Office of Music Ministry
|Sunday Evening Music Ensemble|
Curtis Wallace, Director email
"Be Filled with the Spirit,
addressing one another in
Psalms and hymns and inspired Songs.
Sing to the Lord with all your hearts!"
St. Paul's message to the Church at Ephesus is timeless. When we assemble for worship, our singing of spiritual songs forms our personal faith and allows us to express together our common praise and thanks, our Spirit-guided hopes and aspirations, our profound love of God and each other.
The Music Ministry of St. Margaret Mary plays an important role in our Church's praise. It exists to support and enhance the song of the whole assembly, as well as to provide special music for contemplation and inspiration.
The backbone of our parish music ministry consists of many dedicated people; choir members, cantors, small ensembles of adults, instrumentalists, handbell ringers and seasonal children's choir.
St. Augustine said that those who sing pray twice. Our choir members and those who sing through their instruments would agree! Expressing prayer through music is both rewarding and challenging. Hard work, helpful instruction, a balanced exposure to music of many styles and levels of difficulty is both beneficial and enjoyable. The primary purpose of our parish music ministry it to enable the full, active participation of the congregation in the liturgy. The choir's singing, the bells ringing, the instruments playing of hymns, refrains and acclamations is geared toward supporting, leading and enhancing the song of the whole church. It is encouraging when the church assembled for worship takes ownership of the music, singing out, knowing that even imperfect voices become part of a whole, beautiful sound.
A secondary, though important, function of our ministry is to provide music for listening. Instrumental music can communicate beyond words creating an atmosphere of prayer, celebration, repentance, adoration, meditation - whatever is appropriate. Choral music, with its combination of words, voices and accompaniment, can move the active listener (not to mention the singers) to a new, spiritual plane.
Taking all this into account, the aim of the Music Office is to do our part to provide our faith community with an oasis of prayer and praise, a retreat from the ups and downs of everyday life, and nourishment to go forth as disciples of Christ into the world.
SMM Choir - The St. Margaret Mary Choir participates in and supports the song of the Church. Its members enjoy the fruits of a more intense kind of music making, as well as the satisfaction of serving God and our community of faith. The SMM Choir sings September through May at the 9:30 am Sunday Mass and on special feast days. Regular attendance at Wednesday evening rehearsal (7:30-9:00 pm) and Sunday Masses is an important and rewarding part of choir life.
For more information, please contact the Music Office, 407-628-2346 or email
Sunday Evening Music Ensemble - This choir and ensemble provides support for the musical prayer at the 6 pm Sunday evening Mass. Guitar, piano, bass, percussion, violin, viola and wind instruments resound in joyful music for the spirit! Rehearsals are held on Tuesday from 7-9 pm in the Choir Room and at 4:30 pm on Sundays.
For more information, contact Andrea Cavalere 407-998-5678 or email
Other Opportunities for involvement in Music Ministry include serving as cantors, instrumentalists, and handbell ringers, as well as through the seasonal Children's Choir. For more information, please contact the music office 407-628-2346 or email