Music plays a vital role in our liturgical prayer. In choir, children grow in their faith, develop an appreciation for the rich musical tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, and learn to provide an important ministry to their parish. The Children and Youth Choirs of St. Rita are affiliated with American Federation Pueri Cantores and the Royal School of Church Music.
A choir for students in grades 1-2. Rehearsals are held each Monday from 3:30-4:15 p.m. during the school year. The choir sings for one 5:30 p.m. Saturday Mass each semester, at the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass, and for the Advent Lessons and Carols program. Emphasis is given to developing the singing voice, rhythmic literacy, and overall musicianship.
Kaylan Sikkel, director
Jubilate Deo Choir
Choir for students in grades 3-8. Rehearsals are held on Thursday from 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. during the school year. Children in this choir sing once each month with the Adult Choir at the 10:45 High Mass, once each semester for Solemn Vespers, on Christmas Eve, and at various concerts, festivals, and liturgies. The choristers participate in The Royal School of Church Music Voice for Life curriculum. There are five levels of ribbons and the awarding of each ribbon represents the successful completion of specific requirements in the areas of music theory, music history, and liturgy.
Alfred Calabrese, director
Saint Rita Choir
The Saint Rita Choir is known throughout the diocese and the country as one of the premiere Catholic adult choirs. Members of the choir are assigned to either the 9:00 or 10:45 a.m. Mass each Sunday from late August through June. Membership is open to advanced high school singers through adult. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:00 ‑ 9:30, with members of the 9:00 choir rehearsing only until 8:45 p.m. The full choir also presents Choral Vespers once each month and sings for the major liturgies and feasts of the year, as well as concerts of Saint Rita Fine Arts. A placement hearing is required and music reading ability is a plus.
Alfred Calabrese, director
This diverse group rejoices in a blend of traditional and contemporary Hispanic music and serves the 12:30 p.m. Bilingual Mass each Sunday. They also take part in the major ethnic feasts of the year, including the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Extra instruction in guitar technique and music reading skills are provided. Singers and instrumentalists are welcome. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Cesar Anguiano, director
Lux Mundi Ensemble
This group of singers and instrumentalists presents a blend of traditional Catholic hymns and music from the Praise and Worship style and sings for the 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass. Membership is open to high school students through adult, accepting singers and instrumentalists. The ensemble takes part in Christmas Eve liturgies, presents an Advent program of Lessons and Carols, and occasionally collaborates with other ensembles of our music program. Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoons from 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Carmela Couvillon, director
Matthew Glass, associate and vocal coach
The Handbell Choir, for high school students through adult, rings five octaves of Malmark handbells, two octaves of choir chimes, and three octaves of Petit-Frietzen bells. They rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. The choir most often participates at the 5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass, for Advent Lessons and Carols, and for special events in the community.
Bonnie Riddle, director