The Holy Family Parish Choir (photos) strives to serve God by singing the principal Masses of the Parish with the beauty and reverence proper to the Sacred Liturgy of the Church. We also aim to grow together in faith and musicianship by supporting each other in charity, love, and prayer. Regular rehearsal nights are Tuesdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and we rehearse about 45 minutes to an hour before each sung Mass as well.

Gregorian chant is the core of the music program at Holy Family, while the secondary focus is sacred polyphony, the multi-voiced, a cappella choral music of the Renaissance era, by composers such as Palestrina, Victoria, Byrd, and Lassus. We edit, engrave, and produce our own editions of all the music that we sing. Examples of some of our scores can be seen by clicking the following links:

Cantantibus organis, Luca Marenzio (1556–1599)
from the Feast of St. Cecilia, the Patron Saint of Music, on November 22

 Verbum caro factum est, Loyset Compère (c.1450–1518)
“The Word was made Flesh”, from the Gospel of St. John

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (ES IST EIN’ ROS’)
Traditional Christmas Carol, with descant by Christopher E. Suen

Dominus Jesus in qua nocte a5, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525–1594)
Motet for Maundy Thursday, at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Crux fidelis, hymn for the Adoration of the Holy Cross on Good Friday
Harmonized chant refrain by Mark E. Donnelly

Dum transisset Sabbatum a5, John Taverner (c.1498–1545)
Motet for Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday with 5-part polyphony and Sarum plainchant

The main choir, Chorus Faustinae, currently has about 25 volunteer members who are responsible for leading the Mass Ordinaries, hymns, and singing the majority of motets on Sundays and feast days. Schola Davidica, of male voices, chants the full Gregorian Mass Propers for each of the sung Masses. The smaller chamber ensemble, Cantores Sancti Joannis Baptistae, sings select polyphony and is open to more advanced singers with good reading ability.

Membership in the Parish Choir is open to any parishioner, or person interested in becoming a member of the parish, who is over the age of 10; beginners are warmly welcome and encouraged, regardless of musical experience or background. All that is required is willingness and perseverance in serving God, and a love of sacred music. Intake of new members is normally in September and January; other times of the year for special cases will be considered individually.


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