Mission Statement:
The music ministry at St. Jude Parish strives to proclaim the goodness of our God in song, and to support the singing of the entire parish family. In joy and thankfulness, we bring the best that we have to offer, a gift service and praise.  

As a musician there is no greater privilege than to have the opportunity to give one’s gifts in the house of God.  Sometimes we forget this; the concert stage is more glamorous and rock stars are more famous.  Yet the church is a special place for music making.  It is a place for family, for worship, and for transformation.  We believe in the transformative powers of music, to move us to tears, both of joy and sorrow.  Music can help us express the deepest longing of our souls, and express them in a unity and harmony that speech cannot give.

There are many opportunities to be involved in the music ministry at St. Jude Parish. Regardless of what your musical gift is, there is a place for you to serve. Browse the links on the right side of the page for more information about each ensemble or contact the office directly about getting involved.

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Music Director
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The Adult Choir at St. Jude is the main musical ensemble of the parish. It sings for all the major liturgies and feasts of the church year, including All Saints, Christ the King, Christmas, and the Easter Triduum. The choir also performs at the annual “Christmas at St. Jude” concert in December. The music we sing spans over a thousand years of Christian musical expression, from gospel and praise and worship music to classical, baroque, and Gregorian chant.

You do not have to have any previous experience singing in choirs to join. Each rehearsal begins with vocal instruction and a warm-up designed to strengthen our voices, improve our singing, and unify our sound. Additional practice materials, such as recordings and videos are also available for those who feel they need more than the once-weekly rehearsal to fully participate. If you are interested in joining the adult choir you are more than welcome to stop by a rehearsal and visit, or contact the director about what your role might be.

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The cantor ministry at St. Jude plays a vital and important role in our ministry. More than any other ministry, the cantors of St. Jude are called to serve, to support and lead the singing of the whole faith community. Although a cantor may occasionally sing a solo, their role is not that of a soloist. They support the singing of the congregation by singing clearly and intelligibly (very much unlike the national anthem is typically sung!). If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, contact the director of music.

Music Director
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The greatest sacred instrument is the human voice; through singing we create the music most closely tied to our spirit and our bodies.  The main purpose of instruments like the organ and the piano is to support the singing of the congregation.  So then why do we use other instruments as well, such as drums, woodwinds, or brass?  These instruments, more than any other, are for PARTIES!

Liturgy, after all, is basically a party. It’s a celebration—it may be a very solemn party, certainly one ruled by very strict forms, and thus very formal—but at it’s core, the liturgy is a party. It incorporates gathering, greeting, singing, eating, drinking, and more singing. Trumpets, flutes, stringed instruments—these things are to add splendor, beauty, and joy to our greatest parties.

Think of them as festive instruments—used primarily for feasts!  

No matter what you play, woodwind, brass, string, or percussion, there is an opportunity for you at St. Jude! We would love to have a woodwind ensemble, a brass quintet, or a string quartet--all kinds of things are possible! Contact the director about specific opportunities.

 

 

 

The youth choir at St. Jude is undergoing strategic re-evaluation and is not singing regularly through the 2016-17 season. There will be a coed youth choir for both Christmas and Easter. Information will be available through the church bulletin.

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St. Jude is proud to present an annual concert series entitled South of South Bend. The series will feature concerts for voice, organ, piano, and choir.

Through these musical offerings St. Jude hopes to contribute to cultural offerings of South Bend and to enliven our community through the musical arts. As such, all of our concerts will be free and open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you at the concerts!

Next Concert in the Series:

  • Duets by Bach and Scarlatti

    Duets by Bach and Scarlatti South of South Bend Concert Series presents....
    Sunday, April 23, 4:30 p.m. in St. Jude Church

    At the Keyboard: Duets by Bach and Scarlatti
    Elliott Smith, piano
    Ilia Ulianitsky, piano

    Free and open to the public. Read More