Music Ministry

Adult Choir

The Adult Choir is the primary choir at St. Joan of Arc and ideally features a variety of ages. They sing at the 9:00am Sunday liturgy every week from September to Pentecost. Occasionally, they sing at other weekend masses or for celebrations of Sacramental Programs such as Confirmation and First Communion. The Adult Choir serves a Soup Supper in conjunction with traditional Friday Stations of the Cross during Lent. 

Rehearsals are nominally first and third Tuesday 7:30-9pm (7:15pm leading up to Christmas and Easter) with a call Sunday 8:30am in Church. Please check the Adult Choir schedule for the times and dates of rehearsals and masses. 

The Adult Choir is volunteer and non-auditioned. We welcome new interest. We also welcome instrumentalists. The Choir currently averages 2-3 singers. Feel free to ask the Director of Music or any participant in the Music Ministry for further information or to get involved.

Seasonal Children's Choir

children singing
The Seasonal Children's Choir and Instrumentalists is designed for 1st through 8th grade and includes children from families in the Day School and the Parish/PSR community. They rehearse Thursday a week prior to Christmas 6:30-7:30pm in church.

The Seasonal Children's Choir sings at the 4pm Christmas Eve Mass. This group has occasionally been used for First Communion and Easter and a number of 8th graders have regularly contributed to Confirmation. The size of the group varies and tends to be from 15-30 singers.
In the past we have worked with a wide variety of musical styles including Life Teen songs for a "Second Sunday" evening mass. We welcome suggestions for engaging material which speaks to youth. 
Look for important information in the form of flyers posted under Music Ministry Downloads, PSR e-blast, Day School Parent Bulletin, or announcements at mass or in the classroom regarding opportunities. For further information, please contact the Director of Music or PSR Dir. Sr. Judith Bucco, SND, at [email protected]

Tuesday All School Mass

Student cantors and instrumentalists from SJA Day School join us for weekly Tuesday morning mass at 9am during the school year.
If your student is interested in cantoring for Day School Mass, please contact the Director of Music or our Day School Principal, or the SJA Day School Office (440) 247-6530, for further information or to get involved. 

Resurrection Choir

The Resurrection Choir consists of those who have mornings free, as funerals are generally scheduled 10:00am, 11:00am, or 12:00pm weekdays and Saturdays. The Resurrection Choir features predominately retired persons and is an opportunity to aid the grieving in their hour of need or more often for those who do not respect the process of preparation and commitment which should be expected of the Adult Choir.
Members of the Adult Choir participate in the Resurrection Choir as well. Members on the Resurrection Choir roster will be contacted by the Director of Music via email at the time a funeral is scheduled and generally meet ten minutes prior to the scheduled beginning of the funeral in church. Ensemble size varies depending on availability and tends to be 2-3 people.

Cantor Guild

The Cantor Guild consists of animators/singers from our choirs who have a special gift of leadership. They sing at regularly scheduled weekend liturgies. We currently feature 3 people on our cantor roster and welcome new interest.

Cantors, please check the Cantor Schedule, Liturgy Sheets, and Music Ministry Downloads for preparatory resources, times and dates you are scheduled to sing. 

Liturgy Committee

Members from the Adult Choir and Parish community serve on the Liturgy Committee which meets every four to six weeks. The Liturgy Committee plans in advance for weekend liturgies and other Holidays and Holy Days. The Committee also serves as a liason between the Parish and Director of Music.  
The size of the Liturgy Committee is currently 2-3 people including the director and has, in the past, reached 5-6 people. Anyone interested in serving on the Liturgy Committee and sharing your perspective on how to enrich liturgical life is welcome to speak with the Director of Music or any committee member on how to get involved. 

Contact Us

Director of Music
Ralph Holtzhouser

Music Ministry Downloads

Liturgy Sheets

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

496 East Washington Street
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
P: 440-247-7183
F: 440-247-2327

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