The Diocesan Choir of Rockville Centre, which sings for the principal diocesan liturgies, is currently holding auditions on all voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Singers with previous choral experience and basic music reading skills are encouraged to fill out an application form by visiting the choir website at www.drvc.org/diochoir.
This group of 100 singers leads the music for all the principal diocesan liturgies at the Cathedral, frequently appearing on Telecare as they sing for the ordinations of deacons, priests, and bishops, as well as Advent Lessons and Carols, the St. Agnes Awards, and other celebrations. The choir also performs concerts of sacred music, often with orchestra, including the Gounod St. Cecilia Mass, the Haydn Te Deum, and works by other classical and contemporary composers. The repertoire of the choir includes a wide variety of music from chant to contemporary compositions.
The choir rehearses on Monday evenings (every other week) at St. Kilian Church in Farmingdale. Since many in the choir also belong to their parish choirs, the Diocesan Choir schedule is careful to avoid conflicts on Sunday mornings, and avoids important liturgical weeks like Christmas and Holy Week.
In addition to Diocesan Liturgies, the choir has brought their joyful music to additional locations in Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, as well as St. Patrick’s’ Cathedral in New York City. In 2010 the choir made their first European tour to Salzburg, Munich and Vienna, and the group is planning a trip to England for 2016, during their 25th anniversary season. Last season the choir sang for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, DC, and this season will prepare for a performance of Missa Gaia, which is based on the writings of St. Francis of Assisi.
Choir photo by Gregory A. Shemitz