The Music Ministries

Unless otherwise indicated, for more information please contact Anna De Foe, Pastoral Assistant for Liturgy and Music, at 253.272.5136 ext. 112 or amdefoe@stleoparish.org.

The 10:30 Choir

The 10:30 Choir leads the assembly in song at the 10:30 AM Sunday liturgy. Choir members are high school age and older and commit for a full year of service or one quarter at a time. The choir rehearses Thursday nights from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM September through Pentecost. The warmup rehearsal is at 9:30 AM Sunday mornings. The time commitment consists of regular Thursday night rehearsals, Sunday liturgy, Christmas Eve 10 PM Mass, Holy Thursday 7 PM Mass, Good Friday liturgy at 4:30 PM, Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night, and Easter morning at 10:30 AM. There are also very occasional Saturday rehearsals and a Fall and Spring gathering or retreat. What is required is an openness to learning musical and vocal skills as a member of the group and a desire to be a part of a small faith community, sharing and deepening their faith through music ministry. Auditions are not required.

The 5:00 and 9:30 Summer Choirs

The 5:00 and 9:30 Summer Choirs are open to whomever wants to show up an hour before Mass to rehearse on a week-by-week basis between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekend. Children going into third grade through adults age 99+ are welcome.

Cantors

Cantors proclaim the word of God by singing the psalms at liturgy. They also serve as song leaders and soloists for other music in the liturgy and can be available to serve as song leaders for weddings and funerals. They form a schola to sing as a group on Good Friday and other special liturgies. They have an hour-long private rehearsal with the music director the week they are scheduled to serve. Psalmists are expected to work regularly at their craft by taking voice lessons, attending an occasional cantor workshop/training, and studying the psalms as sung prayer. This ministry requires an audition and is open to all people of high school age or older.

Christmas Eve Choir and String Orchestra

Christmas Eve Choir and String Orchestra is made up of students and families who sing and play on Christmas Eve at the 5 PM liturgy. Rehearsals for Christmas take place Thursdays after school from 4:15 PM to 5:45 PM and after the 10:30 AM Mass in December. Children and families of all ages are welcome. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent. Instrumentalists need to have two years experience on their instrument and be willing to practice at home.

Instrumentalists

These are students and adult musicians who play strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, guitars, piano, and other instruments who help accompany singing and provide special music at the Christmas Eve 10 PM Mass, Easter Sunday 10:30 AM Mass, and at other special liturgies or events. The orchestra is open to all players who can play and read music reasonably well. Students that play in ensembles in school and adults who maintain an instrument as a hobby (or play professionally) are welcome. Players should have at least two years of significant experience learning their instrument.

Youth Music Ministry

Students lead the music at the monthly Youth Ministry Liturgies from October through May. Both high school singers and instrumentalists who wish to learn how to lead the prayer of the community through music and adult mentors are welcome. The rehearsal schedule will be determined once the group forms.

Youth Choir

Students in grades 3 through 12 help lead the assembly in song at selected Youth Ministry Liturgies and as part of an intergenerational choir with the adult choir at special occasions or liturgies. Please see the St. Leo Parish Calendar on the website for more specific dates for the Youth Ministry Liturgies.