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Music Ministry

 

 

Director of Music Ministries

Michael Zappala

mzappala.swcc@gmail.com

860-528-8288 ext. 101

 

Ways to Get Involved

CHORAL ENSEMBLES

The Adult Choir is the primary vocal ensemble at Saint Francis. Participating in the weekly liturgies, the Adult Choir sings on a rotating, bi-weekly schedule, alternating between all of the Mass times during Ordinary Time, Advent, Lent, and Easter. This ensemble rehearses on Thursday evenings, with an occasional Sunday afternoon rehearsal.

The Festival Chorus Nativitatus is an extension ensemble consisting of members of the Adult Choir and any parishioners who cannot commit to a regular schedule but want to be a part of the choral music ministry. The ensemble prepares music for the “Midnight” Christmas Eve Mass at SFA as well as a Christmas Concert Performance in the beginning of January. The Festival Chorus Nativitatus rehearses on Sunday Mornings and Afternoons throughout November, December and early January.

The Festival Chorus Pascha is another extension ensemble consisting of members of the Adult Choir and any parishioners who cannot commit to a regular schedule but want to be a part of the choral music ministry. This ensemble prepares music for the Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday liturgies as well as an Easter Concert.

INSTRUMENTALISTS

Many of our parishioners are gifted with the ability to play instruments, ranging from professionals to amateurs studying their instruments. The music ministry is always looking for volunteers who are willing to donate their time and talents to serve the church. Any parishioners who are musically gifted with the talent of playing an instrument and are interested in sharing their gift with the parish are highly encouraged to contact the music coordinator.

CANTORS

We currently have 5 cantors who serve the parish on a rotating schedule at all the Mass times. Each has a distinct style, each great!

Those interested in learning how to begin the ministry of cantoring are encouraged to contact the Music Coordinator in regard to training. Those interested in training to be a cantor must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Confirmed practicing parishioner of the parish
  • Age 18 or older
  • Has an adequate understanding of liturgy
  • Has a proficient understanding of musical notation and terminology

Cantors in training are required to be active members of the Adult Choir, participating in the various rehearsals and liturgies of the ensemble.

 

 

 

 

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