Our main purpose is to lead and inspire the assembly to lift its voice in song and its heart in prayer. As the psalmist admonishes us in Psalm 150: Let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord! Hallelujah!
Your are welcome to join one of our many ensembles as a way to serve The People of God here in our wonderful community
The SJN Chorale is committed to being leaders in sung prayer, by alternating or reinforcing the sacred song of the assembly, or by enhancing it with the addition of a musical elaboration. The SJN Chorale is a four-part choir with its roots dating back to the beginning of the parish. At certain times in the liturgical celebration, the choir alone will sing works whose musical demands enlist and challenge its competence.
The SJN Chorale will have the first rehearsal of the Fall/Winter schedule Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 pm in the Youth Room. Rehearsals will continue every Thursday night as scheduled throughout the season. As Chorale prepares for Advent and Christmas, they will minister each Sunday morning at 10:30 am liturgy, in addition to serving at special liturgical services. The Choir is under direction by Kurt Kulikowski, Director of Music and Liturgy, and accompanied by Joe Moss. New members are welcome and encouraged to join at this time. The Chorale invites any adult with a pleasant singing voice to participate, regardless of musical experience or knowledge. Proper vocal hygiene, effective singing techniques and basic music theory will be taught throughout the year. Sharing in music ministry is a rewarding and prayerful way to serve the church and enrich your faith.
Cantors: While there is no place in the liturgy for display of virtuosity for its own sake, artistry is valued, and the cantor is an individual singer who can effectively lead the assembly, attractively proclaim the Word of God in the psalm sung between the readings, and take his or her part in other responsorial singing. The cantor presents a simple musical setting, with the people taking part, and leads the faithful as far as is needed. The cantor also leads common sacred song and responsorial singing. The cantor is approved and trained by the music director. Meetings: Preparation and Practice times are negotiated between cantor and musical director. Vocal experience and music reading skills are necessary.