Sacred Heart Church Adult Choirs

The winner of the 2018-2019 Commission is the Choirs at Sacred Heart Church, Jennifer D. Behnke, director of Music. Many thanks to over 150 Choirs applied for a chance to win a free commission for their choir. Of these applicants , the choirs at Sacred Heart Church were chosen for a collaboration in the 2018-19 season.

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Choir Bio:

Choirs at Sacred Heart Church

Worshiping God through music is an integral part of our Catholic heritage. The choirs at Sacred Heart Church lead, inspire and enliven congregational singing at masses and liturgies throughout the year. Additionally, solo choir anthems are chosen from the past as well as present day masterpieces. To achieve this, the choristers are constantly learning and honing proper vocal technique for a healthy long lasting voice, and exercising musicianship skills including music and note reading, ear-training, stylistic interpretation, musical terms and the employment of multiple languages through proper diction.

SHC choir at Cathedral Basilica

The Chancel Choir

The Sacred Heart Chancel Choir leads congregational singing at the 12:15 p.m. mass from early September through mid-June, as well as Holy Week liturgies and the major feast days of the church year. The choir also presents programs throughout the year including the Advent Service of Lessons and Carols and our Good Friday Tenebrae service. The choir is comprised of adults and young adults (post-confirmation) and rehearses on most Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Rehearsal attendance is required for mass choral participation.

The Multi Cultural Ministry Choir

The Multi-Cultural Ministry (MCM) of Sacred Heart Church represents the richly diverse cultural composition of our parish, practicing the Catholic faith expressed in various traditions. This ministry proclaims the Good News of Christ through singing in the choir at the 5:30 p.m. mass on Saturdays of the month. The Multi-Cultural Ministry Choir also sings at special liturgical celebrations, including Simbang Gabi, Advent Lessons and Carols, and major feast days of the Church Year. Comprised of a core group of dedicated volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, this choir rehearses Saturdays at 4:15 p.m. Rehearsal attendance is required for mass choral participation.

The Children’s Schola
Sacred Heart’s Children’s Schola is a choral ensemble dedicated to teaching the faith through a practical engagement with music strongly rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition. In keeping with the tradition of the Universal Church, the Children’s Schola repertoire will range from Gregorian chant to works by living composers. The Children’s Schola is open to all children of the parish whose voices have not yet changed. Typically ages range from 5 years to 15 years old. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning September 2, 2014. Attendance at rehearsals is required for participation at the following Sunday’s Family mass.

Conductor Bio:

Jennifer D. BehnkeJennifer D. Behnke, inaugural recipient of the Eugene L. Brister Memorial award from the Wagner Society of New York, is a true dramatic soprano. As such, she is an alumna of Wagner Intensive at Baldwin Wallace University performing parts of the roles of Sieglinde in Die Walk ȕre, Elsa in Lohengrin, Adriano in Rienzi and an invited scholarship artist at Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute at Black Hills State University singing the role of Female Chorus from Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. An active recitalist, she recently performed two works “Aria di Angelo” from Pawel Łukaszewski’s Resurrectio(US Premier) and Paschale Gaudium by Aurelio Porfiri, composed for dedicated to, and given its world premier dedicated by Ms. Behnke. A regular leading lady with New York Opera Forum, Jennifer has most recently performed Brȕnnhilde in Wagner’s Gőtterdämmerung and Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio, the title role of Suor Angelica(Puccini), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni,(Mozart), The Marschallin in Der Rosenkavelier(Strauss) and Marguerite in Faust(Gounod). Ms. Behnke has served as Director of Sacred Heart Children’s Schola since 2014, and watched with delight as the group has grown from 5 to a total of 20 musicians. As of December 2016, she has served as the director of music at Sacred Heart Church in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

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