Music Ministry

Cantors - Cantors lead our congregation in singing our hymns and the various Mass parts, and serve as Minister of the Word for the Psalm and Gospel Acclamation. Anyone interested in becoming a cantor will need to schedule an audition with the Director of Music. Contact Deacon Mike S. at the parish office at 813.689.4900, or via the email address listed below. 

Adult Choir - This fine group of singers is the foundation of the music ministry. A brief audition is required, and it is certainly helpful to have experience in singing SATB arrangements. The choir normally sings at the 11:30am Sunday Mass and serves all major liturgies. Practices are one night a week.  We are inviting new voices to join in a choir singing at the Saturday Vigil Mass (4:30 pm); this may be your opening!  Contact Deacon Mike S. at the parish office at 813.689.4900, or via the email address listed below.  .

Children's Choir - Children in grades 4 through 7 will be forming the new Children's Choir in the Summer/Fall of 2019!  Practice will be one/week for 45 minutes.  They will typically sing at the 9:30am Sunday Mass. Contact Deacon Mike S. for more info at 813.689.4900, or via the email address listed below.  .

EDGE Choir - This group is composed of students who sing contemporary music after youth classes and for special Masses. Contact Jose at the parish office at 813.689.4900, or via the email address listed below.  . 

Life Teen Ensemble - This group is composed of high school students who sing contemporary music at the Life Teen Mass at 5:30pm Sundays. Contact Jose at the parish office at 813-689-4900, or via the email address listed below.  .

 

If you have an interest in joining one of our musical groups, please contact:

Deacon Mike Sweeney dcnmike@St.StephenCatholic.org

Jose Rivera, Music Minister:  Jose@StStephenCatholic.org.

 

MUSIC AT WEDDINGS:

Congratulations on your upcoming Wedding celebration!  Wedding music is an important part of your celebration, so thank you for beginning to research what music you would like to have at your Wedding.

Please note that the church does not reserve your Wedding musician(s). You should contact our parish musicians to schedule them to play at your Wedding.

There are a few things to keep in mind.  First, music performed in the church must be sacred music.  Most classical music is acceptable.  Music that must be reserved for your reception include songs from movies, TV and popular radio songs.  We aren’t allowed to perform such music in the church. An example of a song that must be reserved for your reception includes "A Thousand Years", a popular song today from a popular movie. Pre-recorded music (cd's, tapes, etc) cannot be used.

Second, as your are planning your Wedding, one of the first things you should decide is whether you will have a Wedding Mass or a Wedding Ceremony.  A Wedding Mass requires much more music than a Wedding Ceremony. A singer will also be needed for a Wedding Mass.

Third, you should have your music chosen and approved months before your Wedding. In some cases, the organist and/or singer may need to learn one or more of your choices, so plenty of time will be needed.

Please contact our musicians via our staff page.

Here are our recommendations for when music should be performed:

WEDDING MASS: A singer is recommended, as there is a need for more music

  • Preludes: light/soft instrumental preludes can be played. Keep in mind that people often talk before the Wedding begins, and if there is music, they will likely talk louder, which will create an atmosphere that is not conducive to prayer. Therefore, only light instrumental music is recommended.
  • Entrance Processional: one song, or one song for bridesmaids entrance and one song for bride. Instrumental music is recommended, as music can be added/deleted as needed depending on the location of the bridal party.
  • Responsorial Psalm: can be sung or read
  • Gospel Acclamation: should be sung
  • Exchange of Rings/Lighting of Candle: it is recommended that you not have music during this time. This is a very quick process, and waiting for music to conclude can be awkward.
  • Offertory/Presentation of the Gifts: Instrumental or sung music should be chosen.
  • Acclamations: including the Holy Holy, Memorial Acclamation, Amen, and Lamb of God.  This should only be sung if the guests of your Wedding will participate in the singing.
  • Communion: one or two songs can be sung.
  • Recessional: Instrumental is recommended, and something loud and triumphant is encouraged.

Wedding Ceremony: A singer is often not recommended, as there is only one short piece of singing needed.  For Ceremonies led by Deacon Hank Smith, a singer is required.

  • Preludes: light/soft instrumental preludes can be played. Keep in mind that people often talk before the Wedding begins, and if there is music, they will likely talk louder, which will create an atmosphere that is not conducive to prayer. Therefore, only light instrumental music is recommended.
  • Entrance Processional: one song, or one song for bridesmaids entrance and one song for bride. Instrumental music is recommended, as music can be added/deleted as needed depending on the location of the bridal party.
  • Gospel Acclamation: should be sung, if the organist is able to play and sing.
  • Recessional: Instrumental is recommended, and something loud and triumphant is encouraged.

 

Music Suggestions: please visit YouTube to hear a sample of the selections below.

Entrance:

  • Air on the G String by J.S. Bach
  • Canon in D by J. Pachelbel
  • Here Comes the Bride/Bridal Chorus by Wagner
  • Prince of Denmark’s March by J. Clarke
  • Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke

Offertory/Presentation of the Gifts/Communion: (singer required)

  • Ave Maria by F. Schubert
  • Ave Maria by J.S. Bach/Gounod
  • Where Love is Found by Dan Schutte
  • Here Us Now, Our God and Father HYFRYDOL
  • God, Who Created Hearts to Love LASST UNS ERFREUEN
  • Wherever You Go by Weston Priory
  • When Love is Found O WALY WALY
  • Where There is Love by David Haas

Recessional

  • Hornpipe from Water Music by G.F. Handel
  • Ode to Joy by Beethoven
  • Prince of Denmark’s March by J. Clarke
  • Rondeau by Jean-Joseph Mouret
  • Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell
  • Wedding March by Mendelssohn