Church of the Immaculate Conception offers a comprehensive music ministry program for the parish including choirs covering Kindergarten through Adult. "Those who sing pray twice" is a guiding philosophy for the Vatican II parish music ministry program. Whether you sing from your pew or support the concert series or sing from the choir chairs, all are involved in the great gift of song.
The Chancel Choir (college to adult) presents music for worship and lead congregational singing at the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday. The choir also participates in special Liturgies and concerts. The Chancel Choir sings a wide range of sacred music including Gregorian chant, traditional and contemporary hymns, ancient and new choral music from a diversity of cultures. The choir is accompanied by organ, piano and guest instrumentalists and is directed by Preston Dibble. Choir members receive training in singing and music reading. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 7:30- 9:30PM in the Choir Room. The choir season normally runs from September to the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. New members are always welcome and no previous experience is necessary.
In February of 2011, members of the Chancel Choir toured Italy and performed for Liturgy at the the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome, presented a concert at the magnificent Church of St. Ignatius in Rome as well as performed in the presence of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. An August 2013 the Chancel Choir toured Ireland and presented music for Mass in Armagh, Galway and Dublin as well as a concert at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.
Music for Youth of the parish is the newest endeavor of the music ministry. This choir rehearses and offers music for Parish Liturgies on a project-based commitment level. Christmas, Good Friday stations and other selected times throughout the year feature the Youth Choir. For more information or to express interest in joining, please contact Kristin Roney: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherubs & Choristers
Immaculate Conception offers an exceptional music ministry program for children including classes in learning to play the hand chimes, handbells and two choirs: the Cherubs (grades K-3) and Choristers (grades 4-8). In addition, the oldest members of the Choristers receive training in becoming cantors. Classes in music skill building, handchimes and handbells and Children’s Choir rehearsals take place on Wednesday afternoons and are team-taught between Kristin Roney and Preston Dibble. Participants receive training in singing, music-reading, liturgy and fellowship, and in playing percussion instruments and handbells. A number of parent volunteers assist Preston Dibble in the direction of the children's choirs and help to provide a wonderful environment for the children to learn together. They sing at Family Liturgies, archdiocesan festivals and at other special events throughout the year.
Cantors lead the congregation in song during weekend Masses, Holy Days, weddings, funerals and special Liturgies. Immaculate Conception’s cantors have received training in singing and music-reading and work with Preston Dibble in preparation for each Mass they sing. Archdiocesan cantor training is also provided for all parish cantors.
Saint Cecilia Music Class
The Saint Cecilia Music Class is a 45 min family style music class that welcomes children ages 5 months to 3 years of age with their adults. Parents, caretakers, and grandparents are all welcome! Please check back in September for our starting date. Class is free offered by the parish. Please contact Kristin Roney: email@example.com