Good Shepherd Parish Adult Choir
Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf. Acts 2:46). Thus Saint Augustine says rightly, “Singing is for the one who loves.” There is also the ancient proverb: “one who sings well prays twice.”
Role of the Good Shepherd Parish Adult Choir
As defined in both the Vatican II documents and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, the role of the choir in liturgy is to 1) add the element of beauty to the liturgy, and 2) encourage the singing of the whole assembly. The Choir is part of the assembly and ... does not replace the assembly. The choir’s role is always ministerial, serving the action of the liturgy and fostering the participation of the assembly.
As stated in Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, the document of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on music, “Choirs and ensembles 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.”
Ministry of the Adult Choir
Like all liturgical ministers, choir members exercise their ministry with evident faith and recognize that they are servants of the Liturgy as well as members of the gathered assembly. When the choir is not exercising its particular role, it joins the assembly in song, not to lead congregational singing, but to sing with the congregation, which sings on its own or under the leadership of the organ or other instruments (Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship).
The Good Shepherd Parish Adult Choir ministers at one Mass each month, traveling to each of our parish churches in turn. We also sing at Lessons and Carols during Advent, at one Christmas Eve Liturgy, at the Triduum, for special liturgies and services, and Confirmation. In recognition of the universality of the Catholic church, our music includes many styles: traditional, classical, folk, and contemporary, to name the primary ones.
Members of the Adult Choir
Anyone age 16 to 99 (or beyond) may join the adult choir. There are no auditions, no pressure to sing solo. You will be asked to sing a scale to determine your voice range.
The choir season runs from September to May. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30, most often in Good Shepherd Church, but occasionally in one of the other parish churches. We also provide cds of the music we are learning so that choir members may rehearse at home, and the music is available on the parish website.
Invitation and Call
Active involvement in the liturgical life of the parish is what the Church, through the Second Vatican Council, calls all of us to. The members of our adult choir work together in a spirit of cooperation and joy, for all of them dearly love the gift of music God has given them. They are volunteers who willingly put in a lot of rehearsal hours in order to enhance the beauty of our liturgies. We hope you’ll join us!
Soli Deo Gloria!