Parish Music Program
Upcoming Concert: British vocal ensemble VOCES8 gives its New York premiere at St. Vincent Ferrer on Friday, March 2 at 8 PM. Click here for more information.
The Music Brochure, 2017-2018 contains a list of this season’s concerts and repertoire for all choral services as well as information about the St. Cecilia Guild.
Solemn Mass with the Schola Cantorum
The Solemn Mass is at the heart of the Parish’s liturgical and musical life and is the richest expression of the Church’s Holy Sacrifice. As such, it is celebrated with full ceremonial on Sundays (at 12:00 Noon at St. Vincent Ferrer), on major feast days, and to mark important occasions in the community. The Schola Cantorum, the Parish’s professional choir, sings for every Solemn Mass. Schola Cantorum is the official term used by the Catholic Church to denote a liturgical choir and literally means ‘school of singing’.
The Schola chants the Latin Propers (the Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons and the Alleluia) according to the Dominican Graduale, the chant book particular to the Order of Preachers. Offertory and Communion motets follow the respective Antiphons, and on feast days a choral Mass Ordinary is offered. This broad range of repertoire surveys the very best in our treasured Catholic musical patrimony.
Additional prayers sung by the congregation at a Solemn Mass include the Credo, a Post-Communion Hymn, and a seasonally-changing Marian Antiphon after the dismissal. The celebrant’s orations and other responsory prayers (e.g. Preface dialogue) are also chanted.
Four Sung Masses with cantor are offered in the Parish each weekend: at 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday at St. Vincent Ferrer and at 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM (a cappella) on Sunday at St. Catherine of Siena. At each of these, the major Propers (the Entrance, Offertory, and Communion Antiphons) are chanted by the cantor in English. A congregational Mass Ordinary is sung, as well as a Post-Communion Hymn. The 10:00 AM Mass at St. Catherine of Siena additionally includes an Offertory Hymn.
Additionally, the 9:30 AM Low Mass on Sundays at St. Vincent Ferrer includes hymns at the Offertory and Communion, offering yet one more musical option in our weekend schedule.
Congregational Vespers is sung on Sundays at 5:30 PM in the choir stalls at St. Vincent Ferrer. This Office of Evening Prayer includes a hymn, a selection of psalms, a Scripture reading, a responsory, and the Magnificat – the Canticle of Mary. During term, an instructional chant class precedes the liturgy at 5:00 PM, also in the stalls.
Organs in the Parish
St. Vincent Ferrer has an 86-rank pipe organ built in two phases by the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio; the 18-rank chancel organ (Opus 2145) was installed in 1998 and the 68-rank gallery organ (Opus 2224) in 2002. The instrument is played by a 4-manual console in the chancel. St. Catherine of Siena has a 3-manual, 58-rank Walker digital organ from 2015. For more information, please visit New York Organ Project.
St. Cecilia Guild
Join the group of patrons – both parishioners and visitors – through whose generosity our music program is financially sustained. Please consider becoming a friend of music by making a contribution to support our proud tradition of offering excellent music to the glory of God!
Please consider a donation at one of the following levels:
- Member (to $99)
- Sponsor ($100 to $249)
- Benefactor ($250 to $499)
- Patron ($500 to $999)
- Angel ($1,000 to $2,499)
- Archangel ($2,500 or more)
Please send your donation to:
The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer
attn. James D. Wetzel
869 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10065
All donations are tax-deductible. Checks make payable to ‘Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena’ with the memo ‘Friends of Music’. Please include your name, address, telephone number, and email address with the check.
For more information, contact:
James D. Wetzel, Director of Music and Organist,
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 744-2080.
Archived Music Lists
Music List, 2016-2017