AT St. Joseph’s we are blessed with a wonderful Ministry of Music! We have a talented director and wonderfully talented individuals who make up a variety of groups to praise God through their melodious voices and the art of playing musical instruments! There are different vocal groups that perform at St. Joseph’s as well as individual cantors!
Celebration Singers: provide music at the Sunday 11:00a.m. Mass from September through May. They sing in unison and three part accompanied by piano and guitar. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. No audition is necessary to join. The Director is Terrie Hoyle.
Children’s Choir: open to children of reading age and older, the choir rehearses on Tuesdays from 6:00p.m. to 6:45p.m. The children sing once a month during the school year at the 4:00p.m. Saturday Mass, and monthly on Sundays at 11:00a.m. Mass during the summer. The children sing on Christmas Eve and other special occasions throughout the year. Clarinet and Voice Lessons are also given in the summer and throughout the year. The director is Margarita Audette.
St. Joseph Chorale: provides music at the Sunday 9:00a.m. Mass from September through June. This SATB choir rehearses seasonally on Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00p.m. Accompaniment includes piano and organ. This Chorale prepares music for Holy Week and presents a concert each December with members of the Sarasota Orchestra. No audition is needed to join. The director is Timothy O’Connor.
Chamber Choir: rehearses on Tuesday evenings, from 5:35 to 6:45p.m. This is our only “by invitation only” choir. They provide music from October through May monthly at the Saturday 4:00 p.m. Mass, the All Souls’ Day Remembrance Service and the Good Friday Entombment Service. The director is Timothy O’Connor.
St. Joseph Hand bell Choir: rehearses on Tuesdays from 4:15 to 5:20p.m. and provides bell ringing monthly at our 4:00p.m. Mass throughout the year. To better foster our mission to ecumenism, the Hand Bell Choir frequently combines efforts with the Carillon Ringers of First United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Music reading skills are necessary to ring well and new members and substitutes are always needed. Training is provided. The director is Timothy O’Connor.
St. Joseph Church Cantors: work with our organists/pianists in singing the Mass Psalm and providing music at our non-choir masses throughout the year. Auditions are required. The director is Timothy O’Connor.
Guitar lessons are provided to St. Joseph School Students the last period of their school day and after school to interested parish school children on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00p.m. The teacher is Jim Corbett.