May all our voices join together to proclaim the goodness of the Lord.
Music is an important and integral part of our Sunday Worship at our Parishes. Our choir, cantors, and instrumentalists, minister in a special way using their talents to serve the Lord and the parish community.
A group of mixed voices open to adults 16 and over. The group strives to enhance the liturgy with appropriate, uplifting hymns and songs to inspire the congregation to pray through song. The choir alternates singing monthly at the 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM Sunday masses. Practice is held each Thursday at 7:30 PM in the Choir room. For more information please contact our Music Director, Adam Fehrenbach at 412-373- 2610.
Being a cantor involves much more than standing up and singing alone... it involves making the assembly's prayer possible through song. The cantor has the responsibility for any songs or hymns that require solo passages, leading the assembly in a recurring refrain to be sung and inviting the assembly to join voices in hymns used throughout the Mass. The Responsorial Psalm between the Old and New Testament readings, the Gospel Acclamation, and other proclamations, such as parts of the Gloria and various Litanies are other examples of the cantor's responsibility.
At NAM and St. Michael, cantors practice as needed to learn new music and to perfect this skill of singing and leading song. Time is spent on how to prepare for liturgy, speaking to the assembly, and vocal exercises to strengthen skills.
The requirements to be a successful cantor must include a strong, singing voice, ability to encourage the people to join in the songs and dedication to the Ministry of Music. If you are interested in becoming a cantor, please contact our Music Director, Adam Fehrenbach (NAM) at 412-373- 2610 or for St. Michaels, contact Karen McDonough.