Music Ministries at St. Bonaventure Catholic Community– Call 952-851-0930
St. Bonaventure Choir- this choir has been in existence almost since the inception of the parish! We are a full SATB (Soprano-Alto-Tenor-Bass) ensemble singing for most of our Sunday 10:00 am Masses and many of the special days of Christmas Midnight Mass, Good Friday, Ash Wednesday, and the Parish Mission. Those who seek to join our choir should be able to match pitch, have a good ear for harmony, and be available to attend our weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays, mid-August through the end of the Easter Season. It is not required that you read music, but it is certainly a blessing! New members will be assigned a mentor, a current member of the choir capable of guiding a new member through the first weeks or months.
New Covenant Choir- this ensemble of selected musicians sings for a 4:30 pm Saturday Mass and an 8:00 am Sunday Mass every third week or so and the special days of Holy Thursday, Easter Vigil and Christmas morning. We are an SATB ensemble selected to join through audition by singing for a balanced blend. You should have a good understanding of musical notation and be capable of learning vocal parts independently. We rehearse in the hour prior to each Saturday Mass and on the Tuesday evening prior to a Sunday morning assignment.
Canticle- We have a band at St. Bonaventure called Canticle which was formed to assist the parish in learning more of the upbeat, contemporary music for liturgy. Our instrumentalists consist of piano, percussion (full trap set and congas), synthesizer, and guitar. We are actively seeking a bass guitar player (the parish does own a bass guitar and bass amplifier) to round out the band. Saxophone, flute or violin would be welcomed. Auditions would be required for any new members - singers or instrumentalists. Canticle sings for some 4:30 pm Saturday and some 10:00 am Sunday Masses. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed.
Inspiration Choir / Teen Choir- open to any singers of junior high, senior high, or college age, this choir helps fill the vacancies left when the choirs take their summer breaks. Harmony voices are welcomed. Rehearsals are held with the cantors every other Wednesday in the summer months.
Cantors- Our cantors are strong singers capable of leading an assembly in song. Most cantors sing in small ensembles or 2-4 singers with harmonies included for vocal beauty. New cantors are always welcomed; you should be a talented singer secure in pitch and capable of learning music easily. We have one group of cantors that is a regular ensemble of female singers called the Ave Maria Quartet; they sing for some 4:30 pm Saturday and 8:00 am Sunday Masses.
Children's Choir- is open to any children grades 2-8, though younger children are welcomed if they are already able to read. Older children may remain in the choir to help as mentors for the younger children. The Children's Choir sings for four special Masses each year: Christmas Eve at 4:30 pm, Epiphany Sunday at 8:00 am, Easter Sunday at 8:00 am and First Communion, usually held at the 10:00 am Mass on the third or fourth Sunday in the Easter Season. Five rehearsals are schedule ahead of Christmas and Easter, this year moved to Thursday afternoons at 4:30 pm in the church. Registration is not necessary; parents may call the Music/Liturgy Office is you would like to volunteer your child to sing with us.
Instrumentalists- we have several regular instrumentalists who enhance our worship with bassoon, oboe, clarinet, and violin. Other instruments are always welcomed. You should be able to read music well, including the ability to sight-read with little rehearsal time needed. Our oboe, clarinet, and bassoon players are a regular part of the New Covenant Choir, so many C and B-flat instrument parts are already part of our parish library.
Organists- we have a professional organists linked to the St. Bonaventure Choir and assigned to play for the principal holydays of the year. Other volunteer organists would be welcomed to play with several of the other ensembles. You should have intermediate to advanced reading and performance skills. Our music director leads the music from the piano, but if you have heard the piano and organ played together, you will know how wonderful the two instruments together can sound!
Clerical Assistants- individuals with clerical skills are eagerly welcomed to help keep our library in order and to create the many song sheets and programs needed for worship. We have excellent machines to support our work: copiers, a folding machine, spiral binder, and jogger. Our copiers are also capable of folding, sorting, and stapling, saving us much time and energy.
Our Director of Music and Liturgy is Karen Thompson. She may be reached at 952-851-0930 or firstname.lastname@example.org