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Sacred Music

Sacred Music at SJB

Sacred Music at Saint John the Beloved is an integral part of the liturgy, ennobling the liturgical action of the Mass through the singing of Gregorian chant, which according to Vatican II should be given pride of place in liturgical services. In the 1903 papal document, Tra le sollecitudini, St. Pius X states that “Gregorian chant is the supreme model of Church music.” He also emphasizes that Sacred music must “possess in the highest degree the qualities which characterize the liturgy. In particular, it must possess holiness and beauty of form: from these two qualities a third will spontaneously arise-universality.” All liturgical music at St. John’s strives to embody these three principles for the glory of God and the sanctification of our parishioners.

The choirs at St. John the Beloved are trained to assist the sacred action through the singing of Gregorian chant and polyphonic motets. Each choir emphasizes importance of refining the sound that supports the liturgy, and opportunities are given in each choir to learn and grow in musicianship.

Parish Choir

A volunteer choir that sings twice a month for the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass with rehearsals at 9:30 a.m. Singers must be practicing Catholics willing to sing Gregorian chant and polyphonic music. Lessons on how to sing chant are provided at every rehearsal. Prior musical training is encouraged and an audition is required.

The Choir of Our Lady of Ephesus

A schola of girls from 7th-12th grade that rehearses every Sunday morning 9:15-10:20 a.m. and sing bi-weekly for the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Prior musical training is encouraged and an audition is required.

Saint Gregory Choir

A choir of professional voices (SATB) who sing regularly for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass at noon on Sundays. Rehearsals are held on some Thursday nights and auditions are required.

Sunday Treble Choir

A choir of students from the Saint John Academy that sing once a month for the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. Rehearsals start at 8:30 a.m. before Mass. Students who do not attend the Saint John Academy are also encouraged to join.

If you would like more information about each choir or interested in auditioning/joining, please email James Senson.

Music Office

  • Director of Music: Mr. James Senson
  • Director of Girls Schola: Miss Elizabeth Black
  • Saint Gregory Choir Director: Mr. Andrew Hill
  • Treble Choir Director: Miss Christine Laird