Cathedral Choirs

JOIN A CHOIR

The Cathedral of St. John Berchmans has choirs for adults and for children. The Cathedral Choir is open to anyone ages high school and older.  The only requirement is a desire to actively learn more about church liturgy and music.  While it is not necessary to read music, a basic knowledge is a definite advantage.  The Cathedral Choir sings for the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass year-round in addition to various other Holy Days.  With a repertoire spanning Gregorian Chant through the 20th century, the Cathedral Choir offers a rewarding spiritual and musical experience for participants of all skill levels.

Chant Class

For anyone interested in learning more about Gregorian Chant, either for their own personal development or with an interest in auditioning for the Schola Cantorum, an entry level Gregorian Chant class is held on Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  The class is suitable for grade 6 and older; there is no fee.  Depending on interest and ability, the class may periodically sing for weekend Masses.

Cantor Training Program

Any high school student interested in learning more about serving as a cantor for Mass is welcome to enroll in the Cantor Training Program.  Participants work at their own pace and receive training in the theology of the Mass, singing technique, and the logistics of cantoring at the Cathedral.  Following this period of training, participants may be assigned to cantor the 4:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday or the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday.

For more information on the Adult Choirs, click here, and for Youth, click here, or contact Robert Cruz, Cathedral Director of Music, by e-mail at rcruz@sjbcathedral.org or by phone at the Cathedral office, (318) 221-5296.

• Angel Choir ages 4-5
• Cherub Choir grades 1-2
• Treble Choir grades 3 and up
• Schola Cantorum High School through Adults
• Cathedral Choir
• St. Cecilia Choral Society

 

Chant Classes-start September 9.

Notes from the Choir Loft – July 2016

The Cathedral Music Department has entered the 21st Century and is now on Facebook!  Visit (and like!) our official page: @sjbcathedralmusic.  It will have all sorts of up-to-date information about the goings-on in the Music Department.

Rehearsals for the Cathedral Choir will begin on August 17th at 6:30pm. The Cathedral Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm and sings most Sundays of the month at the 11:00am Mass as well as on other feast days.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Robert Cruz.  And if you have young children at home and are considering joining the Cathedral Choir, please let Robert know…there may be childcare options during rehearsals this year!

The Treble Choir will kick off the 2016-2017 season with a retreat onAugust 20th.  Beginning at noon, this will be an exciting afternoon full of rehearsals, games and socializing culminating in participants singing for the 4:00pm Mass, followed by a pizza party and an information meeting for parents.  If you have a student in grades 3 through 8 even remotely interested in joining the Treble Choir, this retreat will be an excellent opportunity to get a taste of what choir is all about before committing. Contact Robert Cruz to register.

The (new) Women’s Schola for ages high school and older rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:00-6:30pm beginning on August 24th.  The groups sings Gregorioan chant as well as music for women’s voices for various masses throughout the year.  This group is ideal for those who are interested in singing but cannot commit to the schedule of the Cathedral Choir.  Previous experience with Gregorian chant is not required, but a basic ability to read music is helpful.  Contact Robert Cruz  for more information or if you have any questions.

The Men’s Schola for ages high school and older rehearses on Wednesdays from 8:00-8:30pm beginning August 24th.  In addition to focusing on Gregorian chant, this group also sings with the Treble Choir at the 11:am Mass once a month.  This group is ideal for those who are interested in singing but cannot commit to the schedule of the Cathedral Choir.  Wile previous experience with Gregorian chant is not required, the large amount of repertoire and brief rehearsal time requires members to be able to read music and spend time outside of rehearsal practicing. Please contact Robert Cruz with any questions.

For our current Mass setting,
click here “Missa de angelis”

 

 

 

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