Ensembles and Choirs

Bells of Saint Bede

The handbell choir, while primarily composed of adults, is open to students in the 9th grade and upward.  The choir rings our four octaves of Malmark handbells and four octaves of handchimes.  The ringers rehearse on Wednesdays 4:30pm – 6:00pm and play at the Saturday 5:30pm Mass every other week.

 

Cantors

Cantors are not soloists but singers who proclaim God’s word in song such as the psalm and Gospel acclamations and lead the sung texts when no choir is present.  Cantors should possess a pleasant, clear and accurate voice.  Audition and rehearsals are scheduled individually.

 

Choral Scholars

This scholarship is available to a degree seeking undergraduate or graduate student dependent upon demonstrable choral training and singing ability and following a successful audition.  Choral Scholars are recruited to sing in the Parish Choir, the Schola Cantorum and to serve as psalmist. 

 

Contemporary Praise Ensemble

This ensemble leads the music at the 5pm Sunday Mass and also provides musical accompaniment for the monthly Wednesday evening Eucharistic Adoration service.  Rehearsals are on Tuesdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

 

Coro la Paz

This choir is part of our Spanish Mass and accompanies all Spanish liturgies from September through June.  Rehearsals are bilingual and on Thursdays at 8:00 pm.

 

Instrumentalists

Instrumentalists are used at Masses to enhance the musical song of the Church.  Audition, rehearsals and Masses are scheduled individually.

 

 

Parish Choir

This choir includes those from high school age and upward.  Music sung ranges in style from Gregorian chant to the best of modern choral literature.  The choir sings alternately at the 9am or 11am Sunday Mass from September to early June.  Rehearsals are Thursdays 6:00pm – 8pm.

 

 

 

Schola Cantorum

The Schola Cantorum, an auditioned choir, sings predominantly Latin and English a capella choral music every other week at the 9am Mass.  It requires a good familiarity with reading music and individual confidence in singing a voice part.  Rehearsals are Thursdays 8pm – 9:00pm.

 

Young Choristers

Children in grades 3 through 9 sing in this choir and play handbells which rehearses on Tuesdays 5:00pm – 6:15pm.  The Young Choristers sing and/or play every other week at the 11am Mass. Based on the Royal School of Church Music model of music education, the Young Choristers sing choral music, play handbells and choir chimes, and are given Catholic liturgical formation.  

 

Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra and Band

This ensemble provides an outlet and opportunity for players of all ages to play together and learn from each other.  Rehearsals are clustered around the performance dates with advance distribution of music.  They present frequent concerts and programs in our church and around the community.  For more information, contact the founder and coordinator:  Alice Lindsay at 757-761-5542.


Reaching Out With Music

Since our church was built in 2003, it has been sought out as a place for concerts and recitals because of its very fine acoustical environment and fine pipe organ.  Pay close attention to the parish bulletin and local media for the concerts that are presented here.  We have been very gratified to be able to host the best in good choral and instrumental music and will continue to do so in the future.