Music ministry is an integral part of worship at Saints JFX. We offer many opportunities for parishioners to enjoy vocal and instrumental music. Please consider raising your voice in praise in one of our many fabulous ensembles!
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Our Music Ministry Choirs
Saints JFX Choir
The St. Joseph and Francis Xavier Adult Choir is a soprano, alto, tenor, bass mixed ensemble that provides music every Sunday at either the 9:30 am mass at St. Francis Xavier Church, or the 10:30 am mass at St. Joseph Church. The parish choir sings a broad range of repertoire including chant, western classical, gospel and contemporary sacred music. While having previous musical training is encouraged, all voice types and abilities are welcome to join. Members include all ages from high school through seniors.
Under the direction of Jonathan Metzinger, John Hopkins and Al Engram, choir members develop expertise and a love for the complex rhythms and harmonies that characterize both traditional classical anthems as well as today's Gospel music genre. Al and our St. Joseph music director John Hopkins have been working together for over 35 years. Al grew up at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, recognized by the Illinois State Historical Society as the birthplace of gospel music. He has brought that love of gospel music to our choir and they have enthusiastically embraced both the rich traditional gospel style as well as contemporary Christian music. Jonathan's extensive background in both chant and classical music provides our choir with the wonderful opportunity to embrace our musical traditions.
The choirs usually alternate each week between the two locations. Rehearsals occur one hour before the scheduled mass time. For additional information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Come make a joyful noise unto the Lord. It's a lot of fun!
The Schola Cantorum is an ensemble comprised of highly trained vocalists that specializes in florid chant and Renaissance polyphony, among other challenging repertoire. This ensemble is admitted by audition only and is under the direction of Jonathan Metzinger.
Instrumentalists are always welcome to enhance liturgies with their musical gifts. If you have talent you wish to share, please contact our music directors by clicking the JOIN US button at the top of the page.