"An authentic updating of sacred music can take place only in the lineage of
the great tradition of the past, of Gregorian Chant and sacred polyphony."
— Pope Benedict XVI, 2006
David Pedersen, M.Mus.
The adult choir is a mixed ensemble that leads the congregation in the
singing of the Ordinary and the Propers as well as other choral music
at the 11:00 high mass on Sundays and other feasts. The ensemble
consists of both men and women as well as older children who are at
least of junior high age. The choir's repertoire includes Gregorian
Chant, polyphony and motets, as well as other English hymns and
liturgical songs. In weekly rehearsals, singers refine choral singing
techniques, sight-reading and musicianship. Choir members are
expected to improve their abilities in reading both chant notation and
Many opportunities exist for the children of St. Joseph's to
participate in music. The youngest singers participate in our pre-K
through 2nd grade choir. This ensemble experience teaches young
children the foundations of music making. In rehearsals, participants
learn proper singing techniques, ear training, how to read music and
musicianship. The repertoire emphasizes Gregorian Chant and English
hymnody, and the children sing periodically at various masses and
Older children participate in the 3rd through 6th grade choir, where
they continue to refine their skills as vocal musicians through the
study of choral techniques and musical artistry. Rehearsals emphasize
tone quality and expressive singing. Gregorian Chant and other sacred
music selections in English and Latin forms the repertoire of this
ensemble, and the choir sings multiple times each month at mass.
For more information on the sacred music program at St. Joseph's, or
to inquire about joining a choir, please contact David Pedersen.