Saint Agnes Children's Choir General Information
Welcome to the Saint Agnes Parish Children’s Choir
MEET THE DIRECTOR
Mr. Jacob Flaherty is happy to be back at Saint Agnes! A class of 2000 alumnus of the school, Mr. Flaherty is a two-time All-State Choir participant, Vocal Music Award winner and four-time Spring Musical participant. Mr. Flaherty spent his collegiate years discerning the priesthood at Saint John Vianney College Seminary while completing his Bachelor of Arts Degree and obtaining his license in Vocal Music Education (K-12) at the University of Saint Thomas. He also earned minors in both Philosophy and Catholic Studies. He has divided his twelve years of teaching experience working in both high school and elementary/junior high settings as well as with multi-age church choirs. He also coached junior high baseball for eight years.
Mr. Flaherty's duties at St. Agnes include teaching general music classes and choirs for grades 5 -12. He will also direct the high school chorus for the annual Spring Musical as well as directing the Parish Children's Choir. Additionally, he is the Director of Music and Organist at the Church of All Saints in Northeast Minneapolis and is beginning his third year there. Mr. Flaherty lives in North St. Paul with his wife and four young children.
The mission of the Saint Agnes Parish Children's Choir is to sing sacred music that supports and enhances the Liturgy of the Mass. The singers work to develop vocal skills and musicianship through the art of sacred choral music. The mastery of these skills enables the singer to develop discipline, self-confidence and most importantly, a deeper understanding of the Faith.
Singers must be between the ages of 9 (3rd grade) and 16 (sophomore), with unchanged voices and have a desire to praise God through sacred song. Although there is no formal audition, the singer must be able to match pitch. NOTE: If enough boys with changed voices express interest in this group, it may be possible to form a small group (Schola) to prepare some music separately. Please contact the director if this is of interest to you.
The repertoire of the choir includes various settings of the Ordinary of the Mass in Latin and English, psalm settings, hymns, and sacred anthems appropriate to the season. Repertoire is chosen from the rich tradition of sacred music of the Catholic Church spanning the eras of Plainchant, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern.
Rehearsals are scheduled for Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm to 4:30pm, with occasional exceptions. Rehearsals begin with warm-ups in the Kent Street Rehearsal Room located in the lower level of the church, and then move to the choir loft of the church. This year's rehearsal and performance schedule is listed on a separate handout and can also be found on the Saint Agnes school website.
Since rehearsal time is limited to once a week, it is important that the singers arrive ON TIME. Although this is a voluntary organization, tardiness and absences from rehearsals and performances will be noted. There will inevitably be occasional conflicts. An excused absence requires that you inform me ahead of time either by email or phone. If, however, your singer misses a significant amount of rehearsals or performances this probably isn’t the group for you at this time. Please email or call so we can all be informed and keep the lines of communication open.
An after school snack is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and should be eaten BEFORE the rehearsal. EVERY singer should have a water bottle labeled with their name. Hydration is very important for a healthy voice. No food or drinks other than water are permitted during the rehearsal.
Singers should arrive at church on Sunday by 8:00am and gather for warm-ups in the lower level Kent Street rehearsal room. Occasionally the choir will sing an anthem before Mass at 8:20am. The choir will sing from the choir loft.
When the choir sings at church the following uniform should be observed:
*black dress shoes (no sneakers) * black socks
*black dress pants
*white long-sleeved shirt
*black low heeled dress shoes (under 2”)
*white ankle socks or clear stockings
*black skirt (knee length or longer) or black slacks *white long-sleeved blouse (modest neckline)
For more information, please contact Mr. Jacob Flaherty at 651-925-8717 (work), 612-801-5467 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the form below.