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Music ministry is an important part of Parish life at St. Mary. The Second Vatican Council teaches that

“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, §112).

At St. Mary, we strive to follow all the directives on sacred music given to us by Holy Mother Church, and where these lack we look to Her Sacred Tradition for guidance. Below, you will find a list of the various current and future music ministries at St. Mary. If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please
Contact Trevor Rowland.  or 301-739-0390 ext 119

Adult Choir

The foundation of sacred music in any Parish, aside from the priest and the faithful singing their parts, should be the Parish choir. The main choral ensemble at St. Mary is the adult choir and is a mixed choir (men and women), open to anyone college-aged or older.  Most of the repertoire is drawn from the Church’s rich patrimony of sacred polyphony, as well as modern compositions in the sacred style.

The choir currently sings motets at Offertory and/or Communion for the 11:00 am Mass every week, from the Sunday after Labor Day until either the Sunday before Memorial Day or Pentecost Sunday (whichever is later).

Rehearsals are in the John Bosco room in Fatima Hall.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:15-8:30.

Sunday warm-up starts at 10:30 AM.

Contact Trevor Rowland.  or 301-739-0390 ext 119

Men’s and Women’s Scholae

The Second Vatican Council also teaches that “The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services” (SC §116), and that “steps should be taken so that the faithful may also be able to say or to sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them” (SC §54). To this end, we will be forming a men’s schola and women’s schola (from the Latin schola cantorum, meaning “school for singers”) to sing primarily Gregorian chant.

Rehearsals are in the John Bosco room in Fatima Hall
The Men’s and Women’s Scholas sing for the 8:00 Sunday Mass from the beginning of September through the end of May, alternating every other week.

The Women’s Schola rehearses every other Wednesday, from 5:30-6:00 pm.

The Men’s Schola rehearses every other Wednesday, from 8:30-9:00 pm.

Sunday warm-up starts at 7:30 AM.

Contact Trevor Rowland.  or 301-739-0390 ext 119

Cantors

The cantor is traditionally a member of the choir who leads both choir and congregation by intoning and by singing more difficult solo repertoire, such as the Responsorial Psalm. Cantors should be able to read music and sing confidently by themselves. Although cantoring is far from performance, cantors should be able to lead the congregation in singing, as well. Cantors meet with the director and/or accompanist once during the week that they sing, as well as half an hour before Mass.

Contact Trevor Rowland.  or 301-739-0390 ext 119

Folk Group 

Our folk group is called SMILE. Saint Mary Integrated Lyrical Ensemble 
Teresa Maloney-Smith has been volunteering her time, leadership, and musical talent for many years as the coordinator of the folk group at St. Mary. The folk group consists of guitars and other instruments (flute, violin, etc.) as well as many singers. They practice on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm and play for the 9:30 am Sunday Mass.  Practice is in the Music room at St Mary School
Contact: Teresa Maloney-Smith  301-992-5814