The Ensembles of SEAS

September through Christmas 2017 Preview

Below each ensemble description are a list of tenative dates for Mass participation.  These dates are only tentative and may change before rehearsals begin.  They are only meant to give an idea of commitment as you prayerfully discern which ensemble may be right for you.


This adult choral ensemble sings twice a month at the 10 a.m. Mass and on high holy days from September through Pentecost.  The choir sings up to four parts.  The ability to read music is recommended but not required.  Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7-9 p.m.  An audition is requested for proper voice placement.
Singing at 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted: September 17, October 8, October 22, November 1 (6:30 p.m.), November 2 (6:30 p.m.), November 12, November 26, December 7 (5:15 p.m.) , December 10, December 24 (4:30 p.m.), January 7

This 10-16 voice SATB choral ensemble sings one to two times a month at various Masses and on high holy days from September through Corpus Christi.  This choir sings much more difficult music and can sing up to 8 or more parts.  The ability to read music and independent score study outside rehearsal is required.  Rehearsals are Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.  Participation in this ensemble is by audition and invitation only.
Singing: October 1 (10 a.m.), October 22 (8 a.m.), October 31 (5:15 p.m.), November 12 (8 a.m.), December 8 (6:30 p.m.), December 25 (10 a.m.), January 7 (8 a.m.)

This ensemble of ten ringers plays a three-octave handbell set.  They ring one to two times a month and on high holy days from September through Pentecost.  The ability to read pitches is not required although rhythmic accuracy is necessary.  Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m.  No audition is necessary.
Ringing: September 24 (10 a.m.), October 8 (8 a.m.), October 22 (10 a.m.), November 5 (10 a.m.), November 26 (10 a.m.), December 17 (10 a.m.), December 25 (8 a.m.), December 31 (10 a.m.)

This vocal ensemble is comprised of student singers from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, grades 4-8.  They rehearse and sing twice monthly for the 1:15 p.m. school Mass on Wednesday and the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday at the church.  This group is named for St. Dominic Savio, a young student who died of an illness at age 14.  He accomplished holiness through daily tasks we ask of our SEAS students: Spirituality, Excellence, Academics, and Service.
Singing at Church at 10 a.m.: October 1, November 12, and December 10

This funeral ministry serves the seventy or more funerals a year at SEAS.  A “come-when-you-are-able” ministry, singers are notified of upcoming funerals with the date and time.  The choir rehearses in the St. Clare Room 45 minutes prior to the start of the funeral.  Each funeral is roughly a two-hour commitment from the start of rehearsal to the conclusion of the liturgy.  The only musical requirement is the ability to keep pitch.  No audition is necessary.

This ensemble plays music for the monthly Dominus Est! service.  “Dominus Est” is Latin for “It is the Lord!” and refers to the acclamation of the disciples in John 21:7.  The service is an hour of praise & worship, Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction, and the opportunity for sacramental Confession.  This ensemble rehearses one hour prior to the service.  Making music in a contemporary style, all kinds of instruments are welcome.  An audition for proper musical placement and the ability to quickly learn music is required.
2017-2018 services are Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted: August 22; September 26; October 24; November 28; MONDAY, December 18; January 30; February 27; March 20; April 24; May 29


Mr. Kellen O'Grady
Director of Liturgy & Music
651-437-4254, ext. 230