The work of a liturgical musician is to support the prayer of the people. Musicians partake in this important work when they share their time and talent with the parish community. Here in St. Mark’s, we offer many varied opportunities to share your musical gifts. Please feel free to call or email for more information. New musicians are always welcome!
God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises. A cry from deep within our being, music is a way for God to lead us to the realm of higher things. As St. Augustine says, “Singing is for the one who loves.” Music is therefore a sign of God’s love for us and of our love for him.
-Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Cantors - those who lead the parish community during the celebration of the Eucharist through sung prayer. The music at our 5 pm Saturday mass is led by a Cantor. Our Cantors meet regularly with the Director of Music for scheduling and planning. Formation and training are provided.
Children’s Choir – open to children in Grades 2 to 7. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm in the Music Room. The children sing at the 9:30 mass on the 3rd Sunday of the month of the school year as well as at our annual Christmas Concert.
Teen Choir (“The Cornerstones”) – open to students in Grades 8 to 12. Rehearsals are on Thursday from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Music Room. They sing at the 5 pm Saturday mass on every other month of the school year as well as at our annual Christmas Concert. Instrumentalists with NYSSMA Level V are especially welcome!
Adult Choir – sing at the 11:30 Sunday mass. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm in the church.
Contemporary Ensemble – sing at the 9:30 Sunday mass. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 pm in the church.