There are opportunities for anyone to serve the community at Our Lady of Fatima by providing music at one of our Masses. From the contemporary music of the last decades to the solemn beauty of chant to the joyful sound of our three manual 1966 pipe Casavant organ, you are sure to find something to stir your soul. For more information on how you can be a part of the Music Ministry, please see below for more about our ensembles and contact Kate Moscato Leen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-283-1456 to sign up.
The Family Choir sings at the 5:00 Saturday Vigil, 4:00 Christmas Eve, and Holy Thursday Masses. It is open to women, men and accompanied children regardless of musical experience. Rehearsals are 45 minutes before Mass from 4:00-4:45 on Saturdays, and we will explore a variety of musical styles that are sung in unison or easy parts. This choir is designed for a parent or caregiver to sing at Mass with the children in their life, and provides a flexible commitment for busy families: just show up at 4:00 on Saturday to sing at Mass that evening!
The Schola provides music for the 8:30 Sunday Mass, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and, in conjunction with the Adult Choir, the 9:00 Christmas Eve, Easter Vigil, and Easter morning Masses. It is open to women and men regardless of musical experience and rehearses as needed, usually once a month on the first Thursday evening. This choir focuses on traditional repertoire for the Mass, including chant and traditional hymns. Consistent attendance at Masses and rehearsals is encouraged. This is an excellent entry point for beginning singers, but will also be rewarding to all!
The Adult Choir provides music for the weekly 10:30 Sunday Mass and, in conjunction with the Schola, the 9:00 Christmas Eve, Easter Vigil, and Easter morning Masses. Women, men, and teens with musical experience are welcome to join, and singers should be familiar with following written music accompanied by other singers or instruments. This choir rehearses from 7-8:30 on Thursday evenings and performs a variety of music with a special emphasis on contemporary repertoire. Instrumentalists (e.g., guitar, flute, oboe, and percussionists) are welcome with an audition. As this choir works on more challenging repertoire, absences from rehearsals and Mass should be pre-arranged, a singer should have no more than 8 absences from rehearsal and Mass during the choir season and will be available for all special Masses listed above.
Cantors are current members in good standing of one or more of the above ensembles and are responsible for a variety of functions during Mass, including singing the psalm and leading the congregation in the other sung parts of the Mass. They must have basic music reading skills, sing confidently and have passed an audition and are willing to spend extra time with the PA for Music and on their own preparing for Mass.
Our Casavant organ, installed in 2011, is used at all our Masses, with a special emphasis on organ music at our 8:30 Mass. For more information about our organ, including a stoplist, please click here and here.