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. At St. Mary's, the ministry of music, choir and instruments is designed to complement and enhance the liturgy used in the worship of 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 and Institute of Sacred Music.
Senior Choir – The Senior Choir is made up of high school students and adults who volunteer to 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 to 8:30 p.m.
Treble Choir – The Treble Choir is an auditioned group for 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.
Disciples in Song – Our newest singing group specializes in contemporary Christian/praise repertoire. Adults and youth are welcome. The group meets periodically after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday to prepare songs for worship.
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. Past performances have included piano recitals by Luiz de Moura Castro and Watson Morrison; instrumental performances by Sounding Brass, Duo del Sur (South American flute and piano) and percussionist Joseph Gramley; vocal music by Opera Express, Peter Harvey, Howard Sprout, and Marian Maccarone; and choral performances by CitySingers and Novi Cantori.