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 at the Sunday 11 am liturgy, September through May. It also has sung at Christmas and Holy Week celebrations. Aside from the regularly planned songs and responses, this choir presents a wide range of musical repertoire of varying styles. Rehearsals of the Parish Choir take place in the church on Wednesday nights at 7 pm. Membership is open to all adults and high school teens who feel the call to serve God and this faith community through sung praise and prayer. The Parish Choir will start rehearsals on Wednesday, September 7th in the church. We are scheduled to begin singing at mass on Sunday, September 11th.
The Part-time choir is open to all adults interested in praising God through singing and/or playing an instrument on a once-a-month basis at the Saturday 5 pm mass. Rehearsals for this choir occur from 7 pm on the Thursday night before Saturday in which it sings. August’s rehearsal and mass will be on Thursday, August 25th, and Saturday, August 27th September’s rehearsal and mass will be on Thursday, September 22nd, and Saturday, September 24th.
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 guitar, and drums, as well as melody instruments such as flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, etc. A moderate to a high level of proficiency in one’s instrument is needed.
The Children’s Choir is open to all students in grades two through six and provides an opportunity for developing musical skills and liturgical understanding through upbeat, spiritual music and frequent participation at masses. It will usually sing on the first Sunday of the month, fall through spring at the 11 am liturgy. The Children’s Choir also traditionally sings on Christmas Eve at the 2 pm mass and Easter Sunday. For those in grades 4-6, there will be opportunities to begin learning the fundamentals of cantoring through a mentoring process which will lead to real-life experience at the cantor podium! Rehearsals of the Children’s Choir take place on designated Monday afternoons from 4-5 pm in church. The first rehearsal will be on Monday, October 3rd, and the choir’s first mass is scheduled for Sunday, November 6.
The Teen Choir is open to anyone in grades 7-12 and ministers at the teen-led 6:30 pm Sunday night liturgy that takes place once a month. The group will learn and perform more advanced liturgical music repertoire in a variety of styles, with emphasis on part singing. Members will be given opportunities for semi-regular cantor/solo assignments during the liturgy. The Teen Choir also traditionally sings on Christmas Eve at the 4:30 pm mass. Rehearsals will take place once a month, at a time to be determined. For more Sunday Evening information.
For further information about:
The Parish Choir, Part-time Choir, Cantors, Instrumentalists, and Teen Choir, please email Brian Fife at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (847) 253-8600 x136.
The Children’s Choir, please email Lucie Kreidler at Lucie88k@gmail.com or call at 847-477-8032.
PLEASE NOTE: All adults (18 yrs or older) must complete Virtus Training and be compliant with all steps of Protecting God’s Children within 3 months of participation in the music ministry.