“It is in learning music that many hearts learn love.” ~ Anonymous
It is almost impossible to imagine a Sunday Mass or great feast of our liturgical year without music. Music has the power to color our celebrations, and serves to carry our spirits to the heavens, inspiring prayer of the highest order. For many, nothing brings forth wonderful memories like great music.
The wide variety of music ministries at St. Ann’s are here to serve Our Lord at a wide variety of liturgical celebrations, and in a wide variety of ways. Whatever your background, language, or cultural tradition, we hope that we can help you connect with God through the great gift of music.
Additionally, we hope that we can get you involved! Our ministries are growing, and we’d love for you to be a part of it. Check out the descriptions below to find out how you can get involved, even if it’s just finding a comfortable spot in your pew and enjoying the beauty of sacred music. At all times, keep a song in your heart!
Zack Ross, Director of Liturgical Music
Clink on the links below for more information about the various musical and liturgical ministries at St. Ann’s
Choral Opportunities for Adults
Choir of Adults — The St. Ann Choir
Director: Zack Ross
The St. Ann Choir is our primary choir which serves the English-Speaking community at the 11:00am Masses on Sundays, as well as at other solemnities and feasts throughout the liturgical year. The choir offers a broad range of music from the greater Christian tradition, while still presenting from the wealth of music of our own Catholic tradition.
The St. Ann Choir rehearses on most Monday evenings at 7:00pm in Room 207 of the Learning Center. Please contact Zack Ross at email@example.com or (919) 934-2084 (x. 222) for more information about joining.
Choral Opportunities for Children
Choir of Children — The St. Cecilia Choir
Director: Zack Ross
Our choir of children which ministers primarily to the English-Speaking community is known as the St. Cecilia Choir. All children currently studying in First Grade through Eighth Grade, or their equivalents, are welcome to be involved. The St. Cecilia Choir typically rehearses on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm, in Room 207 of the Learning Center. Please contact Zack Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 934-2084 (x. 222) if your child would like to be involved.
The St. Cecilia Choir is currently on break, and will resume rehearsals at a later date. The rehearsal schedule will be posted here.
The Bell Choir offers their gifts at selected liturgies throughout the Fall and Spring seasons, and plays on a two-octave set of tonechimes. Due to the collaborative nature of the instrument, it is typically not possible to join after rehearsals for a given season begin. If you are interested in joining this wonderful group, please contact Zack Ross at email@example.com, or (919) 934-2084 (x. 222)
The music ministry welcomes any and all who are proficient with their given instrument to offer their gifts to the glory of God during our liturgical celebrations. If you are interested in offering your musical gift for celebrations in English, please contact Zack Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (919) 934-2084 (x. 222). The music ministry reserves the right to request an audition.
The Ministry of Cantor and Psalmist
The Ministry of Cantor is a liturgical role whose prominence has been re-asserted in our tradition. The cantor serves as the primary leader of sung prayer and hymn-singing at many liturgies. Additionally, cantors are typically called upon to lead the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation, even when the choir is present.
The Masses in English which are served by a cantor alone are:
- 4:30pm on Saturdays
- 8:00am on Sundays
- 7:00pm on Sundays
The Ministry of Cantor is a spiritual one as well as a musical one. Cantors are not performers, but leaders of song and prayer. Spiritual maturity such that a person understands this difference is essential to the ministry. However, a certain level of musical aptitude is absolutely essential.
Anyone interested in serving as a cantor is to contact Zack Ross at email@example.com or (919) 934-2084 (x. 222). The music ministry reserves the right to request auditions and interviews with the prospective cantor.
Opportunities in Spanish
More information coming soon.
Mr. Zackary Ross
Director of Liturgical Music
Easter III through Corpus Christi
Adult Choir Practice Files
“You practice and you get better. It’s very simple” ~ Phillip Glass