Children’s Choir

The graded Children’s Choir program provides music for all Family Masses and at selected Sunday Masses. Membership is open to children in Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

Rehearsals: Thursday afternoons during the school year, according to the following schedule:

Rehearsal Times and Registration

Angel's Grades K-2
Director: Mrs. Barbara Lancaster
Rehearsal: Thursdays 4:00 – 4:45 PM

Saints Grades 3-5
Director: Mrs. Barbara Lancaster
Rehearsal: Thursdays 5:00 – 6:30 PM

Jubilate Singers Grades 6-9
Director: Mrs. Mary Tamplin
Rehearsal: Thursdays 5:00 - 6:30 PM

The Contemporary Choir

Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome!

Ministers: at the Sunday 9:15 AM Mass and special liturgies.

Membership: Open to parishioners, 9th grade through adult.

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM. –  9:00 PM and Sundays at 8:15 AM in the Gathering Space Meeting Room.

Director: Mrs. Joanne Ibex

The Traditional Choir

Ministers: Sundays at the 11 AM Mass from Labor Day through the Feast of Corpus Christi and special liturgies throughout the year.

Membership: Open to parishioners, 9th grade through adult.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Sundays mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Gathering Space Meeting Room.

Director: Mrs. JoAnne Ibex

 

EXALT Praise Group

Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome!

Ministers: the 5:15 PM Mass each Sunday evening.

Membership: Open to parishioners, 9th grade through adult

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM and Sundays at 4:00 PM in the Church.

Director: Ms. Mary Remaniak (mremaniak@stjohnsp.org)

Rejoice

Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome!

Ministers: the 5:15 PM Mass each Saturday evening.

Membership: Open to parishioners, 9th grade through adult

Rehearsals: Saturday 4:00- 5 PM in the Gathering Space Meeting Room

Director: Mrs. Joanne Ibex

The Handbell Choir

Ministers: Scheduled Saturday 5:15 PM Masses and special liturgies.  We also ring regularly at area senior care facilities.

Membership: Open to all parishioners, 9th grade through adult.

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM,  in the Church

Director: Mrs. JoAnne Ibex

The Resurrection Choir

The Resurrection Choir lends prayerful support to families attending funerals and memorial Masses by assisting the assembly in singing the hymns, acclamations, and responding to the spoken prayers. The Membership: open to all parishioners with flexible morning schedules.

Director: Mrs. JoAnne Ibex

Cantors

Cantors lead and encourage the assembly members in their sung prayer.  Serving in this ministry requires strong vocal ability, willingness to prepare well, and confidence singing in public.

Why Sing?

  • Singing is a special way to worship God
  • When a choir sings beautifully, then it helps the congregation worship, too!
  • The language of Music conveys special messages and thoughts about Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • God created music! Our singing voice is a gift from God and this is a great way to share our time and talent with our church community.
  • The hymns, anthems, meditations and Mass parts are all a form of prayer.

Reminders for good singing:

  • Sit with feet flat and back straight, or stand with feet slightly apart and knees not locked.
  • Always warm up your voice before you are going to sing or start a rehearsal.
  • Always take time to study the words and the rhythm. Knowing your music will help you be a supportive choir member.
  • Use deep breathing through the diaphragm.
  • Don’t forget to listen carefully to directions.

A Special Note to Parents

It is a great honor for your child to participate in singing in the choir. Thank you for supporting this endeavor by bringing your child on time to the rehearsals and helping to keep the choir binders in order.

If your child has a special musical talent – playing an instrument or composing music, for example – please let me know.