Ave Maria Gratia Plena

Choirs

COVID-19 and Music: When we sing or shout, we expel more air at a further distance than when we talk, thus risking the virus could spread up to 16 feet.  This is why our singing has changed, out of caring and loving for our neighbor as Christ taught us; to diminish the risk of infecting others and ourselves.  It is unknown how long the music within our parish and across the world will be affected.  Thousands of churches have ceased music altogether, so we are glad we can safely incorporate music to enhance the Holy Mass.  Until it is safe for the congregation to sing, music will only be led by a cantor and an accompanist.

 

St. Mary’s weekend liturgies offer varied opportunities for those interested in being part of our music ministry.  

Cantors

Music at the Saturday 4:00pm Mass is usually led by a cantor and accompanied by Mr. Timothy Baker on the 1947 Steinway piano and the historic 1886 Carl Barckhoff organ.  Rehearsal is with the English Choir and Ryan Ward on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00pm in the Pastoral Center and with Mr. Baker at 3:30pm each Saturday before the 4:00pm Mass in the choir loft.  Those in high school and older that can read music and sing solo are welcome!

Contact:  Ryan Ward, Choir Director

English Choir

The Sunday 10:00am Mass is led by the choir and accompanied by Mr. Frank Denaro on the 1947 Steinway piano and the historic 1886 Carl Barckhoff organ.  Rehearsal is on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00pm in the Pastoral Center and Sunday mornings from 9:00 – 9:45am in the choir loft.  Those in high school and older, as well as those who play various instruments are welcome!  The ability to read music is not necessary.

Contact:  Ryan Ward, Choir Director

Spanish Praise Band

Music at the Sunday 12:00pm Mass is led by the Spanish Praise Band, which includes piano, guitar, percussion, and vocals.  Practice is held Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:30pm and Sunday mornings from 11:30 – 11:55am in the choir loft.  Individuals of all ages and various instruments are welcome!

Contact: Miguel Mendez, Praise Band Director