Angelic Choirs Rejoice!
“Pray, then, come and join this choir, every one of you; let there be a whole symphony of minds in concert; take the tone all together from God, and sing aloud to the Father with one voice through Jesus Christ...”
-Saint Ignatius of Antioch
Music resounds with the things of God. In song we praise our Creator and Redeemer. The Israelites broke out in song after crossing the Red Sea. Christians, since the very beginning, have praised the risen Lord in music and song. At SMV, we do the same, offering God our very best in sacred music.
The liturgical music used at SMV comes from the best traditions of Anglican and Roman Catholic sources. Anglican Chant and Gregorian Chant are both common in the sung liturgies of the Church Year. The Mass settings also come from the same traditions: Byrd, Tallis, Oldroyd, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Palestrina, Mozart, Hayden, Proulx to name only a few.
The St. Mary Choir could always use a few new voices! The adult choir rehearses regularly on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 9:00, and meets again Sunday mornings at 9:15am for the 10:30am Solemn Mass. Extra rehearsals are a minimum, but they become necessary during especially intensive liturgical seasons such as Christmas and Easter.
We have also begun a Youth Choir, practicing twice a month about an hour each time. This choir is made up of middle school and high school-aged young people. This is a great way for your young person to grow in the faith and to experience the culture and tradition of the Church. Besides singing throughout the liturgical year, this choir is especially used during the major liturgical feasts.
In addition to the vocal musicians, SMV is blessed to have a few very accomplished instrumentalists who are used regularly during major festivals. The music ministry always invites new members either as singers or instrumentalists.
The liturgical music program at SMV is led by the music team of Marion Nesvadba, Director; and Mary Nesvadba, Titular Organist.
For more information, contact Marion Nesvadba.