Director of Music Ministry:
“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord”- Ephesians 5:19
Our weekend Eucharistic celebrations are the summit and source of who we are as Catholics. It is the culmination of our past week, our sustenance and nourishment for the next. Through it we are formed in how to live each day of our lives. Musical prayer at these liturgies is an integral component, and thus we place high importance on developing a music ministry that is rich with quality, leadership, enthusiasm and participation. All are welcome!
Our Music Ministry has a strong community of singers whose devotion shines through in our sung liturgy. Through their participation, choir members gain a terrific sense of community and involvement. Membership in our choirs is open to all interested singers.
Saturday 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass – St. James Collective
The St. James Collective is a Praise and Worship group serving at the Saturday 5 p.m. Mass featuring singers, guitars, violin, piano, bass, and drums. The Collective ministers year-round at the Saturday 5 p.m. Mass and at various other Liturgies throughout the Liturgical Year.
For more information or to book the SJ Collective, please contact Tam Conseur.
7:00 a.m. Mass – Cantor/Accompanist
8:30 a.m. Mass – Traditional Choir with Organ
The Gallery Choir is our traditional choir serving at the 8:30AM Sunday liturgy. Accompanied by organ, the choir sings a wide variety of music ranging from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and selections from modern Choral Repertoire. The Gallery Choir ministers year-round. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. All rehearsals are held in the Church Music Room.
For more information or to get involved in The Gallery Choir, please contact Tam Conseur, Director of Music and Liturgy.
10:00 a.m. Mass – Contemporary Choir
The 10:00 Choir is a contemporary ensemble serving at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday liturgy. Accompanied by piano and other instruments (drums, bass, guitar, etc.), the choir sings a variety of music from praise and worship and gospel to classic choral literature. The 10:00 a.m. Choir ministers year-round. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. All rehearsals are held in the Church Music Room.
For more information or to get involved in the 10:00 Choir, please contact Tam Conseur, Director of Music and Liturgy.
11:30 a.m. Mass – Contemporary Choir
The 11:30 Choir gives praise to God through both lively and prayerful worship music. Accompanied by piano, guitar, drums, and percussion, the choir sings primarily contemporary music with some occasional traditional songs, as well. The 11:30 Choir ministers year-round. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
For more information or to get involved in the 11:30 Choir, please contact John Towner through the parish office, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 5 p.m. Mass – Praise & Worship Small Group
The Praise & Worship Small Group for Sunday 5 p.m. Masses features music from contemporary worship with two cantors, guitar, and piano. The Sunday 5 p.m. Mass also features the both the Teen and Middle School Ensembles who sing once a month making it a spirit-filled mass that brings the youth to the forefront and showcases the diverse talents of our young people.
St. James Children’s Choir Will Meet Virtually
The Children’s Choir is open to boys and girls, grade 2-5. Typically we would sing at Mass twice each month. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the choir will meet virtually (using Zoom) to learn music, sing and pray together. Our goal is to praise God with our voices and have fun together, while hoping we can sing together in-person in the near future.
Contact Natalie Conseur at email@example.com to register your child for the 2020-21 school year, or if you have any questions.
SJ Middle School Ensemble #M.E. – Contemporary Choir
M.E. is comprised of middle school singers and instrumentalists who rehearse Thursdays from 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the School Band Room, and one hour prior to the Sunday, 5 p.m. Mass, September – May. Musicians learn a variety of musical styles related to the seasons of the church year including chant, hymns, traditional choral repertoire and praise and worship. M.E. sings once per month at the Parish Sunday 5 p.m. Mass, participates in the Christmas Eve Mass, American Federation Pueri Cantores Choral Festival and Mass (a Catholic Youth Festival held annually in Chicago), at select SJS Masses, SJS Variety Show, Parish Living Stations, and in service on mission and retreats.
For more information, please contact Mrs. Mary McDermott, firstname.lastname@example.org
“When you seek ME with all your heart, I will let you find ME”!
~ Jeremiah 29:13-14 ~
Teen Ensemble – Contemporary Choir
The St. James Teen Ensemble enlivens the Sunday 5:00 p.m. liturgy with songs of praise and worship. This group of high school singers and instrumentalists typically sings once per month with a couple of practices in between on Sunday afternoons. The music we sing is chosen from the latest contemporary worship songs – songs that help build up our faith. We aim to sing for God with hearts for God! For more information or to get involved in the Teen Ensemble, please contact John Towner through the parish office, or send an email to email@example.com.