Music is a vital part of life and worship here at St. Mary's, and all parishioners are welcome to take part. Music touches our minds, opens our hearts and lifts our souls. It shapes the spirituality of those who hear it and those who prepare and present it. It can help lead us to God. Music ministry at St. Mary's is carried out primarily by volunteers, supplemented periodically by gifted professionals under the direction of our Minister of Music, Deborah Gemma. Deb is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford and the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music.
Senior Choir – The Senior Choir is open to adults and high school students who rehearse weekly and sing each week at the 10 a.m. service and other liturgical celebrations. Choir members also enjoy undertaking larger musical projects in collaboration with other church choirs and instruments. For those who cannot commit to a full year of choir, shorter commitments are often possible. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Junior Choir - The Junior Choir is a treble-voiced choir for girls and boys in Grade 2 (age 7) and older. They rehearse on Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. and sing at the 10 a.m. service on a regular basis, as well as during the Christmas pageant. Rehearsals include vocal technique, song preparation and Christian formation.
Treble Choir – The Treble Choir is an auditioned group for adult women who sing two- and three-part treble music. The choir meets periodically on Sunday morning from 8:30 to 9 a.m. to prepare anthems for Sunday or other holy day services.
Bell Choir - The bell choir rings three octaves of English handbells during services periodically throughout the year. Ability to read music is helpful but not required. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Vocalists and Instrumentalists – Parishioners who have musical ability on an instrument or as vocal soloists are invited to share their talents in church as appropriate. Musical selections and rehearsal times are arranged on a case-by-case basis with the Minister of Music.
Richard J. McElraevy Memorial Concert Series – This concert series at St. Mary's is a made possible by the gift from the McElraevy family in memory of Richard J. McElraevy. The series presents two to three concerts each season in a wide variety of musical styles. All concerts are open to the public at no charge.