Children’s Choir

The St. Patrick Children’s Choir is open to any student in the third through eighth grades currently a member of the parish. The Children’s Choir generally sings the second Sunday of each during the 9:30 a.m. Mass, Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. Mass, other parish celebrations, and community events. In addition to singing at parish liturgies, those children in the parish school will sing once a month during the Wednesday 9:10 a.m. School Mass. Choir members will deepen their faith through the singing of age-appropriate texts and selections from the treasury of Catholic sacred music. They will grow as music ministers, leading the community to a full and more active participation in the liturgy. In addition to choral singing, selected students can be cantors and others will rotate through percussion instruments and tone chimes to further enhance their musical experience.

For more information, contact Henry Bauer at (301) 924-2285 x 306 or music@stpatricksmd.org.

Rehearsals 

The Children’s Choir rehearses on Thursday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional rehearsals will take place for special events, like the Lessons and Carols Dress Rehearsal. All choir members must arrange for transportation immediately following rehearsal. If Montgomery County Schools are closed, rehearsals will also be cancelled. A study hall, supervised by a VIRTUS-trained adult supervisor, will be provided for those children in our parish school. It will take place in the Parish Center Room 108 from 3:20 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You must sign your child up to participate in the study hall. You may sign up for the study hall on the contract form. Parents are asked to provide your child, if you wish, with a snack that they can eat. (No nut products-water only.) Your child may only be in Room 108 except to go to the bathroom and is not permitted to wander the halls. Your child may only use the time for study or reading (no electronics) so as to not disturb others who are studying.

Attendance

Attendance is monitored at all rehearsals and performances. Failure to participate consistently shows a lack of commitment. If a choir member is ill or knows in advance of a conflict that will prevent him or her from participating in a rehearsal or performance, please contact Henry Bauer at (301) 924-2285 x 306 or music@stpatricksmd.org.

Liturgies and Performances 

The Children’s Choir sings the second Sunday of each month during the school year for the parish 9:30 a.m. Mass, Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. Mass, as well as other parish and community events. A calendar of events is provided. Additional details will be given as each performance draws near. 

For all Sunday liturgies, choir members should meet in the church, properly dressed, and be seated by 9:00 a.m. It is very important for choir members to have time devoted to warm-up and a short rehearsal before Mass, so please be on time. Arrival times for other events will be specified.

Reminders & Information 

Information about upcoming rehearsals, liturgies, and other Children’s Choir events will be sent via e-mail. Please be sure to keep all contact the information current to facilitate communication.

Music 

It is the responsibility of each member to care for his or her music. Choral music is provided for each member and is the property of St. Patrick’s.

Food

No eating, drinking, or chewing gum is permitted during rehearsals or performances.

Dress for Masses and Performances 

Girls are to wear a white-collared shirt, black skirt or pants, and dark shoes. Boys are to wear a white-collared shirt, solid green (school) tie, black pants, and dark shoes. Green ties will be provided for all of the girls and for those boys not in the parish school.

Registration 

Membership in the Children’s Choir is a privilege and a responsibility. Choir members and parents are, therefore, requested to complete and sign the Children’s Choir Registration Form, promising to abide by the guidelines listed.

Staff Information

Director: Henry Bauer
Phone: (301) 924-2285 x.306
Email: music@stpatricksmd.org

Assistant: Debbie Brinker