The primary music makers for the sacred liturgy are all of us, the gathered assembly. Together we unite our voices (whether we think we have good ones or not!) in the hymns, songs, responses, and other music of the liturgy. We are called, by our baptism, to “full, conscious, active participation” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy) at all liturgical celebrations. When we all raise our voice in song together at mass, think of what a powerful prayer experience that is! Please consider being an instrumentalist or joining one of our choirs.
Parish Choir—The Parish Choir supports the worshipping assembly weekly at the Sunday 11:15am liturgy, September through May. It is also the main choir for Midnight Mass and Holy Week celebrations. Aside from the regularly planned songs and responses, this choir presents a wide range of musical repertoire of varying styles and difficulty. Rehearsals of the Parish Choir take place in the church on Wednesday nights from 7:00-9:00pm, and on Sunday mornings before mass at 10:45am. Membership is open to all adults and high school teens who feel the call to serve God and this faith community through sung praise and prayer. The Parish Choir will start rehearsals on Wednesday, September 4th in the church. We will begin singing at mass on Sunday, September 8th.
Part-time Choir—The Part-time choir is open to all who are interested in praising God through singing and/or playing an instrument on a once-a-month basis. The Part-time Choir ministers at the 9:30am liturgy normally on the second Sunday of every month year round, unless otherwise noted. Rehearsals take place from 7-9pm on the Thursday night before the second Sunday of the month. September’s rehearsal and mass will be on Thursday, September 5th and Sunday, September 8th.
Instrumentalists—Many devoted instrumentalists volunteer their time and talent in service of the liturgy at St. Raymond. The Instrumentalists are responsible for much of the unique “sound” of our liturgies have become known for. Instrumentalists can include rhythm section instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and percussion as well as melody instruments such as flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, etc… A moderate to high level of proficiency is required in order to serve in this ministry, including the ability to read music and/or chord symbols.
Children’s Choir—The Children’s Choir is the mainstay of our popular first Sunday of the month Family Mass which takes place October through June at the 9:30am liturgy. The Children’s Choir is made up of boys and girls in grades two through six and provides opportunity for developing musical skills and liturgical understanding through upbeat, spiritual music and frequent participation at masses. The Children’s Choir will also sing for the Christmas Eve 3pm and Easter Sunday 9:30am Family Masses. For those in grades 4-6, there will be opportunities to begin learning the fundamentals of cantoring through a mentoring process which will lead to real life experience at the cantor podium! Rehearsals of the Children’s Choir take place on designated Monday afternoon’s from 4:00-5:00pm in church. The first rehearsal will be on Monday, September 16th.
Teen Choir—The Teen Choir is open to anyone in grades 7-12 (gals and guys!) and ministerson the 4th Sunday of the month at the 9:30am liturgy during the school year. The group will learn and perform more advanced liturgical music repertoire in a variety of styles, with emphasis on four part harmony. They will also be opportunities to begin training as cantors through a mentoring process and semi-regular cantor/solo assignments during liturgies as the year progresses. The Teen Choir also sings for the Christmas Eve 4:00pm Mass. Rehearsals take place in the church from 4-5pm on the two Tuesdays before the 4th Sunday. The first rehearsal for this group with be on Tuesday, September 10th and its first mass is on Sunday, September 22nd.
For further information about the Parish Choir, Part-time Choir, Cantors, Instrumentalists, and Teen Choir, please email Brian Fife at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (847) 253-8600 x136.
For further information about the Children’s Choir, please email Lucie Kreidler at email@example.com or call at (847) 342-1975.
PLEASE NOTE: All adults (18 yrs or older) must complete Virtus Training and be compliant with all steps of Protecting God’s Children within 3 months of participation in the music ministry.