BELL CHOIR (The Bells of St. Peter’s)
This is our parish hand bell choir that rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the choir loft. We are continually learning and perfecting the various techniques of hand bell playing, and also play at least once per month at a weekend Mass. We can almost always use additional players who have some note reading ability This group keeps busy playing for the parish and the community, haviang performed in a variety of public venues.
The cantors serve as leaders of the responsorial psalm, the gospel acclamation and any other music that requires a leading voice. A cantor must possess a clear and accurate voice and a positive appearance. A cantor is much like a lector only the cantor ministers the sung word of God. One may become a cantor after an interview and audition with the Parish Music Director.
This ensemble accompanies and leads the music for the Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass. This group plays through the entire year with a few weeks of vacation each summer. We have been known to sing for wedding liturgies and other special occasions. We rehearse on Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.
This choir sings for our frequent funeral liturgies. Their singing offers musical leadership and support to those who are mourning the loss of a family member or friend. The choir functions on a rather informal level and rehearses on an “as needed” basis. They maintain a calling list and gather in the choir loft to sing. This ministry serves also as an outlet for maintaining friendship contacts and fellowship.
Anyone who plays a musical instrument competently is invited to share their talents with the parish community. The Parish Music Director will be very interested to meet and talk with you about your talent and where it can be best utilized.
St. PETER’S SCHOLA CANTORUM
A small group of 8 to 12 singers which specializes in the most traditional forms of music in the Church – Chant, Medieval Music, and Renaissance Polyphony – in addition to newer expressions of the Church’s most time-honored hymn and psalm texts. The Schola provides music once a month at special Masses and rehearses on Sundays.
This choir rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the choir loft and sings on Sundays at the 11:30 a.m. Mass. They specialize in 4-part music, classical through contemporary, and welcome singers ages high school through adult. The choir sings for all the major festivals of the church year and presents an annual service of Advent Lessons and Carols and an annual Concert. (Talk to the Parish Music Director about your place in the music ministry.)