Singing is one of the primary ways that the assembly of the faithful participates actively in the Liturgy. The people are encouraged “to take part by means of acclamations, responses, psalms, antiphons and hymns” The musical formation of the assembly must be a continuing concern in order to foster full, active conscious and active participation. (Sing To the Lord: Music in Divine Worship)
Director of Music and Liturgy: Thomas Bozek, email@example.com
Composed of male and female voices from high school through mature adult, the choir enhances the music at one of the Advent Masses, Christmas Eve Mass and the services of Holy Week and other special occasions throughout the church year. During certain special services, outside professional musicians (instrumentalists) are hired as they together with the choir provide special music for important celebrations. Choir rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings in the choir room. Music reading ability and previous choral experience, while helpful is not necessary to join the choir. Having a pleasant singing voice and being able to match pitch are the most important criteria.
The cantor is both a singer and leader of congregational song. The cantor also serves as the “Psalmist” or “Cantor of the Psalm” and proclaims the psalm after the first reading and leads the gathered assembly in singing the refrain. Those designated for this ministry should possess “the ability for singing and a facility in correct pronunciation and diction while being able to proclaim the texts with clarity, conviction and sensitivity to the text, the musical setting, and those who are listening.” Cantors are scheduled and rehearse around mutually agreed times with the director/organist.
Contemporary Music Ensemble
The Contemporary Music Ensemble is open to vocalists and instrumentalists from 6th Grade to adult. The Contemporary Group rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 – 8:30 pm in the Music Room once a month during the year. The Contemporary Group specializes in traditional hymns, music written by Contemporary artists Marty Haugen and David Haas, as well as Praise & Worship artists, Steve Angrisano, Matt Maher, Michael W. Smith, etc. The Contemporary Group is always looking for new members. No prior experience is necessary but a basic knowledge of music and the ability to match pitch is a requirement.
The Resurrection Choir
“Sacred music has an integral role in the funeral rites, since it can console and uplift mourners while, at the same time uniting the assembly in faith and love. The practice of developing funeral choirs within parish communities should be encouraged. The funeral choir is commonly made up of individuals who tend to be available on weekday mornings and who gather to lend their collective voice in support of the assembly song at the funeral Mass.” (Sing To the Lord, Music in Divine Worship) Here at IHM, we welcome those who may be retired, stay at home parents or have a work schedule conducive to being available during funeral times which are usually either at 9am or 11am. The choir rehearses periodically several times during the year and also provides musical support for the annual All Souls Day Mass of Remembrance.
We welcome individuals who play any instrument to join us as a member of our Contemporary Ensemble or as a solo instrumentalist at various liturgies during the year. If you play an instrument, please contact the music office for more information.
Schantz Pipe Organ
Yamaha Conservatory Grand Piano