Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing ye to the Lord and bless His name: show forth His salvation from day to day.
Welcome to the St. Joan of Arc Choir & Schola page. Below you will find downloadable PDFs of the music for various parts of the liturgy and accompanying audio samples.
If you are interested in joining either our choir or schola, please contact our Choir Director, Anne Marie Vogel.
For he that singeth praise, not only praiseth, but only praiseth with gladness: he that singeth praise, not only singeth, but also loveth Him of whom he singeth. In praise, there is the speaking forth of one confessing; in singing, the affection of one loving.
Special efforts are to be made to restore the use of the Gregorian Chant by the people, so that the faithful may again take a more active part in the ecclesiastical offices, as was the case in ancient times.
—Tra le sollecitudini, Pius X, 1903
The dignity and lofty purpose of sacred music consists in the fact that its lovely melodies and splendor beautify and embellish the voices of the priest who offers Mass and of the Christian people who praise the Sovereign God. […] May it thus come about that the Christian people begin even on this earth to sing that song of praise it will sing forever in heaven.
—Musicae Sacrae Disciplina, Pius XII, 1955
In order that the faithful may more actively participate in divine worship, let them be made once more to sing the Gregorian Chant, so far as it belongs to them to take part in it. It is most important that when the faithful assist at the sacred ceremonies, or when pious sodalities take part with the clergy in a procession, they should not be merely detached and silent spectators, but, filled with a deep sense of the beauty of the Liturgy, they should sing alternately with the clergy or the choir, as it is prescribed. If this is done, then it will no longer happen that the people either make no answer at all to the public prayers—whether in the language of the Liturgy or in the vernacular—or at best utter the responses in a low and subdued manner.
—Divini Cultus, Pius XI, 1928