Back view of woman and child sitting at a piano; members attending mass can be seen in the background

The St. Francis Music Ministry witnesses the love of Christ with music and is open to any parishioner who has a love for music. The parish boasts many groups, both vocal and instrumental, which gives parishioners opportunities to share their gifts of music.

St. Francis has choirs open to youth (starting at 3rd grade) through adulthood. There are also availabilities for individual instrumentalists, accompanists, and cantors to play and sing. For more information, contact Emily Schmid, Director of Music, at 515-223-4577, ext. 105.


Music Opportunities

Cantor Ministry

As song leaders for the congregations, cantors have an important role in the liturgical life of the church. St. Francis invites advanced-level singers who wish to expand their ministry to be trained as a cantor. Training and formation is available.

Accompanists

Accompanists are essential in liturgical music. If you play the piano and feel called to share your gift through the act of accompanying, we invite you to join the accompanist ministry at St. Francis. Advanced-level piano experience is required. New to accompanying? Training and formation is available.

Instrumentalists

St. Francis boasts a thriving instrumental music ministry. Woodwinds, brass players, strings and percussionists all share their gifts in different capacities to enhance the musical experience during liturgy. St. Francis welcomes all with an intermediate to advanced-level playing ability to join our ministry.

Please contact Emily Schmid, Director of Music, if you are interested in being a cantor, accompanist or instrumentalist at St. Francis of Assisi.

Ashworth Brass

The Ashworth Brass Ensemble is a group of brass musicians who play for various parish and surrounding community events. For more information, to request a performance, or to ask about joining, please contact the group at AshworthBrass@gmail.com.

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Bells of Assisi

Bells of Assisi is St. Francis’ hand bell choir. The group plays a variety of music at various Masses and outreach opportunities. The ability to read music is not required, but is encouraged.  The group meets Sunday evenings from 4:30pm-6pm in the St. Clare Room.

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Trastevere Winds Choir

The Trastevere Winds are a woodwind ensemble who plays for various parish events and liturgies as well as community events. Any woodwind player is invited to join. The group meets as needed.

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St. Francis of Assisi Choral Ensembles

Youth Choirs

St. Francis of Assisi Children’s Choir

SFA Children’s Choir (CC) is for all children in the parish who are in grades 3-5. The group leads one Mass every month and sings for special occasions. Rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening from 5:45pm to 6:15pm Knowing family comes first, this group works with your family’s schedule.

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St. Francis of Assisi Middle School Choir

The Middle School Choir is open to any youth in grades 6-8 who enjoy singing and having fun!  The group leads one or two Masses each month and sings for special occasions.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evening from 5:45pm-6:15pm.

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Liturgy of Life

The Liturgy of Life (LOL) is open to all high school students who want to share their musical gifts.  LOL sings for Mass twice a month and for special occasions.  Rehearsal is Wednesday evenings 6pm-7pm.

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*Youth choirs meet during the school year and have summers off.

Adult Choirs

Praise Choir

An adult contemporary choir accompanied by a band. Our goal is to have fun while celebrating our God through song. The ability to read music is not required. We meet Monday nights from 7:00pm-8:00pm and leads 2 Masses each month.

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Knights of Columbus Choir

The Knights of Columbus Men’s Choir is open to any man at St. Francis, regardless of participation in the Knights. The ability to read music is not required.  The group sings one Saturday a month at the 4:30 Mass and meets an hour before Mass to rehearse.

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Schola

Schola is a choir for vocalists and instrumentalists who specialize in advanced-level liturgical music. The ability to read music is required. The group sings during Mass twice a month and rehearses for one hour prior to Mass.

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