Brian DuSell, D.M.A. Director of Music Ministry
The music ministry of St. Ignatius Church uses the talents of the parish's volunteer singers and instrumentalists to give glory to God through leading the assembly in song during the liturgies and through annual concerts and other special events. The music program at St. Ignatius is led by Dr. Brian DuSell. At the heart of the St. Ignatius music ministry are three choirs that serve the parish. All of the singers in these choirs are volunteers who give most generously of their time and talent. New members are always welcome in the choirs and in fact very much enrich the experience for all of the choir members.
If you would like more information or to join a choir, please contact Dr. DuSell by telephone (773) 764-5936 ext. 17 or by e-mail: email@example.com.
The Parish Choir is an SATB (soprano-alto-tenor-bass) chorus for teens and adults that rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. and from 9:15-9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings and sings for the 10 a.m. mass each Sunday. The parish choir sings a wide range of repertoire including hymnody, chant, Renaissance polyphony, choral anthems, and contemporary music. For the Sunday liturgies, the parish choir sings from either the music area at the front of the church or the choir loft. When in front, the choir is accompanied by the piano and when in the choir loft, the choir is accompanied by the organ. While the primary function of this choir is to lead the singing of the liturgy at the Sunday 10 a.m. mass, its members routinely participate in St. Ignatius parish's choral concerts.
The Coro Hispano is a teen and adult choir which currently rehearses on Sunday mornings at 11:30 a.m. and sings in Spanish for the 12 p.m. mass each Sunday. This choir sings beautiful Hispanic liturgical songs and often sings together with the Hispanic children's choir, the Coro de Niños. The choir is accompanied by piano, bass, and percussion.
The Coro de Niños is the parish's primary children's choir which rehearses on Saturday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and sings for the 12 p.m. mass on average three times a month from September - May. During the choir season, the Coro de Niños sings for the solemnities of Cristo Rey, Christmas eve 4 p.m. misa familiar, Domingo de Ramos, Pascua, Dia de las Madres and Pentecostes. This choir is open to all children ages 7 and older who are able to consistently attend rehearsals. A wonderful feature of this choir is that the choristers receive training not only in basic singing skills, but also are taught music reading skills (reading and pitching notes in the treble clef, how to read and count rhythms, and sight-singing). Choristers who are a part of this choir usually learn thirty to forty songs a season. They learn a repertory of beautiful sacred music that they will know and sing for the rest of their lives. The rehearsals are led primarily in English.
While the parish does not currently have a children's choir which sings for the English language masses, we would like to establish such a choir. We would need eight or more children in order to begin an English children's choir. At this time, talented, disciplined children and youth are welcome to sing with the parish choir. Please contact Dr. DuSell if you would like your child to participate in choir. If you would like to become a member of one of the St. Ignatius choirs, please call Dr. DuSell at (773) 764-5936 ext. 17 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.