Children, teens and adults who possess a pleasant and blending singing voice are welcome to join one of our choirs. An ability to read music is helpful, but not required.
English Choirs: Members of this choir can sing at the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturdays or the7:30 am, 10:30 am and 12:00 pm Masses on Sundays. (On the third Sundays of the month at our 12 pm Mass, we invite a Filipino Choir to sing one or two Tagalog hymns at this Mass.)
Spanish Choir: This choir sings the 1:30 pm Mass on Sundays. Fluency in Spanish is recommended, as the entire Mass is celebrated in Spanish.
Cantorum: The Cantorum is a newly formed music ministry ensemble that sings for special Masses and liturgies, offering worship through traditional Catholic hymns, anthems and other liturgical music in Latin and English. This choir is the only vocal ensemble at St. Raymond that requires a vocal audition.
Children’s Choir: Children who join sing for the Mass at 9:00 am Mass on Sundays. Students from Kindergarten through 6th grade are welcome to join.
Youth Choir: Young adults are invited to sing at the 6:00 pm Mass on Sunday evenings. Membership is open to all students from 7th grade through college.
➔ For those who are not singers, we offer the following:
Bell Choir: Our handbell ensemble rehearses periodically in the fall and spring in preparation for Christmas and Easter Masses. All are welcome to join and learn how to play in this unique ensemble. Basic music reading skills are very helpful.
Instrumentalists who have reasonable experience and can demonstrate a proficiency on their instrument, are invited to play at one of our Masses. Attendance at monthly rehearsals and an ability to prepared and play consistently at Mass is essential. Please set up an appointment to audition if you are interested.
|Music Ministry Rehearsal Schedule|
|English Choirs||Wednesday: 7:00pm – 9:00pm|
|Spanish Choir||Thursday: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm|
|Cantorum||One Friday or Sunday evening per month.|
|Youth Choir||Sunday: 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm (before 6 pm Mass)|
|Children’s Choir||Wednesday: 4:30pm – 5:40 pm|
|Bell Choir||As needed. (Usually six weeks prior to Christmas & Easter)|
|Cantors||As needed. (Cantors must sing with one of the choirs)|
All members of our Music Ministry choirs are required to attend weekly rehearsals throughout the school year. Although most of our members are not trained musicians, we strive for beauty and quality, and in doing so, offer our “first fruits” to God at every Mass and liturgy.
For more information about joining one of our choirs or being an instrumentalist for one of our Masses, please contact Rob Lappa, St. Raymond Director of Music at 925-574-7447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic Music Resources:
Musica Sacra – Resources for Catholic Music from the Church Music Association of America.
Sancta Missa – Tutorial on the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Mass.
Catholic Sacred Space – Traditional Catholic Music. ♪♪ – Listen.
Gregorian Chant – The ancient and timeless music of the Catholic Church. ♪♪ – Listen.
KLOVE – Contemporary Christian Music. ♪♪ – Listen.