Music is an integral component of our liturgical celebrations. The Liturgical Music Program offers a diversity of styles and repertoire from the Catholic Church’s ever-expanding treasury of sacred music. There are opportunities for soloists, instrumentalists and music ministers in a number of ensembles.
The various St. Damian Music Ministries encourage and engage the congregation, inspiring them through instruments and voices to sing prayerfully and enthusiastically in praise and thanksgiving. You can view a sample of each choir by clicking on it's title. To join any of the music ministries described below, contact Tony Berardi (Music Ministry Director) at 687-9532 to explain your specific interests and talents.
Clicking on the following titles will lead you to a sample video:
These are the singers (soloists) who enjoy and are proficient at leading the assembly in song at Mass. The cantors are dedicated and talented individuals who love to sing and want to inspire those around them to praise the Lord in song.
This versatile choir focuses on traditional as well as contemporary sacred music. This group is an SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) choir that masters liturgical arrangements in four-part harmony. They also enjoy giving traditional music a somewhat more contemporary flair. Typically, Celebration Singers sing at the Saturday 5:00 PM Mass, or at the 11:00 AM Mass on the third Sunday of the month. Rehearsals are mandatory, and are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of month at 7:30 PM in Church, and on the first and third Saturday mornings of the month at 9:00 AM in the Aula.
Voices of Prayer
This adult choir is an enthusiastic, spirit-filled group of people. They epitomize the view that singing is a form of worship that is contagious and joyful. At the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass, the Voices of Prayer often lead and encourage the congregation to join the choir in song throughout the Mass. Rehearsals are typically held every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM in the Church.
This small choral group sings for funeral Masses, Holy Days and special celebrations. It is dedicated to helping others during their time of grief. Even if you work Monday through Friday, but are available on Saturday morning, please consider joining this important choir.
St. Damian School Choir
Through the Youth Choir, students in 4th -8th grade, receive training in basic music theory and choral performance. By developing musical skills and performing in public, the children acquire poise, increased self-esteem and an understanding that discipline and hard work bring rewards. The choir rehearses after school at 3:15 on Wednesdays, and sings at School Masses Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am, as well as on special Sundays in the Church. Mrs. Lynn Kingsbury is the Choir Director.
The presence of instruments within the liturgy adds another dimension to our celebrations. Each member learns their own music individually, and is available to combine with others for rehearsals when appropriate. Basic knowledge of his own instrument, the ability to read music and a dedication to practice are important attributes of an instrumentalist. Instrumentalists may play as soloists or ensemble members.