Music Ministry

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For questions about the parish music ministry program,

please contact Cecilia K. Shinn, Director of Music, in the Parish Office.

Adult Choirs: 9th Grade Youth to AdultIMG_0012








Director: Cecilia K. Shinn

St. Clare Parish has two adult choirs that serve a substantial need by ministering at the 9 and 11 a.m. Masses each Sunday. These choirs, open to ninth grade youth through adults, utilize a variety of instruments to accompany the singers. The adult choirs hold combined rehearsal on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in the church, and periodically combine for weekend and special Masses. Singers and instrumentalists are welcome to participate in either of these choirs. Please call the Music Ministry Office to schedule an orientation interview with our music director.


Contemporary Music Group: 9th Grade Youth to Adult; by AuditionDSC_0233

Director: Cecilia K. Shinn; Co-Directors: Paul Cotter & Dan Tragni

High school students and adults are encouraged to participate in our Contemporary Music Group that ministers at the 5:30 p.m. Mass each week. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. in the Church. Because of the nature of this group, please call the Music Ministry Office to inquire or schedule an audition.

Adult Ensemble (Las Marimbas)_DSC3715

Directors: Larry Weis and Kathy Pittman

The Adult Ensemble seeks to serve the parish as the bridge between traditional and contemporary music. Because of the nature of this group, please call the Music Ministry Office to inquire or schedule an audition.


Handbell Choir (St. Clare Ringers): 4th Grade through Adults

Director: Cecilia K. Shinn

The Handbell Choir serves at assigned Masses once a month throughout the year (except in November, January and March). This group plays all styles of music from traditional to contemporary and often collaborates with other groups on Sundays and for Christmas and Easter. While the ability to read music is a plus, it is not required. In fact, several of our ringers did not read music when they first started ringing but have learned basic skills along the way. We are always in need of sub ringers and are currently looking to fill a permanent ringer position. Rehearsals take place on select Thursdays throughout the year, based on availability of the group. Children in junior high or younger must be accompanied by an adult to all rehearsals and Masses / events.


Special Choirs: Kindergarten to AdultIMG_0010

Director: Kelley Van Slooten

Caroler Choir and Cherub Choir, separate groups, provide an opportunity for young members of our community to begin exercising their gifts in service to the people of God along with people of all ages. Geared for families and individuals alike, these choirs minister at the early Mass on Christmas Eve. A calendar of rehearsals for this year’s Special Choirs will be available in the parish bulletin and on the parish website as the special events draw closer.



Coordinator: Cecilia K. Shinn

Our parish is gifted with instrumentalists who play regularly with our choirs and we are always looking for new players. There are also opportunities throughout the year for those who play instruments and want to share their talent but who are not prepared to make a commitment to a choir year round. As with accompanists, there is a wide range of possibilities for brass, stringed, percussion and wind instrumentalists to be involved in St. Clare Music Ministry.


Accompanists: Piano, Organ, Guitar

Coordinator: Cecilia K. Shinn

As our parish grows, so does the need for accompanists. Opportunities for qualified individuals abound, from things as simple as playing music for children in Faith Formation to services such as Baptisms, to accompanying a choir at Mass on a regular basis.


Sound OperatorsDSC_0192

Coordinator: Lee Usry_DSC3667

Clear and audible communication is an important dimension of every parish Liturgical Celebration. Sound operators assist in this endeavor. Adults with good hearing, a love for liturgy and some experience in operating sound equipment are encouraged to share their gifts in this ministry.


St. Clare Singers – 2nd Grade to 8th Grade Youth (1st Graders meeting the requirements can discuss this opportunity with the director)_DSC3700

Director: Kelley Van Slooten & Paula Eamon with assistance from Cecilia K. Shinn

Our Youth Choir (second through eighth grade youth), will minister at Mass in conjunction with St. Clare School Family Masses, generally held one Sunday per month at various Masses. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Register for St. Clare Singers here.


Coordinator: Cecilia K. Shinn

Men and women gifted with the ability to sing solo parts and to lead the Assembly in song are the heart of our Cantor program. Interested persons are individually auditioned and trained for this ministry, _DSC3420and serve at the various Liturgies of our parish. Cantors are present at all Masses, including those served by a choir. Rehearsals for Cantors are held in conjunction with regular choir rehearsals.



**Training is required and provided for all Liturgical Ministries.***


Music Ministry Schedule and Lineups (see Recent Posts)

To view current schedules and lineups, please see the “Recent Posts” section in the upper right hand corner of the page.

All music files posted on this site are now password protected. Please check your email for the password or contact Cecilia in the Music Office. Thank you!

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