Music Ministry Information
The Music Ministry at All Saints Church is a vibrant, volunteer-centered program that serves the parish community in all aspects of liturgical life. The choral and handbell choirs maintain an active rehearsal and liturgy schedule, which seeks to provide music of the highest possible quality for our parish liturgies.
The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy reminds us that “The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy” (CSL, 112). The liturgy is, in turn, at the heart of our Catholic Faith. The members of our music ministry participate in the program in service to the parish through the spirit of Christian Stewardship: Time, Talent and Treasure.
The following list contains information about each of our parish choirs and ensembles and contact information for the corresponding directors.
The Parish Choir sings for the 11:30 Mass each Sunday, Christmas Midnight Mass, the Great Easter Vigil, and for other feast days and special liturgies throughout the year. The Choir’s repertoire covers the entire range of traditional Catholic liturgical music. At this time, we have openings in all voice parts. Contact director Tim Lewicki at (703) 393-2146 or email@example.com. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Click on the following link for the rehearsal and liturgy schedule for the current season: Parish Choir Schedule – Fall 2015
The Contemporary Choir sings on Saturdays for the 5:30pm Mass and rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00pm, September to June. Directed by Cathy Drummond, the Choir offers a mixture of contemporary Catholic styles with piano and guitar accompaniment. Contact Cathy Drummond at 703-335-1741 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We welcome new musicians!
Young People’s Choir
Directed by Nichole Reynolds, the Young People’s Choir sings for the 9:30am Mass every 2nd and 4th Sunday from October to June. The choir rehearses from 5-6 pm two Tuesdays a month, and meets at 8:45 am before each Mass they sing. Children in grades 3-8 from all schools as well as home-schooled are invited. For information on joining, please contact Nichole Reynolds at email@example.com.
The Spanish Choirs
The two Spanish Choirs cordially invite all men and women who like to sing in Spanish or can play appropriate instruments. Please come to any Sunday 1:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. Mass and introduce yourself.
The Teen Music group provides a mix of contemporary Christian worship songs and traditional Catholic liturgical music at the Sunday 5:30 Teen Mass during the youth group year. The music group practices at 4:30pm in the Church before Mass. Those of high school age and above are welcome to join! Please contact our director, Laura Loker, at 703-231-0398 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Handbell Choir: Resounding Joy
Adults interested in this unique way of praising God and adding a special touch to our liturgies, please contact Kathryn Moore at (703) 346-0500 or email@example.com. No musical experience needed. We will give you all the knowledge needed to participate. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm, and the choir plays once a month at Mass and on special occasions.
Parish cantors are selected through a process of audition and interview with the Director of Music. Because this is a specialized ministry, music reading and voice training are highly recommended. For further information or to schedule an audition, please contact Tim Lewicki at (703) 393-2146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The All Saints Handbell Choir cordially invites you to participate in our ongoing Buy-a-Bell Campaign. This is your opportunity to share in supporting the church community by sponsoring one of the bells used by the handbell choirs. Bells come in various sizes and price ranges. Please contact Kathryn Moore at (703) 346-0500 for further information.