Doug Stegeman, Organist & Choir Director
Purpose: The Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy teaches that the Church’s rich heritage of sacred music is “a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art,” because sacred music forms an “integral part of the solemn liturgy.” It “adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, and confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites.” Songs of praise to God have been a part of the Mass longer than incense or candles, and the Church has always preferred her worship to be sung where possible. The music program here at St. Thomas more stands within this rich and vibrant tradition of Catholic music, striving to lift hearts and minds to God through sacred song and instrumental music, and to ennoble the parish liturgies by singing those parts of them that may be sung. St. Thomas More is uniquely blessed to have a consistent music program across all four of its weekend liturgies, unlike many parishes nowadays, a powerful sign of parish unity.
Information: All men and women of high-school age or older are warmly encouraged to join the ADULT CHOIR, which is responsible for singing the parish's principal Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. as well as other times throughout the year, particularly the liturgies of Holy Week. The choir leads the congregational singing of the hymns and Mass parts as well as enhancing the liturgy with choral anthems and motets throughout the liturgical year. The choir rehearses THURSDAY evenings at 7:00 p.m. from September through May, and although no audition is required, a certain degree of commitment both to the rehearsal and the Sunday/Holyday Masses is expected during the choir season. Members of the choir are free to continue to sing at the 10 a.m Mass during the summer.
SONG LEADERS AND CANTORS are an integral part at weekend liturgies to other celebrations. These men and women are responsible for leading the congregation musically at whichever liturgy they choose to attend. While not absolutely necessary, they are encouraged to participate with the Adult Choir and attend choir rehearsals. While the primary prerequisite for song is an enjoyment of singing, they must exhibit certain basic vocal and musical skills. Aptitude and level of readiness are determined by the music director at an information audition.
Anyone who plays an instrument, particularly strings or brass, is strongly encouraged to consider becoming a parish INSTRUMENTALIST. An informal audition with the music director is essential in determining both musical aptitude and readiness.
Boys and girls (grades 4-8) are given the opportunity for membership in the CHILDREN'S CHOIR. At the present time, this choir is handled through the school, rather than through the music program.
Contact: Doug Stegeman..................513-753-2546