COME & SING WITH US!
St. Cecilia’s Music Ministry is preparing for a new season of choral singing. We are inviting everyone who loves music to join us during our open choir rehearsals in September. This is an opportunity to experience different styles of music, to connect with people and perhaps to become a valuable member of our Music Ministry! Being in the choir means serving the church and community in a very special way, celebrating the mass through song and leading the congregation in singing. At the same time, it is a chance to improve on your own musical abilities. You will learn to sing with better technique and to use your own body to produce a beautiful quality sound. You’ll have fun harmonizing or singing solos, you’ll participate in Sunday masses and special events, such as the Christmas Concert, Ecumenical service at the Christ Cathedral and more, and of course, you’ll gain a few good friends!
Cantate Domino Canticum Novum
St. Cecilia Chorale, that sings at the 9:00am mass every Sunday in September through May, is a versatile, diverse group of people joined by their love for various styles of music:: the choir sings simple church tunes and traditional hymns, beautiful chants and Renaissance sacred pieces, as well as up-beat contemporary song arrangements and spirituals. This choir is a non-auditioned group, open to high school students to adults. The only requirement is the ability to match pitch. Music reading skills are not required, but are always appreciated! Instructions and voice training are part of the weekly rehearsals during the academic year on Thursday nights from 7:30-9:00pm in the Church.
St. Cecilia Chorale sings for the most important liturgical celebrations throughout the year, Thanksgiving, Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, Holy week and Easter Vigil, and more. Last year, St. Cecilia Chorale joined with the Schola Cantorum Ensemble and proudly represented St. Cecilia Church in the Ecumenical services at Christ Cathedral and at the Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church, earning a reputation of one of the best choirs in the Diocese!
Schola Cantorum Ensemble is a small musically advanced group (10-12 people) comprised of adult, college, university and high school singers. The group performs more challenging repertoire, therefore participation requires previous music experience. The ability to play an instrument is a plus and some music reading skills might be necessary. Schola rehearses every Thursday from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the Church, and sings on the second Sunday of every month at the 11:00am mass in September through May. Instrumentalists, such as flautists, violinists, cellists, guitarists, percussionists and others, are highly encouraged to come and introduce themselves!
Both groups are lead by Dr. Alina Artemova, Director of the Music Ministry at St. Cecilia Church. Alina is a highly trained musician and international performer, who earned her Doctorate in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of the Arts in Moscow, Russia and a Master’s Degree in Music (conducting, voice and piano) from the prestigious Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Russia. In the ensuing years, she worked internationally as a choir conductor and soprano soloist for major choral-orchestral productions, a recital singer and collaborative pianist, and a university-college professor. Her students have been accepted to fantastic college/university music programs, participated in professional choirs, and have been engaged by professional management, singing at various theaters in the US and Europe, including the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway in New York, and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Before coming to St. Cecilia, Alina served as the Director of Music Ministries, organist, pianist and cantor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Westminster for the last fifteen years. She is currently an adjunct professor at California State University, Long Beach and Golden West College in Huntington Beach. She presents solo and orchestral recitals, workshops and master-classes in Los-Angeles and Orange County, Russia and Europe. In addition, she maintains a private voice and piano studio, and performs as a pianist/organist/singer for various occasions, including wedding and funeral masses at church.
Our Christmas Concert is a relatively new tradition at St. Cecilia Church! Please mark your calendar in advance and join us in December at 7:30 pm in the Church! The concert is an exciting way to welcome the Advent/Christmas season through song, meditation, cheer, and a light reception that follows in the Hall. It is also a rare opportunity to meet extraordinary guest musicians who perform and collaborate with our own music ministry members for this special event! Our choirs and music groups will be presenting selections of their own style and we will conclude with an audience sing-a-long of Christmas carols and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus!” We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Please consider joining the Music Ministry at St. Cecilia Church! Sing with the St. Cecilia Chorale at the 9:00am Mass on Sunday mornings or audition for the Schola Cantorum! We are encouraging families, students and everyone who loves to sing to make contact Dr. Alina Artemova, either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by leaving your contact information in the parish office, or simply by showing up at the rehearsal.
Youth Ensemble, comprised of Elementary/Middle school students, is a fun and up-beat group , navigating through music under the leadership of Teri Schulist, experienced Soprano Lead and Music Ministry member at St. Cecilia. The group sings every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, September through May, at the 11:00am mass, and participates in other activities outside the church. Last December, the Youth Ensemble shined at St. Cecilia’s Christmas Concert and at presentations in community parks and nursing homes.