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!

Upcoming Liturgies and Concerts


laetare sunday (Fourth Sunday of lent)

*The word "Laetare" comes from the Latin meaning "Rejoice" and opens the Entrance Antiphon that we sing during the procession at Mass on Sunday.

Saturday, March 10, 2018
VIGiL Mass | 5:00 PM

Members of the Schola Cantorum and Baroque Orchestra performing Antonio Vivaldi's glorious Laetatus Sum (Psalm 121) for choir and string orchestra, as well as works by Handel, Isaac, and Lotti.

Sunday, March 11, 2018
7:30 AM | 9:00 AM | 10:30 AM | 12:00 Noon | 5:45 PM

Members of the Chancel Choir and Schola Cantorum accompanied by the Blessed Sacrament Sackbut Ensemble performing works by Isaac, Lotti, and Victoria.


Tre Ore ("Three Hours")

good friday, March 30, 2018
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Featuring The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, by Joseph Haydn, performed by the Blessed Sacrament Baroque Orchestra

This year, at our annual Tre Ore service, members of the Blessed Sacrament Baroque Orchestra will offer The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, by Catholic composer Joseph Haydn, performed in its original arrangement for string quartet.  Haydn composed a series of instrumental works to function as musical reflections and responses to each of the Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross.

On Good Friday the Church keeps the anniversary of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.   From the earliest times, the church kept every Friday as a feast day; the obvious reasons for those usages explain why Easter is the Sunday par excellence and why the Friday which marks the anniversary of Christ's death came to be called the Great, Holy, or the Good Friday.

Good Friday is the most somber day of the year. A silence pervades, socializing is kept to a minimum, things are done quietly; it is a day of mourning.  The Temple of the Body of Christ is destroyed much like the horrors of the Babylonian Exile. Traditionally, Catholics have worn black, covered their mirrors, extinguished candles, kept amusements and distractions to a minimum, and carried themselves throughout the day with great solemnity. The Crucifixion of Christ (The New Adam) on Mt. Calvary is said to have taken place where the first Adam was buried.

Because Jesus was on the Cross between Noon and 3:00 p.m., these three hours today are considered the most sacred of all.  A devotion called "Tre Ore" (Three Hours) is often celebrated at this time.   Other common forms of worship are to meditate on the Gospel narratives of the Passion, make the Stations of the Cross, pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, celebrate a Tenebrae service or sing a musical setting of the Passion either in Gregorian Chant or with choir and orchestra.

As is our custom, confessions will be heard throughout the Tre Ore service.  All are welcome to attend. 

Open Auditions

Blessed Sacrament Parish is holding open auditions for paid staff singers for our various vocal ensembles. 

We are seeking punctual professionals to provide high quality singing and support for parish liturgical celebrations, including Saturday/Sunday liturgies, solemnities, feast days, funeral and nuptial Masses, concerts, and other events as assigned.  Candidates should possess the ability and willingness to read notes of both the round and square variety, and be proficient in English and Latin. 

Standard repertoire at Blessed Sacrament consists of both Gregorian and Dominican chant, polyphony, motets, anthems, hymns, songs, and concert repertoire. Candidates will kindly assist in fostering the musical talents and participation of all music ministers, parishioners, and volunteers.  Practicing Roman Catholics are preferred. 

Please contact our Musical Director, Matthew Loucks, at mloucks@bspwa.org.

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!"

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

Blessed Sacrament Parish is the only Catholic Parish on the entire West Coast that boasts its own resident Sackbut Ensemble.  The Sackbut is the ancestor of the modern trombone, negotiating pitch changes by the use of a u-shaped slide.  It was employed regularly during the Renaissance and Baroque Periods.  The Sackbut was often used to support the singing of polyphony as well as antiphonal choral works, while simultaneously maintaining its own ensemble repertoire, often performing alongside the slide trumpet or violin (which is also the custom at Blessed Sacrament). 

Our Sackbut Ensemble is led by Mr. Keith Winkle and supports our Music Ministry approximately one Sunday per month, as well as for solemnities and feast days as assigned.  Membership is by Audition or invite only. 

Psalmists and Cantors


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."


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."


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."

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..."

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."