Cantors and psalmists are parishioners who lead the congregation in song at Mass. They must possess the ability to engage and invite the participation of the assembly in singing.
A cantor and a psalmist are scheduled at every Mass, both when choirs are in session and also throughout the summer months, when choirs are off. St. Charles supports their love for music, liturgy, and service by providing them free musical training and faith formation. These vocalists meet with Mrs. Notch for coaching sessions before every Mass in which they serve. During these appointments, they discuss the upcoming Sunday readings in addition to rehearsing musical elements such as diction, phrasing, expression, and paralleling the text of the songs to the text of that weekend’s readings.
Cantor/Psalmist formation is offered year-round to high school aged singers and above. This unique opportunity for formation promotes personal and musical growth and a strong sense of community for the volunteers, the Music Ministry Department, and the congregation. One is not required to be a member of any other musical ensemble at St. Charles in order to serve as a cantor and/or psalmist. Cantors should be able to read music and must be willing to attend practices, vocal training, and occasional workshops. Auditions are required. If anyone is interested in being trained as a cantor and/or psalmist, please contact Maria Notch, Liturgical Music Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Aaron Mathews, Director of Liturgical Music at email@example.com.
To sign up via online registration, please click on the following link: St. Charles Music Ministry Registration Form