Music Ministry

At Saint Cecilia, we’re passionate about music. Dedicated to the patroness of sacred music and neighbor to three world-renowned colleges dedicated to music, we are committed to the choral support of the Church at prayer.

In Catholic worship, music is an integral part of the liturgical experience. It lifts the senses and invites us to actively participate in the praise and worship of God, not only through singing, but also through listening. Sacred music has the capacity to express both joy and lamentation; it asks for mercy and forgiveness; and it offers thanks and praise to the Creator. When we assemble as a community at the Sunday celebration, music is not merely conducive to prayer, but rather it is prayer.

Under the direction of Interim Director, Timothy Zimmerman, our three parish choirs perform from a rich patrimony of sacred music spanning fifteen centuries. (Longtime Director, Richard J. Clark has been appointed Director of Music of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.) On any given Sunday you will hear music that reflects the diversity of our tradition—from Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony to choral music of the twenty-first century.

Click here to listen to recordings of the St. Cecilia Choir: Recordings • Media

Opportunity to Volunteer

Music Ministry at Saint Cecilia consists almost entirely of dedicated and talented volunteers. Over fifty volunteers sing at four sung liturgies each Sunday and combine voices for holy days and other special occasions.

Parish Choirs at 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Liturgies

These two parish choirs sing at Sunday liturgies and on major feast days throughout the year. Under the direction of Interim Director, Timothy Zimmerman, rehearsals are held from September through June on Thursday evenings from 7:15 until 8:45. Warm-ups are on Sunday mornings at 8:45 (for the 9:30 choir) and 10:30 (for the 11:15 choir).

These two choirs, instrumentalists, and pipe organs have been featured numerous times on various radio programs including Sounds from the Spires hosted by Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, as well as on Boston’s classical radio station, WCRB.

Both choirs are happy to welcome new singers and instrumentalists at any time throughout the year. For more information or to schedule an audition, please e-mail Timothy Zimmerman or speak with him following Mass.

6:00 p.m. Choir & Ensemble – September through May

Under the direction of Rachel Burckardt, this contemporary ensemble incorporates a wide array of instruments—acoustic, electric, and percussion. Many of the musicians and singers at this liturgy are students at nearby colleges and universities, such as Berklee College of Music, Northeastern, Emerson, New England Conservatory, and The Boston Conservatory. Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons at 4:30. For more information, please speak with or e-mail Rachel Burckardt.

5:00 p.m. Anticipated Mass (Saturday evening)

The 5:00 Saturday evening anticipated Mass is a sung liturgy. It also includes various organ repertoire played on the extraordinary Smith & Gilbert organ of four manuals, fifty-four ranks, and 3,084 pipes.

8:00 a.m. Sunday Morning

The 8:00 Sunday morning Mass includes Assistant Organist Pen Macdonald playing repertoire on liturgical themes played on the extraordinary Smith & Gilbert organ of four manuals, fifty-four ranks, and 3,084 pipes.

Holy Week & Christmas Choirs

For those who wish to take part in this ministry but are unable to commit to a choir throughout the year, we invite you to consider joining one of our combined choirs for Christmas and Holy Week. The Christmas choir rehearses on Thursday evenings for two weeks prior to Christmas; and the Holy Week choir rehearses on Thursday evenings for six weeks prior to Holy Week. For more information, please e-mail Interim Director, Timothy Zimmerman.