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There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Centuries ago, harmony was considered to be a reflection of the divine order of the universe. Similarly, the act of singing together represents our unity as children of God.
Sings at 10:00 Mass every first-Sunday, plus Christmas and Easter
Rehearses Monday 4:00 and Thursday 6:00 (obligation only once a week)
Where else but in Children’s Choir do children have the opportunity to serve a practical role within an adult community? Members receive training that harnesses their innate musicality and puts this education to immediate use at Mass. Singing as part of a group can also be the starting-point for any who wish to consider solo singing—most of our current child cantors began as choir members.
All are encouraged to join the Children’s Choir. Even though the group is mostly girls at this time, music is a sport for all genders (don’t be shy, boys). Members usually range from second-grade to eighth-grade; but these limits are flexible. No experience necessary. The commitment is a weekly rehearsal and a monthly Mass.
Sings at Noon Mass October through May, plus special occasions
Rehearses Thursday 7:30pm
With ten new members and expanded male sections in 2013, the sound of The Our Lady of Grace Choir has grown in fullness. Apart from singing every Sunday, the Choir also sings on holy days and offers several sacred music performances throughout the year.
The Our Lady of Grace Choir’s many collaborators include the Sacred Music Chorale, The Josephine Foundation, The Choir of Saint Rose, the Diocesan Gospel Choir, and the Angel Voices & Bells of Saint Aidan. In service of the local community, the Choir has provided music for The Salvation Army, East Neck Nursing Home, Sunrise Assisted Living, and Pronto Long Island.
All are welcome to join the Choir, both new and experienced singers. The ability to read music or familiarity with the parish hymns is helpful, but not necessary. The commitment is roughly one rehearsal and one Mass per week.
Sing at all Sunday & holy day Masses
Rehearsal by consultation with the Music Director
The 15+ membership of our parish songleader team enables each singer to devote themselves prayerfully, one Mass at a time. Novice songleaders have ample time to regroup and train in the weeks between Masses, while building experience and eventually taking on more responsibility.
Assisting the congregation in song, announcing hymn numbers, and rendering Psalm texts, songleaders are community members with strong voices and good pitch (“able to carry a tune”). The singers already have a talent which the Music Director helps to hone and refine.
There is still room for more on the songleader team, whether adults or children. If you find yourself listening and thinking “I can do that,” please come forward. The schedule is flexible and varies according to each individual.
Chorus in Residence
With the professionalism of a city chorus and the personal warmth of a small community, The Babylon Chorale continues to bless our church with the great masterworks of choral music. Parishioners join the throngs of Chorale fans for a night of culture, spirituality, fellowship, and even the occasional sing-along. For more information visit their website www.babylonchorale.org, email the Chorale at firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to the parish Music Director.