ST. MARY MUSIC MINISTRIES
St. Mary Parish offers 8 distinct volunteer Music Ministries to allow anyone to participate in some way in the music of the mass. There are ministries for all ages and abilities, and for vocalists, instrumentalists, and even non-musicians. Aside from providing music for Sunday and Holy Day liturgies, the Music Ministries also provide an annual Christmas concert for the parish.
Adult vocalists of all ages and abilities who sing at the weekly 10:00am Sunday Masses and during special Holy Day masses (September - June). Rehearsals are held every Thursday from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the church.
Teens, ages 13-18, who sing at once-monthly 11:30 a.m. Teen Masses and during special Holy Day masses
(September - May). Rehearsals are held every Thursday from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the church.
Children, ages 7-12, who sing at once-monthly 11:30 a.m. Children's Masses as well as other Holy Day masses and special youth events. (September - May) Rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 4:00pm - 5:00pm in the music office in the rectory.
Vocalists who sing at funeral and memorial masses. This is an "on call" ministry, where members come when they are able to any funeral masses held at the church. Rehearsals are held immediately before each mass.
Vocalists who lead the assembly in song during masses year-round. Cantors participate in one individual rehearsal with the Music Director before each mass and must be able to read music. Several months' participation in the Adult Choir is strongly encouraged before pursuing this ministry.
The parish's intermediate/advanced instrumental ensemble, which performs at Christmas, Easter, and during the Annual Summer Session for Instrumentalists. Approximately four rehearsals and a few sectional rehearsals take place before each performance.
Soloists who add musical interest to the mass by playing harmonies to the music sung by the choir or cantor.
Volunteers who maintain the parish's musical resources. This group meets occasionally throughout the year as needed.
New members are always welcome in all of our Music Ministries!
Contact: Elizabeth Trainer Famularo, Director of Music
(860) 666-1591 ext. 6