The Church of St. Edward has a long tradition of vibrant worship
Our music is a reflection of the richness of the gathered community. A variety of music groups lead the “primary choir” – the Assembly – the people – the congregation. Click on the Get Involved link if you are interested in joining one or more of the music ministries.
On Sundays and for other services, the Adult Choir enhances the sung prayer of our worshiping community and performs a wide variety of choral repertoire. A love of singing is necessary, though no previous choral experience is necessary. All adults, ages 18 and over are welcome. No auditions are necessary.
“Being a member of the adult choir is such a blessing to me. The music renews and restores me – it gives me a greater connection with the Mass, and I find a peace that the hectic world cannot provide. I am proud to be a part of such a dedicated and hard-working group of people. I believe our talent is a gift from God, and the choir is a way I can give back to the St Ed’s community.” – Terri Boas
Our Praise Teams help lead music at all Masses every weekend, as well as many special Holy day Masses. Our Praise Teams consist of guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboard along with other acoustical instruments as called for. In addition to the instruments, Praise Team singers are also needed.
Our Children’s Choir is open to kids in 2nd through 8th grade. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:30-6:25pm and the choir sings at a 10:30am Mass once a month. The choir also sings at Christmas Eve Mass, on Easter Sunday and other special events.
Our parish invites those who love to sing but cannot commit to singing year round to join our Festival Choir for Christmas and Easter. The festival choir joins our regular adult choir to sing on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. All adults, high school students and voice parts are welcome.
The Funeral Choir sings at most funerals, supporting and enhancing the liturgical action and sung prayer of those gathered. A funeral choir member should enjoy singing and have a flexible daytime schedule. Men and women are welcome.
The Schola is a small vocal ensemble of skilled singers who provide music for Masses on an occasional basis. The Schola rehearses on Tuesday evenings on a regular basis and sings at various Masses as scheduled. Due to the nature of the music repertoire of this group, often classical in nature, this ensemble does require an opportunity to ensure voices are compatible.
The Cantor proclaims the Psalm in song and leads the congregation in sung prayer at weekend Masses and other services. It is important that the cantor has an ability to sing, to read music and to inspire the congregation to sing.
“I love being a cantor at St. Ed’s! For me, music is an essential aspect of worshipping and praising God during Mass. When the entire congregation sings together it is a powerful and inspiring feeling to know we all share the same love and faith in God.” – Jen Zupke
A variety of instrumentalists enhance the prayer life of our worshipping community. Woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings are the most common, but other instruments are also welcome.
The Church of St. Edward’s has had a pipe organ since 1980. The original instrument, built by the Austin Organ Company in Hartford, CT was renovated and enlarged by Austin, with a new, three-manual console.
The Music Ministry at St. Edward’s is a great group of fun and creative people who all share the love of music. We are a family, sharing our faith together through music. Come join this wonderful ministry and all it has to offer! As the hymn says, “All are welcome in this place.” – Jen Zupke