Contact: Jonathan Davis
Director of Music
Contact Phone Number: 843-540-1232
Scheduled Meetings: by Group below
Ministry Mission Statement:
Music is an integral part of today’s Liturgy. The primary focus of the St. Francis Music Ministry is to support the assembly at Liturgy in the singing of the hymns and responses, and to lift their hearts and minds through the great tradition and heritage of music that belongs to the Church. Instrumentalist, cantors, choirs, and directors are all necessary parts of our Worship experience. Through a creative Vision for the music program, liturgical music will continue to have an important place in our celebration of the Eucharist.
Current Ministry Activities by Group:
◊ Parish Cantors
We have a fine group of dedicated and strong cantors who chant the Psalms and lead us in singing at all of our parish celebrations. Many of them are members of the choir, although this is not a criterion. This ministry requires a very real sense of vocation and a calling. Humility and a non-performance temperament are extremely important in this ministry. A cantor needs a pleasant and clear voice. Anyone interested should contact the Director of Music Ministries for a meeting.
◊ Adult Choir
This is the main choir for St. Francis by the Sea. This choir sings from September through June at the 10:30 a.m. Mass each Sunday and for major Holy Days. Rehearsals take place weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 p.m. in the church. The choir sings a variety of styles from traditional Latin motets to spirituals. This is an excellent group of parishioners who get together to have fun, work hard, and share their gifts during the liturgy.
◊ Small Ensemble – “Echoes of Heaven”
This smaller ensemble has a more contemporary feel than the Adult choir. While there is some use of traditional music, this group delves into newer styles, and uses instruments other than organ, including guitar, flute, bass and electronic keyboard. While it is not a Praise and Worship band, it is a group that sings contemporary music with a strong Catholic theology. Since this group is small and lightly amplified, members should have strong and pleasant voices and be comfortable with singing parts. Instrumentalists are also welcome. Contact David Green for more information: 368-9379.
◊ Festival Choir
This choir is composed of members of the Adult Choir and volunteers from the parish and surrounding community. They perform at the Island Christmas Concert held in the Multipurpose Building at the beginning of December for the last two years; they also performed on the 10 year anniversary of the 911 tragedy.
◊ Children’s Choir
Our children’s choir is made up of the St. Francis Catholic School – SFCS fourth grade class. Rehearsals are held weekly during school hours. Lisa Sweeney, SFCS Music Director, leads the choir. The choir leads the singing at all of the school liturgies.
Participants are taught basic music theory and appropriate choral singing. They also learn about the liturgy and their faith in the context of the church year and the Mass.
◊ School Cantors
The cantors and students who lead songs are generally drawn from the school choir. Talented students from higher grades are also occasionally used.
◊ School Music Instrumentation:
The school also includes various instruments into the curriculum where appropriate. An after hours private music lesson program if requested is available on a fee basis – contact Lisa Sweeney at SFCS for further information – 843-681-6501
◊ Hispanic Ensemble:
The Hispanic Ensemble is a group, very diverse in age, which practices Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and signs at the Spanish language liturgy on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. Its camaraderie and joy is evident in the music. The ensemble sings as it leads the worship during the liturgy
This is a non-auditioned group. However, a commitment to steady attendance and punctuality are a must.
We are always open to new choir and cantor members.