[S]acred polyphony, particularly that of the so-called ‘Roman School,' is a legacy to preserve with care, to keep alive and to make known, not only for the benefit of experts or lovers of it, but also for the entire ecclesial community, for which it constitutes a priceless spiritual, musical and cultural heritage.
The St. Mary’s Choir, comprised of adults of all ages, sings every Sunday for the 11:30 a.m. Ordinary Form High Mass. The foundation of the choral program is Gregorian chant—the normative music of the Church—and all of the diverse polyphonic styles that have sprung from it. Recognizing that the cultivation of musical skill is a lifelong endeavour, we spend time not only on learning a wide repertoire, from Tallis to Palestrina to Mozart to Messiaen, but also learning to read music (in both modern and chant notation), perfecting techniques of ensemble singing, and joyfully considering the spirit of prayer that has motivated these great composers.
Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m., at which we prepare the Gregorian propers for the coming Sunday, and polyphonic motets for the coming weeks. An ability to read music is helpful but not necessary; we ask only for that enthusiasm which is the indwelling of the Spirit!