We are very excited to begin the new 2016-2017 season of music programs for our parish liturgies and celebrations. Thinking about joining one of the choirs? Or maybe you play an instrument? Whatever musical gifts and talents God has blessed you with, please join us! There are no auditions – YOU are most welcome! Please contact Mr. Ted Rybka at trybka@avilaparish.org or ext. 514 for more information about any of the music programs listed.

Adult Choir
Calling all sopranos, altos, tenors and basses! Since this is the main choral program of the parish, this eclectic chorale offers music in all styles primarily at the 10:00 am Sunday Liturgy, as well as other liturgical celebrations and major feasts. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:15 PM in the music room.

Instrumentalists
Play the violin or the guitar or the flute? How about the drums or maybe brass? Thinking about dusting off that clarinet and getting back into the swing of things? We are always looking for more instrumentalists of all kinds to offer their gifts and talents on a regular or seasonal basis—you decide! Rehearsals are scheduled as needed.

Cantors
Maybe you’ve had a little vocal or musical training? Or perhaps you’ve had some previous experience as a cantor, or even as a soloist? We are always looking for courageous “leaders of song” to help lead the congregation in prayerful song! Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 6:30 PM in the music room.

Cherub Choir
The Cherub Choir is offered for all children in Grades 1-5, and students from any school are welcome to participate. Rehearsals are held twice per month, and Mass is scheduled only once per month.

Joyful Noise Ensemble
This ensemble consists of junior high & senior high singers and musicians in Grades 6-12, and students from any school are welcome to participate. Service hours are also given to students who participate. Rehearsals are held twice per month, and Mass is scheduled only once per month.

Spirit Band
Do you play a brass instrument? This small brass ensemble accompanies the adult choir for special occasions or liturgical seasons throughout the year. This program also has an outreach ministry to nursing homes and hospitals, and plays for our parish festival and other community events. This program requires the more “seasoned” musician with at least some experience. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays at 7 PM in the music room.

Handbell Choir (NEW!)
Don’t like to sing? Don’t play an instrument but want to learn how to make music or learn something different? Our new Bell Choir will ring at Masses approximately every six weeks. You only need to know how to identify the notes on the page (the most basic music reading skills), and know how to count to four in music. You will be taught everything else as you go. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7 PM in the music room.

Resurrection Choir (NEW!)
Calling all retirees, stay-at-home parents, and daily Mass attendees! The new Resurrection Choir ministers to grieving families at parish funerals. Instead of sitting out in the pews at Mass, please consider coming forward to sit in the choir stalls and help lead the sung and spoken responses of the Mass. This program is considered an extension of the bereavement ministry of our parish. Anyone who is available weekdays or Saturdays is strongly encouraged to participate, and the participation schedule is extremely flexible. You do not need any prior singing experience. We just need folks from the congregation to sit together in the front and help lead the communal prayer, both the sung and spoken responses throughout the liturgy. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 11 AM in the church.

If you would like more information about any of our music ministry programs, please contact Mr. Ted Rybka at trybka@avilaparish.org or ext. 514. Please join us—We have something for everyone!