St. Joseph Church has a vital music program with opportunities to serve at every age. All are welcome. Rehearsals for all choirs, vocal and handbells, are normally in the parish center (149 Goodwin St.) on Tuesdays between the hours of 4 and 9:30 p.m. In addition, a warm-up happens ½ hour prior to the Mass which the group is singing. All instrumentalists are encouraged to share their talents as well as singers and handbell/handchime ringers. Music reading is not necessary. Skills needed to ring bells or blend with a choir are taught during rehearsals. Please contact the director of music ministries for additional information.
Adult Vocal Choir—Traditional choir singing mostly in 4 parts (SATB). Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8:30 PM. Adult music ministry is shared with all. Singing the Mass takes place among the 3 English Masses and some additional special liturgies throughout the year.
Adult Handbell Choir—Rehearsal for this group follows the adult vocal rehearsal from 8:30-9:30 PM. No prior skills are necessary as all will be taught during the rehearsals.
Youth Vocal Choir—People in grades 6-12 are encouraged to sing with this choir. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 6:15-7 PM 2 part music is generally sung by this group with some SAB and SSA. They normally sing at either the 10:30 Mass on Sunday AM or at the Vigil on Saturday at 4PM as well as some additional special liturgies throughout the year. Schedules are coordinated with the school, Confirmation and religious education classes who will be attending a particular Mass.
Youth Handbell Choir—Rehearsals are prior to the youth vocal choir from 5:30-6:15 PM. No prior skills are necessary as all will be taught during the rehearsals. There are many opportunities to ring during Mass as well as outside of Mass. Plan to have lots of fun!
Children’s Vocal Choir—students in grades 1-5 are welcome to sing with this choir. Rehearsals are on Tuesday afternoon from 4-4:45 and again ½ prior to the Mass when they will be singing. This group sings at either the 10:30 on Sunday AM or the 4 PM Vigil on Saturday. Schedules are coordinated with the school, Confirmation and religious education classes who will be attending a particular Mass.
Children’s Handbell Choir—Rehearsals are held after the Children’s Vocal Choir on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:15 PM. All skills are taught during rehearsals and children simply need to be able to focus for the ½ hour of fun!
Cantor—All confirmed in the Catholic Faith who have leadership skills in singing are encouraged to join this group of volunteer cantors. The cantors are scheduled for the three English Masses on a rotation that fits their schedules. Usually a cantor will be scheduled for about 2-3 Masses per month. Cantors also help the school and religious education students who attend the Mass as lectors and cantors in training. All cantors will receive music plans for Mass and any assistance needed to prepare properly. No music reading skills are needed but are helpful.