“Those who sing, pray twice” and “Those who sing well, sing thrice” is a known concept among those in liturgical ministry. The benefit of dedicated singers and ringers prepares them to be raised in musical prayer. St. John XXIII expanded music ministry offers children, youth and adults in a variety of settings.
Thomas Tiehel, MSM
Director of Music Ministries/Organist
Mr. Tiehel was appointed Director of Music Ministries/Organist on June 1, 2018 He brings over 40 years of experience as a musician in a Cathedral, Parishes & Catholic Schools. An accomplished organist, pianist, singer, handbell, choral/instrumental director, he holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Towson, University, Master of Sacred Music with organ and conducting concentrations, and post graduate study at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ.MUSIC MINISTRY REGISTRATION
“Those who sing, pray twice” and “Those who sing well, sing thrice” is a known concept among those in liturgical ministry.
Saint John XXIII Parish Choir (expanded – Choral ensemble)
The Parish Choir is composed of adult women and men. This choir will lead the congregation at the 9:15a.m or 11:15 a.m. Sunday or 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass as scheduled. These talented singers specialize in mixed-part musical repertoire while fulfilling its mission to encourage the active participation of the singing assembly. The choir will participate in several concerts each year accompanied with orchestra. This choir will perform major choral works each year. Membership is open to all who desire to sing. No audition is required. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from 6:30 -7:45 p.m. year round in the music area.
The St. John XXIII Adult Ringers (NEW)
The Adult handbell ensemble is comprised of Parish Choir Singers. This ensemble rings 3 octaves of Schulmerich Handbells and Malmark Choir Chimes. They follow the same schedule as the St. John XXIII Parish Choir. This is a music educational tool to improve their musical reading skills, development of handbell technique and musicality. Rehearsals are held Thursdays 6 p.m.– 6:30 p.m.
Angelus Ringers (NEW)
This is a new beginning handbell ensemble of non-singing ringers. This ensemble rings 3 octaves of Schulmerich Handbells and Malmark Choir Chimes while developing their music reading skills and handbell technique. Rehearsals TBD. Ringers will play as scheduled, Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 9:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.
Schola Cantorum (Experienced Choral ensemble – New)
This small mixed ensemble is comprised of St John XXIII cantors & experienced St John XXIII Choir members who will sing a variety of advanced choral repertoire. Rehearsals are Thursdays 7:50– 8:15 p.m. in the music area.
Arimathean Singers (NEW)
The Arimathean Singers supports congregational singing for funerals and memorial Masses. All who are 18 years and older and available to sing are encouraged and welcomed. Membership in other singing choirs is optional. There is a short rehearsal one-half hour before the scheduled funeral. (Example: 9:30 a.m. rehearsal, Funeral 10 a.m.)
Cherub Choir/Chimers (K-2) (NEW)
The Cherub choir offers singing, ringing, weekly fundamental activities, and rhythm instruments for children in grade K–2. The children will sing as scheduled at the 9:15 am or 11:15 a.m. Mass, and for concerts and music festivals. Rehearsals will be held Wednesday afternoons 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. during Religious Ed.
St Cecilia Singers/Ringers (3-5) (NEW)
Jubilate Schola is an ensemble for children in our parish in grades 3 through 5. The Schola will sing a variety of repertoire, unison, 2 & 3 part anthems. Each singer rings in the Handbell/Choir chime ensemble to teach music fundaments and note reading. This choir sings weekly at the 9:15a.m. or 11:15 a.m. as scheduled. Weekly practice will be Wednesdays 5:15 – 6:00 p.m.DOWNLOAD THE SCHEDULE HERE
St John XXIII Jubilate Chorale/Ringers (6-12) (NEW)
6 – 12 graders are invited to participate in this “new” teen singing/ringing ensemble. Rehearsals TBD (Most likely prior to youth group meetings) .They will sing/ring for various Masses as scheduled during the 9:15a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Mass, Christmas Eve Mass and theTriduum. They will also perform for the Fall Festival of Music and concerts as planned. The choir will sing unison, 2, 3 & 4 part music. The goal is to sing weekly at Masses, concerts, perform an annual musical and go on a choir tour. Handbells are included with this ensemble. They use 3 octaves of Malmark Handbells and Choir Chimes.DOWNLOAD THE SCHEDULE HERE
Matins Ringers (NEW Handbell/Chime ensemble for 7:15 a.m. Mass)
Parishioners who attend the 7:15 a.m. Mass are invited to join this new handbell ensemble. 6-11 ringers are needed to participate and ring 2-3 octaves of chimes and handbells.
The music ministry is looking for those who play instruments to enhance the organ in leading music for our liturgies. Music includes preludes, anthems, hymns and much more.
Cantors: St. John XXIII has several professional cantors that lead the congregation. New volunteer singers with cantoring experience are invited to audition. All cantors must sing with in the Parish Choir.
The Vietnamese Choir rehearses Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.in the music area. The Vietnamese Mass is Saturday at 8PM. Please contact Dai Tran for more information.
Dai Tran – 714-548-5257