ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA PARISH
220 Shelton Road, Trumbull, Connecticut 06611
For further information about our parish music program or to register for one of our choirs, please contact:
Dr. Bill Atwood, Director of Music and Organist
Office Phone: (203) 377-3133 X 24.
Contact the Music Office
The Parish Choir is open to adult members of the parish (high school age and up) and sings for the 10:30am Mass each Sunday and for special Masses throughout the year. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm, September to June. The Choir’s repertoire covers the entire range of traditional Catholic liturgical music. At this time, we have openings in all voice parts. No prior musical experience is necessary!
Parish cantors are selected through a process of audition and interview with the Director of Music. Because this is a specialized ministry, music reading and voice training are required. For further information or to schedule an audition, please contact the Director of Music.
The Children’s Choir is open to young members of the parish in grades 2-8. The choir sings at the 9am Family Mass on the first Sunday of each month, and rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from 5:00-6:00pm starting from September to May.
The Second Vatican Council stated emphatically that “choirs must be diligently promoted while ensuring that the whole body of the faithful may be able to contribute that active participation which is rightly theirs.” The choir must not minimize the musical participation of the faithful. The congregation commonly sings unison melodies, which are more suitable for generally unrehearsed community singing. This is the primary song of the Liturgy. Choirs and ensembles, on the other hand, comprise persons drawn from the community who possess the requisite musical skills and a commitment to the established schedule of rehearsals and Liturgies. Thus, they are able to enrich the celebration by adding musical elements beyond the capabilities of the congregation alone.
The choir may draw on the treasury of sacred music, singing compositions by composers of various periods and in various musical styles, as well as music that expresses the faith of the various cultures that enrich the Church. The music of the choir must always be appropriate to the Liturgy, either by being a proper liturgical text or by expressing themes appropriate to the Liturgy. (Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, §28-30, Issued by USCCB, November 14, 2007)