St. Patrick’s offers several ways for members to participate in the musical life of the congregation.
The Adult Choir numbers anywhere from 15 to 25 singers each Sunday, presenting rehearsed anthems in a variety of styles, and leading the congregation in the singing of service music and hymns. The choir is non-auditioned, and is open to anyone of high school age and above. The
choir rehearses each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. during the program year (late September through May) to prepare music for Sunday services as well as special liturgical services during Advent, Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter.
The Handbell Ensemble is made up of approximately 11 ringers who play three octaves of Malmark handbells, and three-octaves of Schulmerich hand chimes. The group rehearses each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to prepare something to present during worship at least once a month. Smaller groups drawn from the ensemble often accompany the choir, or provide special music on feast days. The entire Ensemble has also participated in a local handbell festival. The group is non-auditioned and beginning ringers are welcome, but some basic musical knowledge is a plus.
Our Children’s Choir welcomes children in grades 2 – 5 to join us at 11:00 after church on Sunday to learn about our bible and our church through music. We sing, and learn about musical instruments, too; and have played dulcimer, ukelele, bells, percussion and more when singing during worship, about once a month.
Make a Joyful Noise
Make a Joyful Noise started as an avenue for St. Patrick’s middle schoolers to give their musical gifts back to the One who gave them. It has since expanded to include high school students as well. This group performs regularly during worship services.
We are most proud of this ministry paralleling the Lay Eucharistic Ministers to our home-bound parishioners. They have visited, performed for, laughed with, and blessed residents in area nursing homes where our St. Patrick’s parishioners live. The teens have also performed pieces on which they are working in their private music lessons to round out a 30-minute recital filled with God’s grace and beauty of His love.
Individual members are encouraged to contact Music Director Jennifer Bell about solo opportunities throughout the year. St. Patrick’s is also looking forward to hearing our new (to us) three-manual Schantz/Peebles-Herzog pipe organ in late August or early September.
Interested parties can contact Jennifer Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell phone 614-638-6680.