The cantor has two primary roles, “both as a singer and a leader for congregational singing” (STL, 37). Cantors at St. James also serve as the psalmist. Cantors are expected to be able to sing and facilitate the correct pronunciation and diction of the text. As a minister of music, one must have the ability to proclaim the text with clarity and conviction, with sensitivity both to the text and to those who are listening. Cantors are regularly scheduled once a month. Cantors are expected to be well rehearsed and prepared before Mass. Rehearsals can be set up with the Director of Liturgy and Music at any time.
While the human voice is the primary instrument used in the liturgy, the organ holds a pre-eminent place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. At St. James we are very blessed to have a 2 Manual, 14 rank Miller Pipe Organ. This organ was donated by Edward B. & Delores M. Ward & Family, was built and installed in 1986. Like most Catholic churches in the United States we make use of the piano as a central instrument to lead and support the congregational singing. St. James is activity seeking enthusiastic organists and pianists that would like to serve at weekend liturgies.
Interested in becoming involved? Contact the Music Director to find out more information.
Contact – Danny Baker, Director of Music & Liturgy 781-4343 x207 gro.y1561422979trebi1561422979l-sem1561422979ajts@1561422979ynnad1561422979