Join Our Choirs
Join us! Details on each of our choirs are listed below. Please contact the staff member listed with any questions and to schedule an audition.
Participants in the Children’s Choirs rehearse weekly during the school year, and participate in Sunday liturgies, the Christmas Eve Family Mass, the annual Christmas Concerts and the spring Rejoice in the Lord! concert. They also participate in other special liturgies and events such as the Pueri Cantores Regional Children’s Choral Festival, hosted by St. Ignatius Loyola last season, MIX IT UP with a visiting Children’s Choir, nursing home visits, and the annual choir competition.
Children receive training in the art of singing, reading music, and the fundamentals of music theory. Through their hard work and dedication, not only will choristers develop a passionate commitment to excellence through the choral art, but they will also learn self-discipline, confidence, and the importance of giving back to their church and community through the gift of music.
Informal auditions take place in the spring and by appointment in the fall. All the St. Ignatius Loyola Children’s Choirs are directed by Maureen Haley.
Training Choir I (Grades 1-3)
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:30 PM-5:20 PM
This choir is open to younger children (generally grades 1-2) with little or no previous musical experience. Children develop a healthy beginning vocal technique, gain familiarity with the liturgy, and focus on the fundamentals of reading music.
Training Choir II (Grades 3-5)
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 3:15 PM-4:15 PM
This choir is open to children (generally grades 3-4) who may have at least one year of experience in Training Choir I, or previous musical experience. Children in this choir continue developing healthy vocal technique, music reading skills, and liturgical familiarity.
Middle School Choir (Grades 5-8)
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 4:15 PM-5:45 PM
This choir is open to 5th-8th graders who have previous music experience and exhibit the maturity required for a longer, more demanding rehearsal. In 2011, Middle School Choir released its debut CD Angel. Highlights of past seasons include performances on the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (2009), and Handel’s Messiah (2013) and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (2014).
Parish Community Choir (PCC)
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7 PM-9 PM
The Parish Community Choir ministers to the St. Ignatius congregation at parish Masses throughout the year and also participates in the annual Christmas concerts and spring Rejoice in the Lord! concert. Directed by Robert Reuter, this diverse choir of 40-50 singers explores various styles of sacred music and focuses on voice training and the development of musicianship. Members also sell tickets to our annual Christmas concerts and usher at Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concerts throughout the year. All are welcome to audition.
Canticum Sacrum (CS)
Rehearsals: Sundays, 6 PM-7:30 PM
This ensemble ministers weekly at the 7:30 PM Sunday evening Mass, September through early June, and, throughout the year, joins forces with the Parish Community Choir and Wallace Hall Choir to provide music at other select liturgies such as Christmas Eve and the spring Rejoice in the Lord! concert. Directed by Robert Reuter, CS sings a blend of contemporary Catholic hymns, traditional hymns, and anthems. Singers with previous experience in a small choral setting are welcome to audition. At auditions, singers are asked to sight sing and vocalize.
Wallace Hall Choir and Orchestra
Rehearsals: Sundays, 9:45 AM-10:45 AM
The Wallace Hall Choir and Orchestra ministers weekly at the 11 AM Wallace Hall Family Mass from September through June. The group also participates in Christmas Eve and Ash Wednesday liturgies and the spring Rejoice in the Lord! concert. This ensemble emphasizes the pastoral role of music in liturgy while working to deepen its understanding of choral and instrumental musicianship. Directed by Michael Sheetz, the Wallace Hall Choir and Orchestra encompasses a wide variety of age groups and musical styles. All are welcome to audition.
The Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola
Hailed by the New York Times as “a finely polished, stylistically nimble ensemble,” the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola is comprised of New York’s finest professional singers. The core group of 17 members sings a demanding schedule of weekly parish worship services in a wide range of repertoire, with particular emphasis on new works, the sacred Renaissance repertoire, and Gregorian chant. The choir expands as required for the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space Concert Series. Each member is a soloist in his or her own right in a variety of genres including early music, opera, oratorio, and contemporary repertoire. The Choir may be heard on recordings for the MSR Classics and AMDG labels. To express interest in joining the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, experienced professional singers with advanced degrees in voice performance or commensurate experience should send resumes and sound clips to the email below. Auditions are held as needed.