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Music Ministry


“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.” 
Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship – Document of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Director – Robert Nafarrete
Phone – 562-296-9050   Email –

Music Ministry first of all, serves.  It serves the gathered community at prayer, allowing the community to actively participate in the Liturgy.

The most beautiful sound to a music minister is the sound of the assembly joined together in song and, consequently, in prayer.   Participation in that prayer is made more alive when our voices, our ears, our bodies, our minds, our hearts are fully engaged in worship and praise, in sorrow and grief, in justice and mercy.

The singing assembly shares life-breath and becomes one through the action of singing brought to ultimate fulfillment in the Eucharist. The liturgy constantly brings us to community.   We are not individuals, worshiping our Triune God alone, but rather are all parts of the one, the common union, the communion.   Our individual-ness is brought to the community and made part of the community, and in that sharing, the community, and each of us, is made richer.

Those who serve St. Hedwig as Music Ministers are as varied and diverse as is the community.  Some are professionals – those who have studied and honed their gifts and talents and are called to share and serve.  Others volunteer to share their time, talent, and the treasure of themselves in a Choir or Ensemble.  Still others come from the community and share their talents with specific instruments, using their gifts to make even more beautiful the church in the action of the Liturgy. Regardless of the gift or level of training, the call to serve is what motivates, what calls each one of us to place ourselves at the service of the people of God.

This call to serve is given only by God – found where “God dwells within each human person”.  If you have heard God call you to serve in Music Ministry or any other ministry, don’t hesitate – do.  Do take action.  God is persistent and loving.  He will bring you back around to where He wants you to serve.  If that place is in Music Ministry, check out the Choirs and Ensembles and opportunities on this website, then contact the Music Ministry Office today.


Youth Choir

Director: Robert Nafarrete
Membership: All parish children in Grades 2-8
Rehearsals Times:  Wednesdays from 3:00 to 3:45 pm in the Church, from Sept through May
Service Times: 10:30 am Sunday Mass on the second Sunday of each month.  They also sing for one Christmas Eve Mass and Easter Sunday Mass.
Requirements: Choristers learn basic music theory and recognition, basic singing skills and will grasp basic principles of liturgy, ministry and faith.  No audition or previous singing experience is required; however, choristers should have basic reading skills.

Contemporary Ensemble

Director: Robert Nafarrete
Membership: All parishioners from High School through Adult
Rehearsals Times:  Vocal rehearsal on Mondays from 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Instrumental rehearsal on Sundays from 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Service Times: The entire ensemble servers at the Sunday 5:30 pm Mass twice a month.
The instrumentalists also serve on the alternating Sundays.
Requirements: Musicians that form this group are singers of all ranges and dedicated instrumentalists – guitar, bass, and percussion.

New members of the vocal portion of this Ensemble are always welcome.  Ability to read music and sing in a contemporary way will be helpful for singers.  Contemporary music demands more rhythmically than any other music, so ability to grasp rhythm is a plus.  A painless audition may be required.  The musical connection to faith is emphasized.

This group is dedicated to sharing older and newer repertoire in a more contemporary way and would be a good fit for anyone interested in a more contemporary sound in worship.

Adult Choir

Director: Robert Nafarrete
Membership: The Adult Choir is open to all parishioners High School age through Adult
Rehearsals Times:  Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Church
Service Times: 8:30 am Sunday Mass weekly, and also at the Triduum liturgies, Christmas Midnight Mass and other masses throughout the liturgical year.  Their service year begins in September and concludes in June.  This choir also participates in the annual Diocesan Choral Festival.
Requirements: The Adult Choir sings a varied and rich repertoire of music from Latin chant to traditional hymnody to contemporary songs, as well as anthems from the masters and from more recent composers.

Members of this choir should have a willingness to learn and the sing with a group.  Some musical knowledge is helpful but not necessary.  If you can tell that the notes go up and down, then you have ‘some musical knowledge.’  A painless audition may be required.  Basic music theory, good vocal production, and liturgical principles are taught, and faith is shared. 


Other Opportunities in Music Ministry


Those who play instruments, such as flute, violin, guitar, trumpet, trombone, and many more are invited to share their talents with the parish community.

Instrumentalists can add beauty and solemnity to our liturgies and special events.  You will find them at many of our major feasts and solemnities.

They should be proficient with their instrument and have a good command of that instrument.  Ability to improvise and transpose is a plus.  Most often parts are provided.

Anyone interested in serving in this way should contact the Music Ministry Office.

Cantors & Accompanists

Here at St. Hedwig, we are blessed with many professional musicians who serve the community as cantors and/or accompanists.

A Cantor is more than a competent singer.  The Cantor’s ministry is animating the assembly’s song.  The cantor serves as Psalmist and Song Leader.  Leadership ability is most important.

An Accompanist leads and serves the assembly’s song in union with a cantor, choir, or ensemble.  In addition, the accompanist, can ‘stimulate feelings of joy and contemplation’ through music performed on organ, piano, guitar, or other instrument.

These ministries at St. Hedwig require specific and rigorous training.  Anyone interested in these ministries should contact the Music Office for more information.


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