You are needed: Advent/Christmas Choirs at Emmaus!!
Musicians, the Curious, and the Christmas regiment, Singers AND Instruments,
Please read this carefully! Attachments to this email:
The Master Advent/Christmas Calendar
Special Music compilation
This communication has two purposes: To decide which Mass (or Masses!) you wish to sing, and to sign-up for solos and preludes.
You do NOT have to be a choir member to participate!
You are free to sing ANY Mass you want, as long as you meet the criteria.
You are encouraged to sing more than one Mass on Christmas Eve.
What follows are the Masses, singing groups and eligibility requirements for Christmas Eve:
4:00 PM - Children's Mass
Children's Choir, and all children Grades 2 - 8
Children younger than Grade 2 may participate in the Christmas Pageant at this Mass, so call the parish office if interested
4:15 PM – Family Mass in the PLC
Formerly known as the Overflow Mass
Unofficially Ars Antiqua, anyone in Grades 7 to Adult
6:00 PM - Contemporary Mass
Unofficially for Youth Band, Grade 7 to College Age
Adult leaders may be recruited if needed
11:59 PM - Midnight Mass
Anyone Grade 7 to Adult
My hope is to have special prelude music
30 minutes before EACH MASS.
It is time to decide if God is calling you! Remember, you need NOT be a cantor:
To provide special music during the prelude for the Christmas Mass(es) of your choosing. This includes vocal solo, instrumental, or small group
To sing the psalm and other special music during the liturgy.
4:00 PM Children’s Mass
– Prelude begins at 3:30, and will present a special Christmas pageant around 3:50; so we need cantors for prelude and Mass!
4:15 PM Family Mass in the PLC
– Prelude to begin 3:45 PM
6:00 PM Contemporary Mass
– Prelude to begin 20-30 minutes prior to mass (will depend on the length of the 4:00 Children’s Mass.
11:59 PM Midnight Mass
– Prelude to begin 30 minute prior to mass.
To avoid over-scheduling, the following hierarchy applies.
First Preference: active ensemble members (including returning college students who were once active),
Second Preference: inactive ensemble members who ARE parishioners
Third Preference: non-parishioners.
Fourth Preference: 1st come, 1st serve in effect.
Please, do not assume if you sang last year I will automatically schedule your piece this. Please request again. Contrary to the past, you do not have right of first refusal if you have sung that piece a previous year. This year all folks have a chance, especially for the real popular pieces. So, try to let me know soon, as there are factors I need to consider.
I am attaching a LONG list of approved Christmas titles from which to choose. Make sure you look at BOTH pages.
You do not need to pick something off the list. We will avoid doing prelude music that is to be used in the liturgy, like Silent Night. When in doubt, ask.
When selecting special music, be realistic, making sure that the piece is in your range and demonstrates the very best you are able to sing. Not all pieces work for everyone. In rare cases, I may intervene and help you find the selection that is the most appropriate for you. Sometimes folks have asked me to pick something for them. That is no problem!
I may need you to provide sheet music, etc. for me to make sure we're in the right key, correct arrangement, and form.
4:15 PM Family Mass in the PLC people:
Make sure you communicate first through me what piece you would like to sing. Christina is in charge of this Mass, but I am usually the one providing logistical support for you up until the week before Christmas. I will not be playing at this Mass and we need to be respectful of our guest musicians to ensure they have time to prepare all the music.
When you respond to this communication, make sure you let me know at which Mass(es) you will sing or play.
Folks, it is pretty much first come first serve from here. I look forward wait to hearing your ideas. Please do not be afraid to ask questions or make requests.
Let's try to have this in place and ready to go by December 1, 2018.
Director of Music Ministries
Christmas Music Solos for Christmas.2018.Emmaus.pdf
Master AdventChristmas Choir Schedule 2018.pdf
Please follow this calendar very carefully…you may not be able to predict subtle changes in the day or time you are used to rehearsing!
on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 5:15PM