The Music Ministry creates the setting and brings the active participation of the entire community into the liturgy. There are several opportunities to serve within this ministry. Unless otherwise noted, the contact for all Music Ministry is:
Brian Fife, Music Director
847-253-8600 x136 / B.Fife@st-raymond.org
The Parish Choir supports the worshipping assembly weekly at the Sunday 11:15 a.m. liturgy, September through May. It is also the main choir for Midnight Mass and Holy Week celebrations. Aside from the regularly planned songs and responses, this choir also presents a wide range of musical repertoire of varying styles and difficulty. Rehearsals of the Parish Choir take place in the church on Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., and on Sunday mornings before Mass at 10:45 a.m. Membership is open to all adults who feel the call to serve this faith community and God through sung praise and prayer!
The Part-time Choir provides the perfect opportunity for those who may not be able to make a “full-time” weekly commitment to participate in the music ministry of St. Raymond. The Part-time choir, under the direction of Brian Fife is open to all those who are interested in praising God through singing or playing an instrument. Rehearsals for the Part-time Choir take place once a month on the Thursday night before the second Sunday of the month. The Part-time Choir ministers at the 9:30 a.m. liturgy on the 2nd Sunday of every month year round.
Parish Cantors provide musical leadership at all Saturday and Sunday liturgies, as well as Holy Days and other liturgical celebrations. Cantors should have strong sight-reading skills and must have the ability to prepare music on their own. Membership in the Cantor Ministry is by audition.
Many devoted instrumentalists volunteer their time and talent in service of the liturgy at St. Raymond. The Instrumentalists are responsible for much of the unique “sound” of our liturgies. Instrumentalists can include rhythm section instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and percussion as well as melody instruments such as flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, and others. A moderately high level of proficiency is required including the ability to read music and/or chord symbols. An audition is required.
The Children’s Choir is the mainstay of our popular 1st Sunday of the month Family Mass that takes place October through June at the 9:30 a.m. liturgy. The Children’s Choir is made up of boys and girls in grades two through six and provides opportunity for developing musical skills and liturgical understanding through upbeat, spiritual music and frequent participation at masses. The Children’s Choir also sings for the Christmas Eve 2:00 pm. and Easter Sunday 9:30 a.m. Family Masses. Rehearsals of the Children’s Choir take place on designated Monday afternoon’s from 4 p.m.- 5 p.m. in church
847-342-1975 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Teen Choir is open to anyone in grades 7-12 (gals and guys!) and ministers on the fourth Sunday of the month at the 9:30 am liturgy during the school year. The group will learn and perform more advanced liturgical music repertoire in a variety of styles, with emphasis on four part harmony. There will also be opportunities to begin training as cantors through a mentoring process and semi-regular cantor/solo assignments during liturgies as the year progesses. The Teen choir also sings for Christmas Eve 4:00pm Mass. Rehearsals take place on the 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 4-5pm in the church.