Our mission is to serve our parish community by providing the best music possible, enhancing our prayer, and giving glory to God our Creator. We seek to provide music that is appropriate for Catholic liturgy, engaging our assembly in full and active participation in responses, acclamations and inspired songs. To us, each rehearsal and Mass is an opportunity to serve Christ by serving the people of St. Joachim. With God's help, and the prayers of this community, we hope that our ministry will strengthen the faith of all who enter St. Joachim Church.
This group consists of a full SATB vocal choir accompanied by guitar, piano, bass and violin. The repertoire is a healthy combination of traditional and contemporary Catholic music. This group rehearses every Tuesday evening from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM and again 1 hour before mass each week.
Evening Youth Choir
Evening Youth Choir
Using the latest music from Catholic youth ministry repertoire as well as some retro-fitted traditional Catholic music, this choir brings a youthful vitality to the Mass. It is similar to the morning choral group in terms of voice and instruments, but with more percussion/rhythm. This group rehearses from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM every Tuesday evening and again 1 hour before mass each week.
St. Joachim Student Choir
St. Joachim Student Choir
Although this choir is primarily made up of students from St Joachim's school, all children grades 4-8 are welcome to participate. Rehearsals take place in the weeks prior to each Student Choir mass which happens about every 6 weeks. Students currently sing at the following 10 AM Masses: Catechetical Sunday, All Saints Day, Christmas Eve, Catholic Schools week, Second Sunday of Lent, and the Fourth Sunday of Easter. See bulletin for rehearsal information or contact Andrew Everson: PH (949) 574-7400 ext 8313, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
These musical ensembles cater to the Spanish-speaking community. Like the other choral groups at St. Joachim, they consist of voices and mostly stringed instruments. More info en Español press the Español button on the top right of this page.
Over the course of each liturgical year musicians from Spanish- and English-speaking communities gather to help us all celebrate some of the best bilingual masses anywhere! Thanksgiving Day, Holy Thursday, Easter Vigil and the annual Confirmation mass are among the liturgies celebrated in both languages.
Let us help you make your special occasion even more memorable by enhancing it with music! While most occasions make use of an accompanist (Piano/Organ/Guitar) and a Cantor, we can put together many different ensembles to mark your big day. Contact Andrew Everson at: 949-574-7400 X8313 or email@example.com
MUSIC MINISTRY QUESTIONS
If you have the desire to serve our Lord, and play some sort of instrument and/or sing, the music ministry at St. Joachim is the place for you. On this page you will find answers to some common questions regarding music ministry at St. Joachim. Feel free to scroll down and find the question which you may have as well as the answer!
Morning Choir (10:00 mass) and Evening Choir (5:00 Sundays) rehearse together every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Music-Room, adjacent to the Kindergarten on the lower floor of Shea Hall. We rehearse again 1 hour before mass each week.
For St. Joachim Student Choir, please see the bulletin or contact Andrew Everson for details (949) 574-7400 ext 8313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
No. Although being able to read music is a big help, it is not a requirement. Many musicians in our group find other ways to learn the repertoire, usually by bringing a recording device with them to rehearsal. We also have a rehearsal web site where each week’s rehearsal is recorded and posted so that members can log in to review material for mass each week.
Generally, yes, although some exceptions can be made for musicians who are experienced and can be relied upon to do the necessary work in preparing for a given mass. New musicians to the choir should attend all rehearsals in order learn the repertoire so they can properly serve at the Mass and get to know the people and the system. Those aspiring to perform solo work should endeavor to make rehearsal a strong priority.
Generally, no. Although some instruction regarding sight-singing is done during the year, the primary focus of the groups is to prepare material for the Mass celebration and other events throughout the year. Vocalists can join the choir with no prior musical training, though they should seek out some professional vocal instruction if they are serious about singing. Instrumentalists need to be reasonably competent on their chosen instrument.
Officially we can only take those over the age of 18 into the choirs, however on rare occasions we can accept an exceptionally talented youth as long as they can responsibly handle the task and as long as they are accompanied by a legal guardian at all rehearsals/masses.