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Music Ministries

Our parish has 5 activities that support our sacraments with beautiful music: the Traditional Choir sings three Sundays a month at the 9:30 a.m. Mass and practices on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until about 9:15 p.m. It is open to everyone from high school age and older. The Teen Choir sings once or twice a month at the 11:00 a.m. Mass and sometimes for special occasions. The Children's Choir sings about once a month and also for special occasions. The Resurrection Choir sings at the funerals in the parish (contact; Marty Cunningham 891-4226). They practice on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. The Contemporary Music Ensemble sings at the Sunday 6pm Mass. They practice prior to the Mass at 5:00 p.m. (contact Paul Kindt 697-9208).

Holy Week Music


Title
Vere Languores
O Vos Omnes by Jachet of Mantua
Regina Caeli by Aichinger
Adoramus Te by Gasparini

Christmas

Title
Come Let's Rejoice by Amner

Calling All Singers!

Like to sing? Have a decent voice? Want to learn more about singing and about sacred music? Think about joining the St. Gertrude adult choir!

Who: Anyone high school age and older.
When: Rehearsals Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm (beginning September 7).
The choir will sing at the 9:30am Sunday Mass, major holidays and feast days.
Where: Choir room in Parish Center.

More info? Email Catherine Fishlock at musicdirector@stgertrude.org.

Why should you join the choir?

Choir Workshop

One day retreat/workshop: The Sung Liturgy

Given by Fr. Michael O’Connor, O.P. Saturday, October 10, 8:00am-5:30pm. St. Gertrude Parish Center, NO charge. This is open to anyone interested in learning more about music for the liturgy. Fr. Michael O’Connor is a professor at Providence College and is a gifted liturgical musician, singer, and organist. He will be giving four lectures all pertaining to sacred music, its role in the liturgy and the importance of singing the Mass, not just singing at Mass.

Coffee and doughnuts provided but each attendee must supply their own lunch. For more information, contact Catherine Fishlock at 513-368-8191.

Calling All Teens and Adults! - Adult Choir

The St. Gertrude adult choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, the 9th of September. We meet in the parish center choir room from 7-9 on Wednesdays. We sing the 9:30 Mass on Sunday but are off on the first Sunday of the month. The choir also sings Christmas Eve, Holy Week and Easter and other prominent feasts. Men especially are needed and high school youth are strongly encouraged to join and bring singing moms and dads along with them!!

Music Ministry

Singing Men of St. Gertrude’s ― the Church needs you!

Contributing your time and talent to singing in the church choir is much more than just being active in your church community or taking part in an activity. We are in great need of tenors and basses in our Parish choir and so I am asking any men (high school and older) who are able to carry a tune, are known to have a nice sounding voice, or have any choral experience to prayerfully consider joining the choir. ( Don't take too long though, because I need you now!)

Advent Concert

Advent seems to becomes the busiest time of the year for many of us so here is an opportunity to slow down and spend an evening contemplating the great mystery of the Incarnation. We invite you to join the St. Gertrude adult choir and the Dominican novices for an evening of beautiful Advent carols, chants, hymns, and readings. The program will also include several guest string players from the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra joining some very talented young musicians from our parish.

The program will take place on Friday, December 12 at 7:00pm in the church. FREE and open to the public. A reception will follow in the St. Dominic Lobby.

Entrance Antiphons for Advent

Singing the Entrance Antiphons for Advent. The holy season of Advent begins next week! A most wonderful part of Advent is the great sense of anticipation that the season brings. The Church provides us with a beautiful rhythm of the liturgical year that, when fully integrated into our lives, influences every aspect of who we are as Catholic people.

With different times of the year there are different aspects of the liturgy that reflect the season. For example, during Advent and Lent the Gloria is omitted from the Mass and during Lent we do not sing or say the word “Alleluia.” These practices reflect the more meditative, repentant spirit of waiting and spiritual preparation that characterizes these times of year.

Beginning next weekend, the first Sunday of Advent, the choir and cantors will be singing the entrance antiphon, also called the introit or in the Dominican tradition, the officium. Daily Mass goers will be familiar with this practice. The introit will be sung for each of the Sundays during Advent. These chants are scriptural texts taken largely from the psalms. This is a continuation of the ancient practice of singing the psalms as the priestly procession approaches the altar. These beautiful texts are given to us by the Church and are specific to each particular Sunday. They aid in building the anticipation that leads us forward to Bethlehem and helps us to prepare for the great mystery of the Incarnation.

Choir Practice

Openings for all Voice parts in Adult Choir (Men Needed Most!)

If you have any choral experience or can read music (even a little) please consider joining the adult choir. Try it just through Christmas! We rehearse from 7:15-9:00pm on Wednesday evenings and the Dominican novices will be joining us for an Advent program of Advent carols, chants and instrumental music. We’d love to have you! Please contact Catherine Fishlock through the Parish Office or 513-368-8191.

Open Choir Rehearsal and Potluck Dinner

It’s another fun evening of food and singing! If you have any interest in trying out the adult choir, please join us for a potluck dinner and open rehearsal. Rehearsal will run just like our regular weekly rehearsal to give anyone interested an opportunity to see how we work, and if the choir might be the right place for you to serve God and the church!

When: Wednesday, October 8
Time: Dinner 5:30-7:00pm, Rehearsal 7:15-9:00pm
Where: Parish Center lobby and choir room

Choir Open Practice & Pot Luck

Pot luck dinner and open choir rehearsal!

Interested in singing in the adult choir? Please join us for a pot-luck dinner and open rehearsal in the Parish Center on Wednesday, September 17 starting at 5:30pm. After dinner and some social time, we will move to the choir room for an open rehearsal for anyone interested to see how rehearsals are run, what kinds of things we work on in a regular rehearsal and if it might be a good fit for you!

Please RSVP to Catherine Fishlock at schoolofish@cinci.rr.com by Sunday, September 14.

Children's Choir


The Children’s Choir will be starting their weekly practices on Wednesday Sept. 10th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Parish Center Music Room.

Please contact Catherine Fishlock for more information.
Permission Form is attached.

Choir Rehearsal

The adult choir will begin regular rehearsals on Wednesday September 4. We rehearse every Wednesday night from 7:30-9:15 in the Parish Center Lobby.

Note: The location has changed until the Music Room becomes available again.

Choir Vocal Workshop

The choir is holding a vocal workshop on the 3rd Saturday of the month starting at 9 am in the PC Music Room.

Marian Devotional Concert

Join us for a Marian Devotional Concert - "Ave Maria, Queen of Heaven".

Sunday, May 20 at 4:00pm in the Church.

The Dominican Novices will be joining the Regina Caeli Schola Cantorum under the direction of Catherine Fishlock.

Contact Name(s): 
Catherine Fishlock
Contact Phone Number(s): 
561-5954