Cantors and psalmists are parishioners who lead the congregation in song. They must possess the ability to sing as a soloist and engage with the assembly, inviting them to join in. A cantor and psalmist is scheduled at every Mass year-round. St. Charles supports their love for music, liturgy, and service by providing free musical training and faith formation. These vocalists meet with Maria Notch for vocal coaching before every Mass in which they serve. During these appointments, they discuss upcoming Sunday readings and the relation the scripture has to the music, as well as discussing musical elements of the liturgical music including diction, phrasing, and expression.
Cantor and psalmist formation is offered year-round for all high school aged singers and above. This unique opportunity for formation promotes personal and musical growth and a sense of community for the volunteers, the Music Ministry Department, and the congregation. One is not required to be a member of any other musical ensemble to join. Auditions are required.
If anyone is interested in being trained as a cantor or psalmist, please contact Maria Notch, Liturgical Music Assistant or Dr. Aaron Mathews, Director of Liturgical Music. One may also sign up via online registration, which can be found on the following link: St. Charles Music Ministry Registration Form.
Do I have to be able to read music?
No. Although the ability to read music is helpful for joining any of our ensembles, it is not a requirement. Several current members are unable to read music, but they learn by ear. We will teach you some basic music reading skills.
What is the time commitment?
There are multiple ways that one can become involved in music ministry at St. Charles, each with varying time commitments.
Women's Choir/Men's Choir, once a month rehearsals, Wednesday evening, 6:30-7:30 p.m. the week prior to their scheduled Mass.
5 p.m. Choir, bi-weekly rehearsal, Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m. the week prior to their scheduled Mass.
9 a.m. Choir, weekly rehearsal, Wednesday evenings, 7-9 p.m.
11:00 Choir, rehearse at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings prior to singing at Mass.
Children's Choir, weekly rehearsal on Tuesday afternoons; sing at weekly school Masses and once a month at a weekend Mass.
Praise Groups, bi-weekly rehearsal prior to their scheduled Mass.
Hand Bell Choir, weekly rehearsal on Wednesday evenings, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Resurrection Choir, rehearsal 30 minutes prior to a scheduled funeral.
Cantors/Psalmists, coaching session prior to a scheduled Mass.
Where are rehearsals located? What are the rehearsal times?
Rehearsals take place in the church. Before serving at Mass, warm-ups occur in the music offices, with the exception of the praise groups and the bell choir. Please see each group's individual page for rehearsal times.