“When man comes into contact with God, mere speech is not enough.”
– Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)

When we lift our voices in song to God we find ourselves in good company. The Bible records songs sung by David, Moses, Miriam, Deborah, Isaiah, Simeon, Zechariah, Mary, and even our Lord Jesus Christ. The early Church embraced this musical heritage, enveloping Christian liturgy in song. Over the past two millennia a treasury of sacred song has been cultivated by the Church. The music ministry at St. Paul the Apostle seeks to explore and plunder this great resource, using it to glorify God and build up of his kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.

“Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord.”
–The Apostle Paul

Everyone at St. Paul the Apostle is part of the music ministry. The congregation is the fundamental musical instrument of the Church. Singing together can act as confession, lament, praise, thanksgiving, history telling, exhortation, prayer, and petition. Enabling and encouraging the congregational voice requires leadership, which is the primary function of our Choirs, Cantors, and Instrumentalists.
 

Some of the words members of the choirs use to describe being in the choir:


NOTES from the Director of Sacred Music


WEEKEND MASS CHOIRS

5pm, 9am, and 11am Mass Choirs are open to all singers age 14 and up. The 11am Mass Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings, from 7:00 – 8:30pm. 5pm and 9am Mass Choirs meet one hour before Mass to rehearse. The Choir season runs from Labor Day through May, with a brief January recess. If you would like to join one of our choirs, please contact our Director of Sacred Music, Michael Miller, at mmiller@spagr.org.


CHORISTERS

Choristers is open to singers in grade 3-8 who attend SPA church and/or school. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 3:15-4:45pm from early September to early May. The primary focus of Choristers is to prepare music for one weekend Mass per month, in addition to holiday events, and musical outreach to nearby retirement homes. Choristers receive a well rounded training in vocal technique, musical skills and understanding, music theory and the role of music within the life of the Church. For more information about Choristers, please contact our Director of Sacred Music, Michael Miller, at mmiller@spagr.org. To register your child for Choristers, use the button below and complete our online registration form.


FUNERAL CHOIR

Open to all singers age 14 and up, this ensemble provides musical leadership for Funeral Masses. Rehearsals are one hour before the scheduled funeral time, often in the late morning or early afternoon. To join this ministry, please email our Director of Sacred Music, Michael Miller, at mmiller@spagr.org.


CANTORS

The ministry of Cantor is open to singers with exceptional vocal talent and desire to lead the assembly in psalms and chants. If you are interested in serving in this role, please contact our Director of Sacred Music, Michael Miller, at mmiller@spagr.org.


INSTRUMENTALISTS

The addition of instruments can greatly enhance the beauty of our musical offering. If you are proficient with an instrument and would like to offer your musical talents, please contact our Director of Sacred Music, Michael Miller, at mmiller@spagr.org.

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