Choir on nationwide hunt for singers

The St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir during the Easter Vigil at the Parramatta cathedral (Diocese of Parramatta/Alphonsus Fok)

The Diocese of Parramatta is on a nationwide hunt for young Catholic singers willing to share their talents by joining the St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir. Source: Catholic Outlook.

The choir, which performs weekly at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, as well as for major feast days and diocesan occasions, is recruiting new singers aged between 15 and 40 to join its ensemble.

Scholarships are available to singers aged 16 to 35 who demonstrate vocal ability and potential music leadership qualities. The choral scholarship payments ranging from $2500 to $4000 are designed to provide financial support in lieu of other employment.

Director of music Bernard Kirkpatrick said singers in the choir learn how to use their voices in unison with others in singing Gregorian chants, how to blend their voices together when singing acapella harmonies from the Renaissance and experience the thrill of accompanying the majestic cathedral pipe organ.

“Music has always been a large part of the St Patrick’s Cathedral parish and it is blessed to have a committed team of musicians who serve its liturgical life,” Mr Kirkpatrick said.

“For many young Catholics, music is an excellent way of connecting more profoundly with the mystery of faith and using one’s musical talent to inspire others in liturgical worship.

“Participation in the choir enables musicians to engage in the Catholic Liturgy in a musically fulfilling way, while leading the Catholic community in singing God’s praise.”

He said the choir places strong emphasis on singing the liturgy, with the choir singing ministerial chants at the Solemn Mass every week as well.

Singers and musicians with a good voice and natural quality, a good sense of pitch, a good sense of rhythm and music reading skills are encouraged to apply for the choir.

“Commitment and consistency is important for aspiring choralists, as rehearsals are held weekly and singing at the Solemn Mass every Sunday is required,” Mr Kirkpatrick said.

Details: St Patrick's Cathedral Choir website

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