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"The Christian faithful who gather together as one to await the Lord's coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (cf. Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart's joy (cf. Acts 2:46)." (GIRM #39)

"All other things being equal, Gregorian chant holds pride of place because it is proper to the Roman Liturgy."

When the third edition of the Roman Missal was permitted for use in the dioceses of the United States, our local ordinary, Bishop Libasci, requested that all parishes in the Diocese of Manchester learn the chants contained within the Roman Missal. Musical accompaniments for the Roman Missal chants may be downloaded for free by visiting the ICEL website and/or secondary site found below:

As a result of the new edition of the Roman Missal, many parishes here in the diocese and throughout the country, have expressed a desire to "reintroduce" the practice of singing the propers of the mass, notably the Introit and Communion Antiphon. The Diocese of La Crosse (Wisconsin) Office of Sacred Worship has created a page containing music and audio files of the introit and antiphons:

Music Ministry Opportunities at St. Joseph Cathedral

"Those who sing, pray twice." St. Augustine of Hippo

The Cathedral Music Ministry is accepting new members for several choral groups and instrumental ensembles:

  1. Cathedral Choir - The Cathedral Choir leads, supports, and enhances the assembly's sung prayer at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy in addition to feasts, solemnities, concerts, and diocesan events. Choral repertoire consists of a' cappella motets from the Renaissance period through music of the contemporary period. The Cathedral Choir is accepting new members for all voice parts but most especially tenors, basses, and altos. The Cathedral Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Cathedral.

    Download a calendar and registration form for the Cathedral Choir
  2. Diocesan Festival Choir - Comprised from singers across the Diocese, the Diocesan Festival Choir is the primary choir for the major diocesan liturgical celebrations at the Cathedral of St. Joseph as well as throughout the diocese. There are only a few rehearsals a year which are held on Monday or Tuesday evenings at the Cathedral beginning at 7:00 p.m. All voice parts are currently being accepted.

    Download a calendar and registration form for the Diocesan Festival Choir
  3. Instrumentalists - A list is being developed of instrumentalists serving the musical needs of the Diocese of Manchester. Ideally, we would like to develop a Cathedral Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, and String Ensemble to assist in serving at diocesan liturgies and events. Guitarists and percussionists would also be needed (the Cathedral currently has a set of timpani).
  4.  Saint Nicholas Schola Cantorum (Diocesan Children's Choral Program) - Established in 2016, the Schola cantor's ("school of singers") aim is to teach, prepare and form children and young adults in grades 3-10 to participate in music ministry and life long praise of God through sacred song. By focusing on singing hymns, part-singing, Gregorian chant, polyphonic and choral works, the goal of this choir is the cultivation and further development of: musicianship, sight-singing, music history, religious education, liturgical formation and the spirituality of sacred music. Based at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, the choir rehearses weekly on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. and is scheduled to periodically sing at the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass in addition to other liturgies, concerts and Diocesan events celebrated at the Cathedral and around the diocese. The Schola Cantorum has membership in the American Federation Pueri Cantores, the official choral organization of the Catholic Church (www.pcchoirs.org). Membership is open to any child and young adult throughout the Diocese. For additional information please e-mail the Diocesan and Cathedral Director of Music at EBermani@stjosephcathedralnh.org. Additional information may also be found below.

    Saint Nicholas Schola Cantorum Announcement
    Saint Nicholas Schola Cantorum Flyer
    Registration Form 
    2016-2017 Calendar 
    Chorister Handbook

For more information, please contact Mr. Eric Bermani.

Thank you for your consideration and for sharing your musical gifts and talents with your parish community and diocese.

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For more information, please contact:
Eric Bermani
Diocesan Music Director
St. Joseph Cathedral
(603) 622-6404, Ext. 31

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