About the Music Program at St. John Neumann|
The arts have long been an integral part and tradition in the life of the Catholic church. As stated by Pope John Paul II "The church needs the arts especially for its liturgy which - all in all - is meant to be a work of art inspired by faith, drawing upon all the creative forces of architecture, sculpture and painting , music and poetry." (12 September 1983) Through the various ministries available in the church, the arts are used to enhance the worship life of the community here at St. John Neumann. In addition to providing music at Mass, we offer occasional concerts which provide an opportunity for the community at large to hear some very fine musical offerings from different artists.
VOCAL MUSIC MINISTRIES:
ADULTS AND TEENS
Cantors (5:00 p.m. Mass Saturday, 7:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, most Summer Masses) Are you the one who starts the singing at family gatherings? You may be an undiscovered cantor. Leading our sung prayer, cantors encourage and inspire congregational singing. Not all cantors are choir members. If you can learn the music on your own and share your talent with others, please audition with the Director of Music.
Festival Choir (9:30 a.m. Mass Sunday) Open to singers of all ages who enjoy sacred music ranging from classical to contemporary, this group rehearses on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the music room. Please meet with the Director for voice placement.
Schola (11:30 a.m. Mass Sunday) Got pipes? This small ensemble of highly skilled vocalists sings a repertoire of Baroque, Renaissance, classical and contemporary styles. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the music room. Please schedule an audition with the Director of Music.
Contemporary Ensemble (5:00 p.m. Mass Sunday) Are contemporary and gospel music your style? If you sing or play an instrument, you may find your niche here. This ensemble rehearses on Sundays from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in the Church. Please contact Paul Hanover, the Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this choir. You may also view the choir website at http://saintjn.org/contempchoir.
Women's Ensemble (5:00 p.m Mass, 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month) If your heart says, "Sing!", but your schedule says, "WHEN????" consider joining this choir of women from high school age on up. Rehearsals are at 3:30 p.m. in the music room, immediately preceding selected Saturday Masses. There may be more frequent rehearsals in the weeks leading up to Christmas and Easter. Please schedule an interview or audition with the Director.
Participating in a children's choir provides an excellent opportunity for children to find a place in the church where they can develop self-expression, leadership qualities, self-discipline, and group disciplines. At the same time, they will enjoy the positive atmosphere of fellowship through liturgical music.
Pre-k – Grade 2 – Tuesdays : 4:00 – 4:30
We may be born with talent, but we have to learn to use it. This choir is primarily for educational purposes. Though not a formal choir, the Angel Choir does have a few opportunities throughout the year to sing at Mass (5:00 Saturday) with the older Children's Choir. Music for this group comprises both fun and serious songs. We will introduce some songs sung at Mass, as well as some just for enjoyment. Rehearsals are in the music room. Please click here to sign-up for this ministry.
Children's Choir - Grades 3-6
(Leads song at the 5:00 p.m. Mass Saturday) Blessing us with their voices on the first and third Saturdays of the month (October through May) and on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday, the Children's Choir rehearses on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the music room. Please click here to sign-up for this ministry.
Youth Choir - Grades 6-8
(5:00 p.m. Mass Saturday) And they just keep getting better! Our generous middle and high school students also offer their time and talent on the first and third Saturdays of each month at the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Rehearsals are prior to Mass on the first and third Saturdays at 3:30pm in the music room. Please click here to sign-up for this ministry.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC MINISTRIES:
Parish Bell Choir: Formed more than ten years ago, our bell choir just keeps on ringing for special liturgies and other events. Open to high school students and adults, rehearsals are on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Please contact the Music Director if interested.
Are you a string or woodwind player who may be interested in playing for the 9:30am or 11:30am Mass but wonder what’s involved? The only rehearsal is thirty minutes before Mass with the choirs. Since the rehearsal time is minimal and there is no separate instruction, the instrumentalists are typically solid readers who are self-sufficient and don’t need much direction. The music office will put a binder together for you each week which you can not only use at Mass, but also pick up earlier in the week for your own practice. Email the Director of Music to schedule an audition.
SOUND SYSTEM MINISTRY:
Do you have a knack for technology and a good ear? If so, you might be an ideal sound mixer for our weekly liturgical services. Training is provided. Please click here to sign-up for this ministry.
Consider joining a Music Ministry at St. John Neumann...
The Music Ministry at St. John Neumann offers you the chance to let the fine arts be a part of your gift to God. Indeed there is a place for all ages to share in the joys of serving God through the arts.
For more information or to join a Music Ministry, call the Music Office at (703) 860-1236.
Director: CJ Capen - extension 352     E-mail: email@example.com
Librarian: Pat Gilbertson - extension 150     E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator of Liturgy: Patty Bartnick - extension 151     E-mail: email@example.com
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