Music Ministry

choir 1Music plays an integral role in the liturgical celebrations at St. Mary’s Basilica. The Music Ministry is led by our Organist and Director of Music, Gordon Stevenson, and includes many people who participate as choir members, cantors and instrumentalists.

As directed in the Church’s ‘Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy’ (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 1963), the assembly are called to “full conscious and active participation” in the Liturgy.  Article 116 of the same document states: “The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.” In accordance with this direction, many of our Solemn Liturgies are chanted and the entire assembly is encouraged to participate wholeheartedly in the parts of the mass which are proper to them, i.e. the Ordinary and the Dialogues between the celebrant and the congregation.

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The choir are a diverse group of people, with varying degrees of experience in formal musical training and a variety of cultural backgrounds, but who are united wholeheartedly in their love for the liturgy. Reflecting the demographics of Phoenix and our integrated liturgies, our choir sing regularly in English, Spanish and Latin. Musical genres range from the contemporary music of Rutter, Chilcott and Lauridsen to the traditional choral classics of Bach, Mozart, Durufle and Palestrina.

The full choir are present for the 9:00 AM Mass on Sundays throughout the year, with the Saturday 5.00 PM and Sunday 11.00 AM Masses being led by a smaller ensemble of singers from the choir. All the weekend liturgies follow the same musical program and the grand pipe organ is featured prominently throughout the services in providing accompaniment, improvisation and sacred repertoire. The choir also perform concerts each year, usually during the Easter and Christmas seasons. Regular rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 PM from August through June.

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Instrumentalists are always required during the seasons of Christmas and Easter. At St. Mary’s, we are fortunate to have exceptional resident professional instrumentalists enhance our worship on these solemn occasions in the persons of Daga Suchon, violinist, Bruce Pulk, timpanist and Josh Whitehouse, trumpeter. If you play a musical instrument proficiently and would like to share your skills and talents please consider contacting the Director of Music.

For More Information:

If you are interested in learning more about our music ministry please contact:

Director of Music
Gordon Stevenson
Phone:  602-354-2100 ext 2061
Email:  gstevenson@smbphx.org

Recent Worship Aids:

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross 2017

Solemn Profession of Br. Scott Slattum, O.F.M.

Twenty-third Sunday in OT 2017

Twenty-second Sunday in OT 2017

Twenty-first Sunday in OT 2017

Twentieth Sunday in OT 2017

Solemnity of the Assumption of the BVM 2017

Nineteenth Sunday in OT 2017

Feast of St. Clare 2017

Feast of the Transfiguration

Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula

Seventeenth Sunday in OT 2017

Sixteenth Sunday in OT 2017

Fifteenth Sunday in OT 2017

Fourteenth Sunday in OT 2017

Thirteenth Sunday in OT 2017

Twelfth Sunday in OT 2017

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus 2017

Corpus Christi 2017

Feast of Saint Anthony 2017

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 2017

Solemnity of Pentecost 2017

Solemnity of the Ascension 2017

Sixth Sunday of Easter 2017

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2017

Solemn Mass for the Centennial of the Fatima Apparitions

Fourth Sunday of Easter 2017

Third Sunday of Easter 2017

Feast of Saint Mark 2017

Second Sunday of Easter 2017

Easter Sunday 2017

Easter Sunday 2017 7am Mass

Easter Vigil 2017

Good Friday 2017

Holy Thursday 2017

Palm Sunday 2017

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2017

Third Sunday of Lent 2017

Solemnity of St. Joseph 2017

Second Sunday of Lent 2017

First Sunday of Lent 2017

Ash Wednesday 2017

Seventh Sunday in OT 2017

Sixth Sunday in OT 2017

Fifth Sunday in OT 2017

Candlemas 2017

Fourth Sunday in OT 2017

Third Sunday in OT 2017

Second Sunday in OT 2017

Solemnity of the Epiphany 2017

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God 2017

Solemn Mass of Christmas Day 2016

Solemn Midnight Mass 2016

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Feast of the Nativity of the BVM 2016

Mother Teresa Canonization

Feast of San Luis Rey de Francia

Diocesan Installation of Lectors 2016

Solemn Pontifical Mass for the Veneration of the Relics of Ss. Thomas More and John Fisher

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