Music in the Liturgy
Music is an important part of the worship experience at St. Brigid, and anyone who desires to participate is welcome to participate in one or more of the groups which comprise the Music Ministry.
There are no formal auditions; the structure of each group is designed to make the experience as convenient and enjoyable as possible while still effectively ministering to the community. Also, the ability to read music is not a requirement to sing in any of the Music Ministry ensembles, so please don’t be shy about expressing your interest in joining one of our choirs.
Below is a list of the groups which minister on a regular basis, with the possibility of new ensembles developing depending on the availability of interested people. Please let us know if there is an ensemble not listed in which you would like to use your musical talents, and we will certainly work toward creating that opportunity for you and others with like interests.
For more information about the music ministries or to join a choir, please contact Director of Music Ministry,Dorothy Ybarra, at 210-696-0896, ext 215, or email at DorothyMY@aol.com
The Bereavement Choir is open to adult singers and musicians available during the day. Those who especially feel called to minister through music to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one are invited to join this group. There are no regularly-scheduled rehearsals, but there are occasional rehearsals called for the purpose of learning new repertoire. Participants are contacted when the need arises, and they minister as they are able.
Bilingual (Spanish) Choir
This group ministers at the 8:00 am Mass each weekend throughout the year and at special feast days and solemnities such as Our Lady of Guadalupe and Christmas Eve. It is open to singers and instrumentalists, from high school age through adult. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm. The ability to read and/or speak Spanish is helpful, but not required.
This group is open to children at least 6 years old who have at least basic reading skills. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The group sings at the 10:30 Mass on the last Sunday of the month, at special Masses, parish musicals, and the Children’s Christmas Eve Mass.
This group rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and is open to singers and instrumentalists of at least high school age through adult who wishes to minister at Mass on a regular basis. Members minister at the Mass of their choosing: 5:00 pm (Saturday), 10:30 am or 12:30 pm (Sunday). It is possible to vary the Mass at which one chooses to sing due to changes in one’s personal schedule. This group is the foundational group for the parish Christmas and Easter musicals, and also ministers on special feast days and other liturgies, such as parish reconciliation services.
Legacy Hand Bells
In this group, members learn to play bells in coordination with each other to bring forth beautiful music. Members can be 10 or older and must be willing to learn to read music. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 to 7:45 pm, and commitment to regular attendance is needed. The group ministers throughout the year, particularly for special Masses.
Sound Operator Ministry
This ministry is open to mature teens and adults who have a basic understanding of reinforced sound.Training is required, but can be arranged on an individual basis. Operators are needed at each liturgy on the weekends and for special liturgies throughout the week, and will be scheduled per availability.
St. Brigid Orchestra
Our orchestra group is open to those with intermediate skills in playing orchestral instruments (strings, winds, percussion) and at least two years of playing experience. This is a great group for those who have played in years past and would like to resume playing. The orchestra ministers throughout the year at Masses and serves as the foundation for the orchestral requirements of our parish Christmas and Easter musicals. Rehearsal schedule is based on seasonal needs.
Open to youth in middle school, high school and college, this group ministers on the first Sunday of the month at the 12:30 pm Mass, as well as other liturgical events throughout the year. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:45 to 9:00 pm.
Christmas & Easter Musicals
Open to children, teens, and adults, this is a special way for people of all ages to evangelize the Word through involvement in our parish musicals, and offers either on stage or behind the scenes experience. Speaking and singing roles are auditioned in August (Christmas musical) and January (Easter musical). See Performing Arts under the Ministries heading.