SJC's Concert Choir and Chamber Singers to Sing at St. John Cantius Church

September 17, 2013

The Saint Joseph's College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will sing alongside the St. John Cantius Resurrection Choir during Mass at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago on Sunday, September 29 at 11:00 am CDT; Sunday, October 6 at 12:30 pm; and Sunday, November 3 at 12:30 pm. The Chamber Singers will also participate in the Church's Solemn Feast of St. John Cantius Mass on Sunday, October 20 at 4:00 pm, which will include the blessing of the Church's recently purchased and restored pipe organ by Archbishop of Chicago Francis Cardinal George and Pontifical High Mass offered by Bishop Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago.

Since 2010, SJC choirs have participated in Masses at churches in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The Choir made its first appearance at St. John Cantius Church to sing at the Mass in Extraordinary Form in 2011. Since then, the SJC choirs have shared several music experiences with the St. John Cantius choirs and orchestras, "one of the most active music programs in the country." Recent SJC graduates James Bertucci '13 and Anna Rohaly Marrah '13 are members of the Church's Resurrection Choir.

"Singing at St. John Cantius is a great opportunity to work with the [Church's] musicians . . . All of the people involved with the music program are incredibly gifted, and I feel honored just to be singing with them," said SJC Choir Vice President Allison Stanton '15.

"Combining with members of the Resurrection Choir for the Masses provides a unique experience for our students to sing with an active parish choir and orchestra, of which a number are also members of professional music organizations, such as the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra," said SJC Director of Choirs Kelly Ford. "These events also provide a great opportunity for the SJC choirs to represent our College in the Chicago area and to show others the high quality of our music offerings at SJC . . . Most importantly, the Masses at St. Cantius allow SJC students an authentic learning experience that, in accordance with the College's Mission, 'is a united endeavor of intelligence and faith.'"

According to Ford, singing at the Masses will also serve as excellent preparation for the Choir's "Heart of Italy" tour. From November 11 to 19, the SJC Choir will travel through Italy with members of the St. John Cantius Church choirs and SJC alumni, including SJC Director of Event Services Ethan Avina '12, Jenifer Gifford '13, Ian Evans '13, and Kelso Daning '13. The combined choir will visit Florence, Siena, Rome, Vatican City, and Pompeii, where they will participate in nine Masses, two concerts, and a Vespers service.

St. John Cantius has one of the most active music programs in the country, and there are opportunities to hear sacred music in an authentic setting virtually every Sunday. To learn more about the program, please visit St. John Cantius Church is located at 825 North Carpenter Street in Chicago, Ill. 60642. All are invited to attend the Masses free of charge. For more information, please contact SJC Director of Choirs Kelly Ford at or 219.866.6251.

Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

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