Music Ministry

Contact


Daniel A. Victoor,
 Director of Music Ministry,
 (716) 688-5678, Ext. 308

Regular Vocal Ensembles

The Regular Vocal Ensembles provide an opportunity for members of the parish community to participate in Music Ministry as vocalists on a regular basis.

The Cantors provide vocal leadership for the various liturgies that do not have ensembles. The Cantors serve as leaders of song and as psalmists.  The Cantors provide a foundation from which an ensemble based music ministry program can grow.

The Full of Grace 'FOG' Contemporary Ensemble provides musical leadership during the 5:30 pm Saturday Mass twice a month from September to June.  This is a vocal and instrumental ensemble that is open to new members.

The One Way Home 'OWH' Contemporary Ensemble provides musical leadership during the 5:30 pm Saturday Mass twice a month from September to June.  This is a vocal and instrumental ensemble.

The Children Choir for Sunday Mass (Grades 2-8) provides musical leadership during the 9:30 am Sunday Mass once a month from September to June.  This vocal ensemble is open to children in Grades 2-8 and it rehearses on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm.

The High School Choir provides musical leadership during the 9:30 am Sunday Mass twice a month from September to June.  This vocal ensemble is open to high school students and it rehearses just before Mass.

The 9:30 am Adult Ensemble provides musical leadership during the 9:30 am Sunday Mass twice a month from September to June.  This vocal and instrumental ensemble generally sings in unison and is open to new members.

The 11:00 am Adult Choir provides musical leadership during the 11:00 am Sunday Mass from September to June. This vocal ensemble generally sings in four parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) and is open to adults.  This vocal ensemble rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm.

The Glory Beats Young Adult Ensemble provides musical leadership during the 4:30 pm Sunday Mass throughout the year on the last Sunday of the month.  This vocal and instrumental ensemble is open to young adults and it rehearses before Mass from 3:15 pm until 4:15 pm.

The 4:30 pm Worship Ensemble provides musical leadership during the 4:30 pm Sunday Mass throughout the year except the last Sunday of the month.  This is a vocal and instrumental ensemble.

The Boy Choir for School Mass (Grades 5-8) provides musical leadership once a month during the 8:00 am Thursday School Mass throughout the School Year.  This vocal ensemble is open to boys in Grades 5-8 who attend St. Gregory the Great School and it rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from 1:20 pm until 1:50 pm.

The Girl Choir for School Mass (Grades 5-8) provides musical leadership once a month during the 8:00 am Thursday School Mass throughout the School Year.  This vocal ensemble is open to girls in Grades 5-8 who attend St. Gregory the Great School and it rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from 2:15 pm until 3:15 pm.

Seasonal Vocal Ensembles

The Seasonal Vocal Ensembles provide an opportunity for members of the parish community to participate in Music Ministry as vocalists on a short term basis.

The Thanksgiving Day Choir provides musical leadership during the 9:00 am Thanksgiving Day Mass.  This choir is open to children, adults, and entire families and it rehearses from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm on the two Tuesday evenings before Thanksgiving Day.

The Choir for the Mass at Midnight for Christmas provides musical leadership for the Mass at Midnight for Christmas with a prelude program beginning at 11:30 pm.  This vocal ensemble rehearses from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Tuesday evenings beginning in October with a final rehearsal from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm on the last Tuesday before Christmas Eve.

The Easter Triduum Choir provides musical leadership during the Holy Thursday Evening Mass, the Good Friday Celebration of the Lord's Passion, and the Easter Vigil Mass.  This vocal ensemble rehearses from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Tuesday evenings during Lent with a final rehearsal from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm on the Tuesday of Holy Week.

The Confirmation Choir provides musical leadership during the two Confirmation Masses in the spring.  This vocal ensemble is open to high school students and adults.

The Mission Music Ensemble provides musical leadership during Mission which occurs once a year during the summer.  This ensemble is open to people who have made Mission.

Instrumental Ensembles

The Instrumental Ensembles provide an opportunity for members of the parish community to participate in Music Ministry as instrumentalists on a short term basis.

The Hand Bell Choir provides musical assistance during Mass periodically throughout the year.  This ensemble usually assists during the Mass at Midnight for Christmas, the Holy Thursday Evening Mass, and the Easter Vigil  Mass.  This ensemble generally rehearses on Tuesday evenings and is open to new members who can read music.

The Brass Ensemble provides musical assistance during Mass periodically throughout the year.  The Brass Ensemble usually assists during the Mass at Midnight for Christmas, the Holy Thursday Evening Mass and the Easter Vigil Mass.

Director of Music Ministry

Daniel Victoor has been the Director of Music Ministry since August, 2001.  He has a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec where he was concentrating in vocal studies.  He has served as the Director of Liturgical Music with Wadhams Hall Seminary College and St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg, New York.  He was also an Instructor of Music at Wadhams Hall Seminary College.  Previous experience has been with his home parish in Villeneuve, Alberta followed by other churches in Montreal, Toronto, and North Bay, Ontario. He was located through the hard and dedicated work of a search committee.

Links

National Association of Pastoral Musicians
Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians