Music Ministry

Contact: Stephen Powers, Music Director and Organist – 973•744•2850

 

Music is a vital part of our worship here at St. Cassian. The goal of all music in worship is to support the prayer of those who have assembled. All who come here for liturgy are encouraged to raise their voices in song and actively take their part in the celebration of the Mass.

Our Cantors are trained in the singing of the psalms and to be leaders of congregational song.

The Parish Choir of 30 voices exists to serve the liturgical prayer of St. Cassian Church. This primary choral ensemble of our parish community provides musical leadership and sings music of many styles from chant to contemporary to help create and support a spirit of prayer in our liturgies. In addition to its liturgical responsibilities, the Choir sings the very popular Candlelight Carol Sing in December which is now in its fourteenth year. St. Cassian’s Choir was recognized by the Sixth Annual Caldwell College Ecumenical Assembly with the 1999 McElwee Award for Christian Service to the Church and Community. In 2001, the Choir was invited to the Vatican where they sang a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and for Pope John Paul II. Membership is open to anyone 14 years of age and up. It is not required that you be able to read music. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.. The choir sings at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday mass from September to June, all Holy Week services, and other major feasts throughout the Liturgical Year.

The Schola is an auditioned ensemble of 12 voices that sings classic polyphony and other challenging music. Its membership is drawn from the Parish Choir.

Instruments for worship regularly include our fine Schantz pipe organ. Occasionally, handbells and orchestral instruments are added to further enhance our Eucharistic celebrations.

Concerts take place in St. Cassian on occasion and include the presentation of major choral works such as Fauré: Requiem, Bach: Cantata 106, Mozart: Mass in C and other musical offerings.

If you have any questions or are interested in our music ministries, please contact Stephen Powers.

The Parish Choir

New Members Sought

Our Parish Choir provides musical leadership and sings music of many styles to help create a spirit of prayer in our liturgies. In addition, they sing the popular Christmas Carol Sing each December. The choir is open to men and women from 9th grade through adults. One of the reasons Choir has been successful is that new members have come forward over the years as other members have moved away or graduated from school and no longer sing with us. We always seek new members for any voice part: soprano, alto, tenor, or bass/baritone. This year we are especially in need of tenors.

During September rehearsals will be ‘open.’ If you are interested, just drop in on a Thursday evening rehearsal. This is a way to experience a typical choir rehearsal with no obligation. It is not required that you be able to read music. Questions? See our Parish Musician Stephen Powers after mass, or call him at 973•744•2850.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Choir Room of the Church

Mass: 10:30 a.m. Sunday and special events.