We have a dedicated team of musicians who help enhance and encourage our prayer and worship together. Opportunities are available for singers as a Parish Cantor/Psalmist, as a member of the STA Parish Choir, the STA Spanish Choir, and the Choir of St. Ambrose Academy. We are always looking for dedicated instrumentalists to share their talents with us too. Audition times are available by contacting contact Greg, the Director of Music Ministries. We hope that you will consider joining our talented group of musicians!
The cantor’s function is to lead and encourage the congregation in singing. In preparation for the liturgical celebration, the cantor may introduce and teach new music to the people. Cantors lead the music at every celebration at St. Thomas Aquinas, often in small groups. They are our song leaders, animators, and psalmists.
The psalmist has the special task of drawing all present into the proclamation of the word of God in the psalm by introducing the psalm responses and Alleluia or Gospel Acclamation and by singing the verses of the Responsorial Psalm and the Alleluia and Gospel verses. The psalmist may also introduce all antiphons and sing the verses of the psalms used. The role of the psalmist and cantor may be carried out by the same person.
The piano, organ, and other instruments not only support and encourage participation through song but also, in their own right, can powerfully assist contemplation and express praise and a variety of human feelings before God. Even at celebrations when no choir sings, musical participation can be ensured by an instrumentalist and one or more cantors. Especially through responsorial singing, they can draw the people into singing together.
All Choirs are Liturgical:
The choir remains at all times a part of the gathered assembly. It can serve that assembly by leading it in sung prayer and by reinforcing or enhancing its singing — for example, by sharing the singing of the verses or sections of a hymn or song, alternately, by introducing a sung response or antiphon; or through harmonizing or elaborating in other ways. The choir may appropriately sing alone more elaborate music — for example, a prelude before Mass begins or an anthem after communion — that can aid the prayerful reflection of the congregation.
STA Parish Choir:
The STA Liturgical Choir sings weekly at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. In addition, this group sings for evening Holy Day Masses, Midnight Mass, Triduum, Confirmation, and other Liturgical Celebrations during the Church Year. This choir sings from September through May each year, and sings a wide variety of congregational music as well as a varied repertoire of well-composed choral music. This choir is open to students (grade 7 and up) and adults. Rehearsals are every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The STA Choristers sing monthly at the 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass. In addition, this group has the opportunity to sing for other celebrations, including Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve Masses. This choir sings from September through May each year, and sings a wide variety of congregational music as well as a varied repertoire of well-composed choral music written specifically for children and youth. This newly formed choir is open to students (grades 4 and up). Rehearsals are most often on Wednesday from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
STA Spanish Choir:
The STA Spanish Choir sings weekly at 6:30 p.m. Sunday Mass. This choir joins the STA Liturgical Choir for bilingual celebrations throughout the Liturgical Year. This choir sings year round and is open to students (grade 7 and up) and adults. Rehearsals are on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. before Mass.
St. Ambrose Academy – Choir:
The St. Ambrose Academy – Choir is open to students who attend St. Ambrose Academy. Rehearsals are during the school day, and the choir sings for Mass on Friday mornings at 8:30 a.m. throughout the school year.
Excepts taken from “Introduction to the Order of Mass: A Pastoral Resource of the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy”