Music Ministries

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MUSIC MINISTRY MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of St Gabriel Music Ministry is to serve our God and our congregational community through the joyous gift of music.  By using the musical talents God has bestowed on us and by working to develop those talents to the best of our abilities, we strive to lead the congregation in sung worship each week, to provide inspiration through concerts and special events, and to help raise the hearts and voices of all in praise and thanksgiving.

We ask God to bless and inspire us, to fill us with the Holy Spirit, and to grant us the peace and joy of knowing we are doing His work.  We ask all through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Music at the Masses...

Overall, the music at Saint Gabriel mixes traditional hymns and texts at the 5:00 pm vigil, 8 am and 10:30 Sunday morning Masses as well as contemporary style music (mainly at the 4 p.m. Life Teen Mass). Assembly singing is our primary goal, which determines virtually all of our song selections as well as the key in which it is sung/played. Ensembles range from a full band to a single piano and vocalist. (see below)

Saturday Vigil Mass (5:00 pm)
Music ranges in style from traditional hymns to some contemporary hymns.
Typical instrumentation: Piano, 1 cantor (lead singer), occasional bass guitar.

Sunday (8:00 am)
Music ranges in style from traditional hymns to some contemporary hymns.
Typical instrumentation: Piano, 1 cantor (lead singer)

Sunday (10:30)
Music ranges in style from traditional hymns to some contemporary hymns.
Typical instrumentation: Piano, St Gabriel Singers (Family choir), guitar, flute, clarinet.

Sunday (4:00) - Life Teen Mass
Music is mostly contemporary.
Typical instrumentation: Gabriel’s Voice (contemporary praise band) Drums, bass guitar, acoustic guitars, piano, flute, 3 singers

 

Joining the music ministry...

If you are interested in joining the music ministry as a singer or instrumentalist, please contact our parish office to set up an appointment.
After a simple audition we can discuss with you how you might be able to add your voice or instrument to the weekend liturgies.

Singers in the choir do not need to be able to read music but need to carry a tune.  Singers in the band must be able to read music. Guitarists should be comfortable reading chords. Pianists must be able to read keyboard scores.  All other instruments need to be able to read music. 

Lead Cantors are by audition only and must be competent in all areas of music reading.

Rehearsals
The St Gabriel Singers (Family Choir) rehearses on Sunday mornings from 8-10:15 am.
Gabriel’s Voice (contemporary praise band) rehearses immediately before mass in the church beginning at 2 pm on Sundays

 

Music Ministries at St. Gabriel

St Gabriel Singers
St Gabriel Singers Adult Choir Membership is open to all parishioners who enjoy singing and wish to use their talents to enrich the spiritual life of St. Gabriel.  


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Gabriel's voice JOE (bass)

Resurrection Choir
This vocal choir sings when requested at funerals in our parish.   We rehearse periodically as needed.   All members of the St Gabriel Singers Adult Choir are eligible to participate…keeping in mind that most funerals occur on weekdays so availability at that time will be a pre-requisite.  

Psalmists
Provide leadership to the congregation during the Mass by leading the Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel Acclamation verse (and occasional other items).   Must have attended a Cantor training workshop or individual training with Director.  

Gabriel’s Voice  
This is the contemporary praise band that plays for the Life Teen Mass on Sunday afternoons.   Strong music skills are required for this group.   Vocalists need to be comfortable in their parts and are individually miked.   Instrumentalists must show competency in their playing skills.  This group is by audition only.   

Cantors and Keyboardists
Provide leadership to the congregation during the Mass.  Sing/play at 5:30 Saturday and 8 am Sunday Masses, Sunday 1030 and 5 pm Masses when regular groups are off, and Holy Day Masses.  Strong music skills are required for this group.   Vocalists need to be comfortable in their parts and are individually miked.   Keyboardists must read music and be thoroughly competent in their abilities.  This group is by audition only.  

Angel Choir
This is a children’s choir (grades 4-8) that will sing at certain Masses throughout the year.  This is to include First Communions and Ash Wednesday afternoon Mass (if one is scheduled) and Christmas Eve Children’s Mass at 5 pm.  Regular rehearsals are scheduled as needed throughout the year.  Schedule will be out in August for entire year.

 

Pictures from Music Ministry

 

teen musicians

gabriel's voice

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Ed and Katie Herber meeting the Archbisop after attending the St. Cecilia Mass at the Cathedral (choir field trip)

Choirs, Band and Cantors
St Gabriel Catholic Church
152 Antioch Road
Fayetteville, GA 30215
770-461-0492 (office)