Is Music Ministry For You?
Director of Music: Lori Martin
616.676.9111 (Ext. 120)
Teen Mass: Mike Michaud (contact via Lori Martin)
Music Ministry opportunities are listed below. Schedules are posted for each group on the parish website for easy access.
Adult Chamber Choir (High School and up)
The Saint Robert of Newminster Chamber Choir is dedicated to celebrating the choral art as a living vibrant tradition in the Roman Catholic Church. Our membership consists of men and women from various musical backgrounds and a wide variety of professions. You do not need to read music, just love singing and be able to carry a tune. We meet every Wednesday evening for rehearsals and sing once a week at a Sunday morning Mass.
Teen Mass (Grades 6th – College)
This group leads all the music at the 6:00 pm Mass every Sunday and other special events during the year. All are invited to join us and experience harmony singing, cantoring, and having the opportunity to sing together as an ensemble. This group meets at 4:45 pm on Sundays before the 6:00 pm Mass. Come whenever you can join us!
St. Cecilia Choir (Grades *2 – 8th)
This choir provides a nurturing environment for young singers to realize their gift both individually and as a group. Children learn music theory, vocal techniques, and many styles of music. They also get the opportunity to cantor, announce songs and lead the congregation in song. They meet once a week and sing once a month at select Masses including Christmas Eve.
*2nd graders that are good readers can join this choir per director’s discretion.
Joyful Noise (Kindergarten – Grade 2)
The Joyful Noise choir provides a creative environment for children to experience their faith through song and movement and to share it with our parish community. They sing with the St. Cecilia choir on select Sundays once a month throughout the school year including Christmas Eve.
Children learn basic music theory, vocal techniques and many songs. Song sheets go home with students to practice. We meet once a week.
Newminster Ringers (8th grade and up)
This is a unique and fun ensemble that uses chimes and handbells. This ensemble is for music readers who want to explore making music as a group and love to build on new repertoire as musicians. They meet once a week and play at select Masses.
Chime Choir (3rd grade through 8th)
No experience necessary. Students learn basic note reading/rhythm skills and have fun playing songs and accompanying the Children’s Choirs. The Chime Choir meets once a week and plays at select Masses along with the Children’s Choirs.
Cantors – Leaders of Song/Psalmists
This is a ministry for those with strong singing voices and an ability to lead the congregation in song. It is an important leadership role in the liturgy. Anyone interested in the cantor program should contact Lori Martin.
If you play an instrument, you are encouraged to join us. Please contact Lori Martin to see which group you should join. Percussionists, guitarists, bass players, strings, brass and woodwinds are all encouraged to play. A variety of different instruments can add a whole new dimension to the musical life of a parish.
VBS Choir Participants
Character building, creativity and team work are built through the production of musical skits and leading VBS in their songs from stage. Skills and themes are interwoven to create a week of fun as well as growth! Open to students in grades 1-8. Please register through VBS. Space is limited to 12 students.
Internship in Church Music (HS-College)
This program is designed for the high school or college age students who are advanced in keyboard, guitar, or voice study and have an interest in the vocation of music ministry.