Music Ministry

Our Recruiting Message: We need musicians! We ALWAYS need musicians!

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If you have a desire to sing or play at even just ONE Mass, email any of our Music Directors.  See the list to the right.   We can work with you to get you involved! Please be aware that there are two ensembles that require an audition: the A Cappella Choir and the Life Teen Band.

If you just want to see what the music ministry is doing, you can join our email list to get a weekly update on upcoming rehearsals and events. We consider you a part of our ministry if you just READ our emails!!! It's a good way to keep connected with a fun community and perhaps help you find a way of sharing your gifts with the parish community of St. Thomas More.   There are two ways to keep informed: one is to click on one of the Music Ministers names listed to the right on this page and fill out the form.  This will send one of us an email, just mention that you wish to be placed on the Music Ministry email list.   The other way is to sign up for the news feed in this website.

The Music Ministry enhances and supports the Liturgy of the St. Thomas More community. We are composed of many musicians of different backgrounds. Some of us have studied music, some of us are just starting, but we all come together to sing, play, and praise God through music. We try to sing with joy!

There are three main parts of the Music Ministry:

Choirs and ensembles for Saturday and Sunday Masses

Seasonal Choirs for Christmas Eve, Triduum (Holy Week and Easter), and Pentecost

Choirs and ensembles for special services

Choirs and ensembles for Saturday and Sunday Masses

The Saturday 5 p.m. Group sings for the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass, and rehearses on Saturday afternoons.

The STM Choir sings at either the 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Mass on the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month and rehearses weekly on Tuesday Evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Music Room.

The Contemporary Group sings at the 12:30 p.m. Mass and rehearses weekly on Tuesday Evenings in the Church.

The Life Teen Band plays at the 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass. Vocalists rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings, and the band as a whole rehearses weekly on Sunday afternoons in the Church.

The A Cappella Choir sings on the Third Sunday of each month at both the 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Masses. Due to the difficult nature of the music that this group sings, members are selected through auditions. The repertoire ranges from Latin motets by Byrd, Arcadelt and Victoria through more modern choral composers such as Rachmaninov, Bruckner, Vaughn Williams, Stanford, Lauridsen and others. This group rehearses from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Music Room on Tuesday evenings.

The Youth Choir, 8 to 14 years old, sings about once a month at either the 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Mass. This group rehearses on Wednesday afternoons at 5:30 p.m.    We try to match the RE schedule as much as possible, so generally our season starts in September and ends in late April or May.   In 2015 our first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 30th at 5:30pm

Seasonal Choirs

The Christmas Choir prepares for the Christmas Eve concert and Midnight Mass. Rehearsals begin just before Advent. Along with many Christmas favorites, we try to do a master work such as the Christmas Gospel portion of the Messiah or a portion of a Bach Cantata.

The Triduum Choir prepares for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil. Rehearsals begin shortly before Lent begins. Again, we attempt some challenging music. In the past we've done a portion of Vivaldi's Gloria with this choir as well as Worthy Is the Lamb and the Great Amen from the conclusion of Handel's Messiah.

The Pentecost Choir prepares for Pentecost, and rehearses during the latter half of the Easter Season.

The St. Cecilia Choir, for those from 6 to 7 years old, is a seasonal choir that prepares for Christmas and Easter. Rehearsals (4-5 of them for each season) start in Advent and in Lent on Tuesday afternoons at 5:30 p.m.

We also have many instrumentalists involved with our music.    We put together Orchestras for Christmas, Easter and Pentecost, and different instruments play throughout the year.   

Special Services Choirs

The Funeral Choir sings for funerals as they occur.   In general our Funerals are during the week at 10am or 1pm.   Please email the Music Director to be placed on the email list for this choir.

I invite any to come and join us. We have fun, we make music, and we praise God. It's a good combination! Please contact our Music Directors.