroling in December along with students and parishioners.
For those interested in joining, the choir sings the antiphons of the Mass and sacred music such as hymns, polyphonic motets and chant. Reading music is helpful, but not required. New members should plan on rehearsing weekly with the choir and may join the ensemble for Choir Masses when musically ready.
For those interested in being a cantor, individual auditions will be scheduled. Cantors are also expected to be active members in the choir, attending cantor practice, choir rehearsals and Choir Masses.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q.) I don’t know how to read music but I love to sing! Can I still participate?
A.) Please come and join us.
Q.) I have never sung in harmony. Is that a problem?
A.) Many of our members began with similar skills. Rehearsals will present, practice and prepare you for everything you need to be successful. Please come and join us.
Q.) Antiphons are new to me. What are they? Where can I find them? Are they difficult?
A.) The antiphons are new for many of us. They are the psalm verses and sentences that form part of the liturgy and have been present in the liturgy for centuries. They are first of the “options” for music in the Roman liturgy. You can find them in your missal. They are recited in “said” Masses and sung in place of hymns, or with hymns in sung Masses. Often, we sing versions which are very easy to learn. As we improve, we’ll begin singing more difficult ones.
Q.) My child and I really want to sing. Can we both join?
A.) Yes! The choir is accepting new members: adults and young people (grades 3 and older).
Q.) I heard you have a choir that sings for Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Can I join?
A.) If you are interested in singing for the Schola Sancti Joseph, please contact Anne Marie Donlon: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anne Marie Donlon, Choirmaster & Organist
Telephone: 804.733.3115, ext. 15