Sacred music is one of the Church's greatest treasures. The tradition of musical praise to God dates back to the earliest days of the Church, and it continues to mold and shape our common worship. Music is a common language that the entire world can connect to, and it has the power to transcend us to an even deeper relationship to our Lord.
Christ the King is home to a very active and vibrant Music Ministry. There is something for everyone to get involved in. For more information on any of our musical ensembles, please contact Ms. Edith Hubert, Director of Music.
Opportunities for Adults
Open to singers high school age and above. The King's Choir is the principal choral ensemble at Christ the King. In addition to singing at the 11:00 am Sunday Mass from September-May, this choir sings at various Holy Days, special events at Christ the King and in the community. Our repertoire is vast, spanning from ancient Gregorian Plainchant to compositions written by modern composers and everything in between. No prior experience is necessary; simply come with a positive, team-oriented attitude and a willingness to learn! Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Church.
Christus Rex Ringers
We are blessed to have a 3.5 octave set of Schulmerich handbells here at Christ the King. Bells have always had a significant role in the Church, and we are excited to offer this unique opportunity to our parishioners. Open to teens and adults, this group rehearses on Thursdays from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm in the church. Some basic music reading skills are necessary to join this group. The Ringers ring on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at the 9:00 am Mass in addition to other special occasions.
Whenever the Choir is not present, the Mass is led by organ and cantor. Cantors lead the gathered assembly in singing the Psalms, Acclamations, and Hymns of the Mass. Admittance as a Cantor is by audition only.
This group serves a very special role. The funeral choir ministers to those who are bereaved at their time of need with their gift of comforting and inspiring music. We rehearse 30 minutes prior to Funeral Masses. Notification of services are sent via a phone tree or email list.
Opportunities for Children and Youth
St. Cecilia Choristers
Our St. Cecilia Choristers is a Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) affiliated program. Through the RSCM curriculum, students not only learn the principles and fundamentals of music, but they also learn about their faith, Church history, and what it means to be a leader in worship. This graded curriculum awards students for their achievement as they progress through the program. During the summer, the RSCM provides training courses throughout the United States for singers to get a hands-on experience with highly skilled trainers. This choir is open to students in grades 1-8 and meets in the Music Room on Wednesdays from 3:15 pm-4:30 pm. The Choristers sing on the First and Third Sundays of the month at the 9:00 am Mass. In addition, the Choristers join the King's Choir periodically for combined services.
Music for Life
The Music for Life ensemble provides music for the 5:00 pm Sunday Mass. This group primarily sings Contemporary Christian Music and provides music for various events in our Parish. For more information, please contact Wendi Klinkenberg, Youth Coordinator.
Concerts, Special Services, and how you can support the Music Ministry
Several times throughout the year, the Music Ministry will welcome local, regional, and national artists to come and present recitals and concerts. Additionally, our choirs present various Services of Music during the choir season, such as the Festival of Lessons and Carols during Advent, Musical Stations of the Cross during Lent, and Solemn Vespers several times each year. These programs are made possible through the generous support of our parishioners and community partners. To find out how you can support our Music Ministry's vision to bring music and the arts to our Parish and our community at large, please contact Ms. Edith Hubert, Director of Music.
Unless otherwise stated, all programs are held in the Church, and are free and open to the public. Donations are graciously accepted in support of the Music Ministry to ensure future programs such as these.