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Music at Blessed Sacrament

The Music Ministry is home to a vibrant community of singers and musicians that serve together at Weekend Mass and special concerts! We are always looking for folks to join our numbers! E-mail Matthew Loucks at mloucks@bspwa.org to learn more! 

Learn more about our Instrumental Ensembles, Psalmists and Cantors, and Vocal Ensembles below!

Then read on for information about upcoming concerts and events.


Announcement 

Blessed Sacrament has an opening for a Countertenor (alto) Section Leader Position.  Please click here to learn more. Contact Music Director Matthew Loucks at mloucks@bspwa.org to apply.


Instrumental Ensembles

Brass Ensemble

The Blessed Sacrament Brass Ensemble was founded in November of 2015 and is made up of Blessed Sacrament Brass players and percussionists under the leadership of acclaimed trumpeter Judson Scott.

Parishioners delight monthly in the sonorous sounds of our Brass Ensemble as they appear side by side with our Chancel Choir (10:30AM Mass) augmented by the glorious acoustics of our historic Sanctuary!  

These exemplary musicians share their talents for special feasts and solemnities throughout the liturgical year most notably at our celebration of the Epiphany, Corpus Christi and our annual Thanksgiving Liturgy.

Membership is by audition.

"From the days when the Ark of the Covenant was accompanied in procession by cymbals, harps, lyres, and trumpets, God’s people have, in various periods, used a variety of musical instruments to sing his praise!"
SING TO THE LORD , USCCB 2007

Baroque Orchestra

 

The Blessed Sacrament Baroque Orchestra is the only 18th Century Instrument Orchestra "in residence" in a Catholic Church in the entire state of Washington!  

This ensemble accompanies the Blessed Sacrament Schola Cantorum and Chancel Choir for numerous events throughout the Liturgical Year including seasonal Cantatas by J.S. Bach and G.P. Telleman (Advent & Lent), the ALL SOULS Requiem Mass (11/2), our annual "MESSIAH" performance, the Tre Ore Service on Good Friday and our annual ST. CECILIA MUSIC FESTIVAL.

Our Baroque Orchestra hosts some of the finest musicians in the Northwest performing on 18th Century string , wind, brass, horn, percussion and keyboard instruments.   These select musicians have performed under the baton of our Music Director, Matthew Loucks, since 2008. 

Membership is by invitation.

"...instrumental music can assist the gathering assembly in preparing for worship...it may give voice to the sentiments of the human heart through pieces played during the Liturgy... Instrumentalists are encouraged to play pieces from the treasury of sacred music by composers of various eras."
Music In Divine Worship, USCCB 2007

Psalmists and Cantors

Psalmists

The Blessed Sacrament Psalmists are musicians trained to proclaim the Psalm between the Readings as well as the Gospel Acclamation. 

"Persons designated for the ministry of psalmist should possess the ability for singing and a facility in correct pronunciation and diction...The psalmist sings the verses of the Responsorial Psalm from the ambo or other suitable place."
SING TO THE LORD, USCCB 2007

Cantors

The Cantors at Blessed Sacrament Parish lead the faithful in the Antiphons, Reponses, Hymnody and Congregational Song. 

"As a leader of congregational song, the cantor should take part in singing with the entire gathered assembly in order to promote
the singing of the liturgical assembly."

SING TO THE LORD, USCCB 2007

Vocal Ensembles

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir at Blessed Sacrament Parish was initiated in the Fall of 2015 and boasts both novice and veteran singers alike making a "joyful noise" weekly at our 10:30AM Holy Mass on Sunday mornings and for scheduled Feasts and Solemnities. 

This ensemble of mixed voices (SATB) welcomes singers of all musical abilities offering a "flexible" time commitment providing extended opportunities to parishioners with overly "scheduled" lives who still desire to contribute to the beauty of our liturgical celebrations through our church's vast musical repertoire.

The Chancel Choir sings weekly from the Graduale Simplex, intones and chants the assigned antiphons and psalms while faithfully exploring three to four part Anthems, Choruses, Motets and Hymnody. 

The Chancel Choir performs monthly with the Blessed Sacrament Brass Ensemble and is the ensemble "par excellence" for our annual ALL SOULS liturgy (with our resident Baroque Orchestra), Good Friday service, Easter Morning Mass as well as a host of other liturgical celebrations.

Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 8:30-9:30PM.  No audition is necessary.

"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy."
SACROSANCTUM CONCILLIUM 1963

Please contact our Director of Music at mloucks@bspwa.org for more information.

Laudate Ensemble

The LAUDATE ENSEMBLE joined the music ministry at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Lent of 2016 with the mission of providing music for the Holy Mass in the more recent genre of sacred "folk" music. Retaining the "folk" music idiom, the LAUDATE ENSEMBLE also incorporates three and four-part singing with accompaniment by piano, organ, guitar(s), violin, contrabass and a assortment of percussion instruments.

In addition to an extensive repertoire by post-Vatican II composers, the ensemble also incorporates sacred choral music from our Church's rich history including the weekly prescribed Antiphons/Psalms, Sacred Chant from the Graduale Simplex and traditional Hymnody.

Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons at 5:00PM. The LAUDATE ENSEMBLE is open to all musicians regardless of experience. 

Please contact our Director of Music at mloucks@bspwa.org for more information.

Men's schola

The Blessed Sacrament Men's Schola was established in the Spring of 2015 elevating our Liturgies once per month at the Anticipatory Mass on Saturdays (5:00PM) in addition to scheduled Feasts and Solemnities. 

Some of our finest basses, baritones, tenors and countertenors make up this ensemble regularly offering Dominican and Gregorian Chant, Latin Motets, English Anthems and Hymnody while continuing to advance the Catholic Church's wealth of Polyphonic works by such venerated composers as William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Giovanni Palestrina! 

The Men's Schola inaugurated our Parish's ST. CECILIA MUSIC FESTIVAL this past summer with an "arresting" rendition of William Byrd's "Mass For Three Voices" at an Ad Orientem Mass accompanied by the Blessed Sacrament Viola de Gamba Consort. 

Membership is by invitation.

"The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. Choirs must be diligently promoted..."
SACROSANCTUM CONCILLIUM 1963

Schola Cantorum

The very first Schola Cantorum was founded in 438 A.D. in the Catholic Church with the intent of promoting the singing of Liturgical Chant, Antiphons, the Ordinary of the Mass and Polyphony by highly trained and disciplined singers.  

Cultivated in the Spring of 2015, The Blessed Sacrament Schola Cantorum continues to advance this tradition with the weekly rendering of Sacred Chant (Latin and English), Psalms (Latin and English), the Ordinary of the Mass (Latin) while zealously exploring the Church's vast treasury of sacred Polyphony, Motets and Anthems.  In 2016, this Ensemble has embarked on a cycle of historic Cantatas, Odes and other Sacred Masterpieces by some of Western music's finest composers!

In addition to singing weekly at the 12:00 Noon Mass, the Schola Cantorum is featured in our Parish's annual Series of Sacred Music Concerts accompanied by our resident Baroque Orchestra.   The series includes such renowned concerts as our annual "MESSIAH" performance,
Tre Ore Service and our summer ST. CECILIA MUSIC FESTIVAL!

Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:00PM - 8:30PM.  Membership is by invitation.

Please contact our Director of Music at mloucks@bspwa.org for more information.

"A well-trained choir adds beauty and solemnity to the liturgy and also assists and encourages the singing of the congregation...(the choir) will assume the role of leadershi8p, while at other times it will retain its own distinctive ministry."
MUSIC IN CATHOLIC WORSHIP, 1969


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