Music at St. Gabriel includes opportunities for singers, instrumentalists, children and adults, those who are experienced and those who are learners. They include those who participate by sharing their gifts, and also those who listen. All are welcomed to join in the music that is an expression of faith, a part of the prayer of the Church.
Please consider the following groups that welcome long-time members and newcomers as well.
The Parish (adult) Choir sings from September through June at the Sunday 10:45 am Mass, as well as for Holy Days, special observances such as Christmas and Holy Week. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from September through June at 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm. Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact the music director. The choir sings a variety of choral music from the treasury of the sacred music tradition.
The Children’s Choir (2nd grade through Middle School) rehearses on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, and sings once a month at 9:00 am Mass. They are encouraged to develop basic singing and music reading skills. All children who would like to sing are welcome. Please contact the music director to sign up.
New Spirit Ensemble
The New Spirit group sings primarily from the “Spirit and Song” hymnal, and features a variety of contemporary music accompanied by piano and guitar. They sing at the Sunday 5:00 pm Mass, and rehearse on Sundays at 3:30 pm. Newcomers are welcome. Please contact Dawn Broom, or the Music Director to join.
The Alegria Music Ensemble sings at the Sunday 6:30 pm Mass in Spanish, and rehearses at 5:00 pm on Sundays. Manuel Esquivel leads the group, which welcomes singers and instrumentalists alike.
The Handbell Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm, and plays once a month at either 9:00 am Mass or the Saturday 5:00 pm Mass. Basic music reading skills and coordination skills required to play in this ensemble. The Handbell Choir comprises 12-15 players, and is open to adults and young adults alike. Training provided in the context of rehearsal. Newcomers are welcome, please contact the music director.
Lead congregational singing at weekend masses, especially the responsorial psalm. Cantors should be experienced singers, with a pleasant voice and a welcoming presence. Audition with director of music required. Basic music reading skills are important. Training offered.
Violin, flute, oboe, trumpet, guitar, cello, piano, organ, percussion, and other instruments are welcome to participate in the liturgy as part of a musical ensemble, as an accompanist or soloist. If you play an instrument, please contact the music director and find out how you can share your gifts.