New Auditioned Children's Choirs
Children’s choirs have long been integral to the Catholic Church's mission. One of the most celebrated, Les Petits Chanteurs la Croix de Bois (The Little Singers of the Wooden Cross), was brought to prominence in 1917 by Msgr. Fernand Maillet in France. This program grew with choirs throughout Europe which in 1947 had the first International Congress in Paris. During which Msgr. Maillet gave the federation its name, PUERI CANTORES.
The American Federation Pueri Cantores was formed in 1953 to accomplish the same mission in the United States. Choirs proliferated in Catholic churches and schools across the country and took a significant and inspirational leadership role in worship and education-related events.
The Holy Name of Jesus is now part of this Federation and will continue to spread the education of the values of Catholic faith through music and liturgical understanding. We will also employ the “Voice for Life” music curriculum of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM).
Because of the affiliations with PUER CANTORES and RSCM, Dr. Richard Owen with direct two new groups of choirs for children. Both are auditioned choirs; one for girls and one for boys grades 4 through 6.
Auditions will be held fall 2023. Please contact Dr. Owen via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition time. Please do not be afraid of the word “audition.” It is just a time for Dr. Owen to meet the family and the young singer.
Rehearsals are on Tuesdays (time TBD)
The groups will sing at the 8:30 a.m. Mass once or twice a month.
Youth Handbell Choir
Students in fifth grade and older are invited to join our Youth Handbell Choir. If you have played a musical instrument in band or orchestra, or the piano, or if you have sung in a choir, you would have the basic knowledge to begin ringing bells. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 5:15 – 6 p.m. The group will ring at an 8:30 a.m. Mass once a month.
Ringing bells is lots of fun, making music in an ensemble is rewarding, and you will be doing it with others that are your age. If you are interested or would like more information please get in touch with Dr. Richard Owen, Director of Music, at 763-745-3490 or email@example.com.