Singing at Church

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Singing at Church
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Wed, 03-24-2010 - 6:12pm

I have some questions for you all regarding singing and music at Mass.


Do you sing at Mass?


If not, why not?


Does your congregation generally sing well?


What hymnals/music resources does your Church use?


What types of musicians/instrumentation does your church use?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-29-1999
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 03-24-2010 - 6:27pm

I'll answer my own questions:


Do you sing at Mass?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 03-24-2010 - 7:56pm

Do you sing at Mass?

*** Yes!

If not, why not?

*** if I don't, it is because I don't have a hymnal with the music and I don't know the piece very well.

Does your congregation generally sing well?

*** Not really. It really depends on the choir. One of ours plays the music SO.....SLOW.... It is hard to sing! Another choir uses the new hymnal so we are still in the 'teach the congregation the new stuff' phase.

What hymnals/music resources does your Church use?

***The Men's choir uses the Catholic Book of Worship III, the Contemporary Choir uses the Glory & Praise, and the 'Folk' choir uses the Spirit & Song.

What types of musicians/instrumentation does your church use? For example, choirs, cantors, "folk" groups, organ, piano, other instruments.

*** The Men's Choir uses piano. Contemporary uses an organ (soul reason why they are so slow) Folk is piano and guitar, drums if the drummer is there... They are the 'fun' choir so they tend to get the instruments. They had a stand up bass before she graduated and moved away for collage. Each group provides a cantor. We always have a choir at a mass.

If you have cantors or choirs are they in front of the congregation all the time or do they sometimes sit and sing from the pews...or are they in a choir loft?

*** Kinda a tricky question. We are in the midst of building. Our Sanctuary we are using now, will be the future Hall. So it isn't set up to have a choir loft for say. So they are to the left on the floor with choir mics. At the old church, we were up at the front and to the right. In the future Sanctuary.... NO IDEA!

If you use a cantor, does he or she sing the psalm from the ambo?

*** Yes. However, if the Folk Choir leader can't convince someone to cantor, he will do it from the piano even though Fr. said no way back when.

What do you think enables or encourages people to sing the most at Mass?

*** The music and the choir. The elders don't like to sing with the Folk group b/c they are too up tempo and new. The younger people don't like the Senior type choirs b/c the music is 'old'. Everyone seems to like the 'oldie by goodie' type hymns every once in a while though...

What part of the country (or world) are you in?

*** I am in Saskatchewan Canada.




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Registered: 04-02-2009
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 03-24-2010 - 8:44pm

Do you sing at Mass?

Absolutely.... although some songs are difficult to sing. Other times the cantor takes away a response to turn it into an echo :(

Does your congregation generally sing well?

I think we're pretty average. I think folks sing less when there's a choir because they don't realize the choir is there to lead not to perform

What hymnals/music resources does your Church use?

OCP.... can't remember which hymnal it is

What types of musicians/instrumentation does your church use? For example, choirs, cantors, "folk" groups, organ, piano, other instruments.

We have a variety.... there is the choir that comes with a pianist and sometimes a guitar. There is the children's choir w/pianist and there is a cantor w/pianist

If you have cantors or choirs are they in front of the congegation all the time or do they sometimes sit and sing from the pews...or are they in a choir loft?>>>>

They are near the altar off to the side but the cantor tends to stay on the altar although off to the side

If you use a cantor, does he or she sing the psalm from the ambo?

If I'm correct the Ambo is where the readings/Gospel are proclaimed.... that's on the other side of the altar.... although the cantor does have a similar stand to use for cantoring

What do you think enables or encourages people to sing the most at Mass?

singable music... few like singing a song that is written for high sopranos. Few will sing if the choir is singing so much harmony that the melody is lost. New Mass part that have never been taught (happens all the time at our parish)

What part of the country (or world) are you in?

northern Alabam

Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John


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Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Registered: 04-02-2009
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 03-24-2010 - 8:47pm

What do you think enables or encourages people to sing the most at Mass? That's sort of what I'm trying to figure out. I've been to all kinds of training and have heard all kinds of opinions about this and I'm not really sure what works best. One definate is having good quality, singable music. There has been a huge trend in our diocese against musical "performances". It's not supposed to be about how fancy the instrumentation and harmonies can be. It isn't a performance, it's about getting the people to sing. But where is that line between good quality music and performance?>>>>>>

there is a huge trend against musical performances because that's not what music is supposed to be at Mass. we are ALL supposed to participate in Mass and that includes the prayer of song. when the melody line is lost or the instruments overtake the vocals, folks are not going to sing...they either can't or figure why bother since teh choir is enjoying hearing themselves...

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John


www.reneesuz.blogspot.com

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James,

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-29-1999
In reply to: mappers
Wed, 03-24-2010 - 9:12pm

I totally agree with you.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-28-2003
In reply to: mappers
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 10:40am

Do you sing at Mass?

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Registered: 08-26-2000
In reply to: mappers
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 10:02pm

Do you sing at Mass?

 


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Registered: 05-26-2005
In reply to: mappers
Fri, 03-26-2010 - 9:10am

Hi - I haven't been here in ages, but stopped by late last night and noticed this topic which is right up my alley! ;-) My husband and I have been members of our choir for 31 years (and for about 20 years before that in our previous parish's choir).


Do you sing at Mass?


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Registered: 08-18-2006
In reply to: mappers
Mon, 04-05-2010 - 6:31pm

I usually just mouth the words.