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.
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.
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.