St. John Neumann Choir

St. John Neumann has one choir under the direction of our Music Minister, Gary Fitzgerald.

Contact Info: fitzgerald.ge@gmail.com    703-786-7901


SJN Choir FAQ

 

Who are we?

We are a loyal, dedicated group of volunteers who offer our time and talent as part of the worship leadership of St. John Neumann.

 

What do we do?

The choir provides congregational leadership in prayer, praise, and of course song.  Full participation by the whole assembly is the expected norm in worship; the primary role of the choir is to support and encourage congregational song.  In addition, we provide special music drawn from the great depth and breadth of literature from chant of the Middle Ages to the finest living composers of church music.

 

What is the time commitment?

We rehearse most Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, and prepare on Sunday mornings 30 minutes before the service.  We alternate singing at 8:30 am and 11:00 am, so we usually assemble at 8:00 am or 11:00 am.  We sing Christmas Eve services at 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm, and Christmas Day at 10:00 am.  Holy Week is a busy time – we sing at the Holy Thursday and Good Friday services (7:00 pm), the Easter Vigil (30 minutes after Community Sunset), and Easter Day at 8:30 am and 11:00 am, with breakfast in between.  The choir typically takes a break between Trinity Sunday and Labor Day.

 

What is the talent requirement?

The most important requirement is willingness to serve and ability to join us regularly.  Ability to read music at any level is an obvious advantage, but if your music reading is like Sanskrit to an Eskimo, most of what you need is easily acquired through regular exposure.  Experience is also helpful, but not necessary – if this is your first time, you are warmly welcome and will be strongly supported and encouraged!  Some of you will have been complimented on your voice for most of your life, perhaps from a young age; if so, please share it with us!  Others of you enjoy singing but have assumed that choir membership is only for “the really good singers.”  Surprise – this could be you! 

Special note to those who have been told some variation of “just move your mouth”:  First, adults who say that to children should be condemned to follow their own advice; it’s cruel and unnecessary.  Second, if you have accepted this judgment and decided you “just can’t sing,” you are virtually certain to be wrong!  I began working as a church musician at age 13; in the ensuing 51 years I’ve only met two people who were saddled with the combination of factors that meant they genuinely could not match pitch and/or rhythm.  Desire and willingness to put in some reasonable, focused effort can result in a ministry opportunity to contribute to your congregation with a truly great group of people!

Whatever your perceived assessment of your abilities, please consider that I’m in a position to know what is possible, and I will do everything I can to set you up for success.  Join us, and test me on this!

How To Get Involved

I’d love to talk to you about membership.  Please feel free to see me after whatever service you attend (including Saturday!), e-mail me at fitzgerald.ge@gmail.com, call me on 703-786-7901, or sit in with us at a Wednesday rehearsal.  You’ll be glad you did!

 

Gary Fitzgerald, Music Minister

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