St. Boniface offers several opportunities for parishioners, young & old alike, to share their musical talents within the community. Whether your talent is instrumental or vocal, we encourage you to seek out one of our opportunities. The vibrancy of the programs depends greatly on parish participation.
If you have an interest in any of these music ministries or would like more information, please contact our Director of Liturgy and Music, Jonathan Kim at 949-246-4721.
“God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises.” from Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship – Document of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
This parish choir leads the worshiping assembly in its sacred song and presents selections of sacred choral music to enhance the liturgy. It mainly ministers at the 8:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy and at all major parish celebrations and holidays. The choir meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. to rehearse. This ministry is open to parishioners of high school age and above. This choir has a wide variety of musical talent and experience, ranging from non-music reading members to musicians with formal training. Some members are cantors while others are group singers. The ability to read music is not required. New members, regardless of skill or experience, are always welcome. No auditions required.
When a man is singing and cannot lift his voice, and another comes and sings with him - another who can lift his voice - then the first will be able to lift his voice too. That is the secret of the bond between spirit and spirit. – Martin Buber
Cantors are parishioners who have answered the call to a most ancient ministry in the Church. The cantor’s main responsibility is to lead the community in song at liturgy. Cantors lead the assembly in singing of Psalms during the Liturgy of the Word and in sung prayer throughout the entire liturgy. Cantors must be able to read music, be willing to learn more about their role in the liturgy (historically and currently) and to grow in their ministry through practice, voice training and occasional workshops. Auditions are required.
All earthly music is an attempt to "pluck out of the spheres the sound of the Divine Love that said, "Let there be." -Sir John Tavener
The Resurrection Choir serves as representatives of the parish’s bereavement ministry as well as leaders of liturgical music at all the parish’s funerals. People of all ages who enjoy singing and desire to support those experiencing the loss of a loved one are invited to this ministry. Members of this choir enjoy flexible scheduling and are able to participate fairly easily on a short notice. There is usually a 2-3 day notice of an upcoming funeral or memorial service. There are no rehearsals for this choir. No auditions required.
"God gave us music that we might pray without words." from Alte Oper Haus Frankfurt West Germany
Parishioners who have performance knowledge of a particular musical instrument are encouraged to participate in the worship life of the parish by offering their gift to enhance the assembly’s song and to join in ensemble groups for special celebrations. All instrumentalists are welcome and encouraged. Auditions are required.
All of life is music if one touches the notes rightly, and in time. - John Ruskin
The Christmas Choir sings a short concert before the 10 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve and the three Sundays after Christmas.
“…is that a joyous choir I hear? No, it is the Lord Himself exulting over you in happy song.” Zephaniah 3:17
You’ve given me the words, Lord, and the music,
A song of life that’s new and unrehearsed.
You’ve given me the joy that makes my heart sing,
even though at times the tears come first.
You’ve given me the theme for my existence,
and I will sing Your glory all my days.
For now, Lord… and forever… be my Music,
and make my life a symphony of praise.
by B.J. Huff