Office of Sacred Music

“And do ye, each and all, form yourselves into a chorus, that being harmonious in concord and taking the keynote of God ye may in unison sing with one voice through Jesus Christ unto the Father, that He may both hear you and acknowledge you by your good deeds to be members of His Son.” --St. Ignatius of Antioch, to the Ephesians, 4:1

Welcome

Welcome to the Sacred Music page for Saint Joseph Church, Spring Valley, New York. Here you can discover the many musical opportunities we have to offer to adults, teen, and young children. The choirs are open to any person of the parish and the community. 

In addition to providing music at the Sunday Masses, the choirs sing for the major solemnities, holy days, and the various concerts during the liturgical year. 

If you are interested in joining us for the upcoming choir term, we look forward to your inquiries. See the Director of Music / Choirmaster after Mass or contact us via e-mail sacredmusic@stjosephspringvalley.org. For more information please see http://www.sacredmusicsjsv.org.

Parish Choir

In September of 2013, the Parish Choir was re-established and now takes it place in the Music Program at Saint Joseph Church. The ensemble is open to any adult or teen with a wish to enjoy the fellowship of the community through the offering of great choral music. 

The choir sings the weekly at the 11:30 a.m. Solemn Mass from the second Sunday of September through the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Choir Room 12. Members of the parish, school alumni, parents for the Religious Education Program and members of the community are all invited to join. 

The choir is under the direction of Mr. Mark LaRosa, the Director of Music and organist.

Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir takes it place in the Music Program at Saint Joseph Church. The ensemble is open to any adult or teen who enjoys the fellowship of the community through the offering of choral music. 

The choir sings the weekly at the 7:30 a.m. Mass from the second Sunday of September through the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. The choir rehearses on Sunday mornings from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Choir Office and leads the singing of the hymns, chants, and psalms at Mass. Members of the parish, school alumni, parents for the Religious Education Program and members of the community are all invited to join. 

The choir is under the direction of Mr. Mark LaRosa, the Director of Music and organist. 

Folk Choir

The Folk choir sings weekly at the 9:00 a.m. Mass throughout the year. The choir has been in existence at the parish for over thirty years providing music for many masses. The choir is composed of members of the parish community who enjoy singing sacred contemporary / folk music. The choir leads the singing of hymns at mass. Members of the parish, school alumni, and members of the community are invited to join. 

Summer Voluntary Choir 

During the summer recess for the Parish and Chancel Choirs, the Summer Voluntary Choir will sing at the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday evenings. Any member of the parish who would like to join may do so. Music selections are easy for the first time singer. It consists of the four congregational hymns, psalm, simple mass propers, and mass setting. All which can be found at the Office of Sacred Music website. Rehearsals take place thirty minutes before the start of the Mass in the choir office. Music will be provided.