The Choirs at Holy Name-St. Gregory...
- Support the Sunday liturgies, as well as special Christmas and Holy Week liturgies
- Provide a social network of neighbors and community, with membership extending to all five boroughs of the city
- Offer an engaging and fulfilling way to ‘pray the Mass’
- Accommodate busy New Yorkers by rehearsing on Sunday, with optional/occasional weekday rehearsals
- Prepare special music for presentation throughout the year
- Enjoy a nine-month schedule starting in September and ending in May
- Connect musicians and music-minded people of all levels of ability
- Provide deeper insights into Sacred Scripture and the Roman Catholic tradition
- Promote beneficial music habits and development for individual members
- Welcome all who are interested in growing their musical ability in a church setting
12 Noon - Traditional Choir
Holy Name-St. Gregory’s traditional choir has a history extending over 80 years. We sing classical music, including Mozart, Bach, Palestrina and Fauré, as well as traditional chants and anthems year-round. This choir - a mix of professionals and volunteers - provides the core of sacred music for Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.
5:30 P.M. - Contemporary Choir
Holy Name-St. Gregory's Contemporary Choir adds to the life of Sunday afternoon liturgy by focusing on newer song styles, compositions and arrangements. It is accompanied by piano, guitar and welcomes other acoustic instruments. The music emphasizes strong rhythm and harmony.
1:30 P.M. - French Choir The 1:30 P.M. Mass features music in French and Kreyol, often including repertoire from Haiti.
All choirs sing on Sunday, between Labor Day in early September and Memorial Day in late May. Additional liturgies are sung for Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.
Rehearsals are just before each Sunday Mass.
Cantoring at Holy Name-St. Gregory
The cantor program at Holy Name consists of regular professionals and dedicated volunteers, who also assist the Sunday choirs. They invest extra time to study and practice the craft of song-leading, presentation, and performance, to the benefit of our parish community’s worship experience.
The Organ of Holy Name-St. Gregory
Holy Name-St. Gregory’s four-manual pipe organ, known as the Moeller Organ # 6570, was built by the nationally known firm of Moeller in 1937, and, being designed by Richard Whitelegg, one of the foremost organ builders in the country at that time, the organ immediately established a reputation as being among the finest of its style. Orchestral in scope, each set of pipes was given its own particular voice, so that it is the equivalent of 70+ different instruments, with the range of sound from the lowest bass to highest piccolo, from softest strings to loudest trumpets. The voicing of the instrument makes it possible to perform nearly all historical musical styles beautifully. A mainstay of accompaniment for voices and instruments over the years, as well as numerous solo performances for concerts and liturgical occasions, it is now quietly awaiting renovation and restoration.
For further information about the music program at Holy Name-St. Gregory and how to get involved, contact the Director of Music, Peter Adamczyk, through the Parish Office at (212) 749-0276, extension 118.