By joining our hearts with the beauty of sound, we give voice to our faith through the art of music. Music soothes, excites, challenges and unites us in ways in which words alone cannot. Through psalms and hymns, acclamations and laments, the singing of our choirs, and the sounds of our instruments, music enables us to touch the deepest mysteries of God as we unite together in prayer.
At Saint Clement, music for worship spans the centuries from Medieval chant and Renaissance polyphony through the most modern repertoire of the new millennium. Choirs and cantors provide musical leadership at over 450 liturgical celebrations each year, and the church houses two mechanical action pipe organs used regularly in worship and several excellent pianos. The outstanding acoustics and magnificent Romanesque structure of the church building provide a warm environment for the ministry of music.
The Church knew what the Psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise God than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church’s greatest ornament.
Cantors and Instrumentalists
CANTORS provide musical leadership at all Eucharistic liturgies, as well as Holy Days, wedding ceremonies, morning and evening Offices, Blessed Sacrament Benediction and Adoration, and prayer services. The Cantor ministry is open to qualified singers by audition.
Jubilate Boys and Girls Choir
The JUBILATE BOYS & GIRLS CHOIR welcomes all parish children in grades three through five into the joy and art of singing. In addition to training in the skills of music reading, the children are formed in the habits of common prayer and liturgical spirituality through music. This is a great way to teach your children the faith through the joy of singing and the ritual of liturgical prayer. Rehearsals are held on three Wednesday afternoons each month during the regular school year, and at 8:45am on the Sundays when the choir sings for the 9:30am Sunday liturgy. We need at least fifteen children for the choir to begin. Pass the word to your friends and classmates! Read More.
Cantate Choir (Occasional Choir)
CANTATE CHOIR provides an opportunity once a quarter for singers who are unable to meet the regular weekly rehearsal commitment of the other choral ensembles. This group of vocalists meets on a Sunday morning to rehearse 90 minutes prior to the 9:30AM mass. Interested singers should contact Director of Music, Paul Nicholson, for further information about the ensemble and the next scheduled mass to be sung.
SCHOLA CLEMENTIS enjoys a reputation as one of the finest Catholic church choirs in the United States. The choir has been consistently hailed for its precision and vigor as well as its musical spirituality. The choir brings this high level of musicianship first and foremost to its weekly ministry, singing the great choral treasures of the Church — from Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony through the most contemporary repertoire of the new millennium — at the 11:15am Sunday liturgy, October through May. Read More.
SERAPHIM is a vocal and instrumental ensemble leading music at the 7:00pm Sunday liturgy, October through May, with modern and classical repertoire. Rehearsals take place on Sunday afternoons from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Membership is open to all singers and instrumentalists by audition. For more information about Seraphim contact, Paul Nicholson, Director of Music.
Choir Liturgical Schedules
Auditions for instrumentalists, cantors, and choristers are held throughout the academic year by appointment. Auditions for cantors and choristers involve sight-reading and vocalization to determine range. Instrumental auditions require a short prepared piece and sight-reading. Auditions are held in the Music Office and last approximately 10 minutes. Information on the various choral ensembles is below. Read More.
Concerts Under the Dome
This is our second season of outstanding concerts with the finest musicians Chicago has to offer. Concerts under the Dome is a unique cultural opportunity to see and hear some of the Chicago areas most notable choral and orchestral musicians. From the opening notes of WFMT's historic Bach Organ Project, the glorious arrival of Gaudete Brass Quintet - Saint Clement's new Guest Artists, to the vocal brilliance of Bella Voce, each concert offers a thrilling blend of old and new in the incomparable acoustic splendor of our church. Read More.