Music Ministry at UST
“Teach me the songs of your truth, oh Lord, that I may bear fruit in you. And open to me the music of your Holy Spirit that with every note I may praise You. Out of Your abundant kindness grant me this, for You are sufficient for all our needs. Alleluia!” – Odes of Solomon, Second Century
Music ministry supports and leads community worship by engaging hearts, minds and bodies in active participation. The Liturgical Choir combines the joy of liturgical music with a commitment to high performance standards of the Music Department and are offered for academic course credit. Vocalists and instrumentalists of every type of band and orchestral instrument are needed for Sunday Masses, special liturgies and ecumenical services.
Liturgical Choir is a 65-voice SATB choral ensemble co-sponsored by the Music Department (MUSN 143, 1 credit) and the Office for Campus Ministry. The choir sings for 11:00 a.m. Mass and for special liturgical celebrations and concerts. Membership is by audition and open to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and staff of all faiths and cultural backgrounds. Academic credit is offered toward fulfilling the Fine Arts requirements, and is offered free of charge. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30-3:00 pm.
The Choir has made 10 international pilgrimage concert tours including the honor of singing at Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica in 1987, 1997, and 2007 as well as an anticipated trip in 2016. Other destinations have included Ireland, Eastern and Western Europe, Israel and the Holy Land and throughout the United States.
Schola Cantorum is a small, select ensemble co-sponsored by the Music Department (MUSN 151, 1 credit) and Campus Ministry. The ensemble focuses primarily on early Plainchant from the Gregorian chant tradition as well as contemporary chant repertoire. Historical and modern chant notations are studied and repertoire is performed in the context of liturgical service. Membership is by audition and open to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and staff of all faiths and cultural backgrounds. Academic credit is offered free of charge. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7 pm - 9 pm.