St. Clare Music Ministry program seeks to serve the community’s expression of faith whenever the parish family gathers for worship. Music at worship enhances and fosters our community’s efforts to participate more fully in the liturgical celebrations of the Church. To carry out this purpose, many committed and faith-filled music-makers are needed. Singers and instrumentalists whose love for God and for the sound of an Assembly singing are welcomed and offered a variety of opportunities to develop their musical skills and their abilities to provide prayerful leadership to the song of our faith community at prayer.
Adult Choirs: 9th Grade Youth to Adult
St. Clare Parish has two adult choirs that serve a substantial need by ministering at the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses each Sunday. These choirs, open to ninth grade youth through adults, utilize a variety of instruments to accompany the singers. The adult choirs hold combined rehearsal on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in the church, and periodically combine for weekend and special Masses. Singers and instrumentalists are welcome to participate in either of these choirs. Please call the Music Ministry Office to schedule an orientation interview with our music director.
Life Teen Music Ministry: 9th Grade Youth to Adult; by Audition
High school students and adults are encouraged to participate in our Life Teen Music Group that ministers at the Life Teen Mass each Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. in the church. Because of the nature of this group, please call the Music Ministry Office to inquire or schedule an audition.
Mission Statement: As musical instruments of God, we, the St. Clare Life Teen Music Ministry, are dedicated to leading teens to the heart of worship. In joyful surrender to God’s Word, we invite all of God’s people to the life-giving rhythms of Eucharistic celebration.
Special Choirs: Kindergarten to Adult
Caroler Choir and Cherub Choir, separate groups, provide an opportunity for young members of our community to begin exercising their gifts in service to the people of God along with people of all ages. Geared for families and individuals alike, these choirs minister at the early Mass on Christmas Eve. A calendar of rehearsals for this year’s Special Choirs will be available in the parish bulletin and on the parish website as the special events draw closer.
Our parish is gifted with instrumentalists who play regularly with our choirs and we are always looking for new players. There are also opportunities throughout the year for those who play instruments and want to share their talent but who are not prepared to make a commitment to a choir year round. As with accompanists, there is a wide range of possibilities for brass, stringed, percussion and wind instrumentalists to be involved in St. Clare Music Ministry.
Accompanists: Piano, Organ, Guitar
As our parish grows, so does the need for accompanists. Opportunities for qualified individuals abound, from things as simple as playing music for children in Faith Formation to services such as Baptisms, to accompanying a choir at Mass on a regular basis.
Clear and audible communication is an important dimension of every parish Liturgical Celebration. Sound operators assist in this endeavor. Adults with good hearing, a love for liturgy and some experience in operating sound equipment are encouraged to share their gifts in this ministry.
St. Clare Singers - 2nd Grade to 8th Grade Youth (1st Graders meeting the requirements can discuss this opportunity with the director)
Our Youth Choir (second through eighth grade youth), will minister at Mass in conjunction with St. Clare School Family Masses, generally held one Sunday per month at various Masses. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. This choir is directed by Mrs. Kelley Van Slooten and Mrs. Paula Eamon.
Men and women gifted with the ability to sing solo parts and to lead the Assembly in song are the heart of our Cantor program. Interested persons are individually auditioned and trained for this ministry, and serve at the various Liturgies of our parish. Cantors are present at all Masses, including those served by a choir. Rehearsals for Cantors are held in conjunction with regular choir rehearsals.
High school youth and adults share music at Faith Formation sessions for all ages. Song, movement and instruments help to introduce children and teens to songs of faith and the joy of singing.
**Training is required and provided for all Liturgical Ministries.***
Music Ministry Schedule and Lineups (attached below)