Music Ministry

Welcome to St. Theresa Music Ministry

Sacred music plays an essential role in the celebration of the Eucharist, and in all of the liturgical rites of the Church. St. Theresa actively supports the liturgy and the parish community through sung prayer and music played on instruments. We come together as a family within the parish to lift up and support all who join together to worship and pray. Come share your gifts or love of music with us, help us embrace the liturgy with the sounds of praise. “Let all that has breath give praise to the LORD!” (Psalm 150)

OUR MISSION: Pray first, then Sing!

We express and support this mission by:

  • Leading those gathered together in hymns and sacred songs
  • Respectfully preparing and practicing our music
  • Praying with and for each other and the needs of our community and lifting up those prayers with our instruments and voices.
  • Serving the community around us as evangelists in sung prayer

Listed below are a variety of opportunities to join the St. Theresa Music Ministry.
Contact Laura Kutscher, Director of music for more information at
847-359-2846, ext. 114 or email laurak@sttheresachurch.org

ST. THERESA ADULT CHOIR
This long established SATB choir is open to vocalists high school age and above, and provides music at the Sunday 10 a.m. liturgy. This choir sings traditional music from the sacred repertoire.
REHEARSALS: Thursday evenings, 7:30-9 p.m. in the church.

JUBILEE CHOIR AND ENSEMBLE
This newest choir has its founding in the parish’s 75th anniversary celebration. The Jubilee Choir and Ensemble is a seasonal choir open to vocalists and instrumentalists high school age and above, providing music at the major feasts and celebrations of the Church and parish. This choir sings a wide variety of genres and styles of music.
REHEARSALS: Seasonally on Saturdays from 11:15 a.m.-12:30p.m. in room 105, Pauline Center.

ST. THERESA PARISH CHILDREN’S CHOIR
The St. Theresa Parish Children’s Choir is open to all children in grades 2-8, singing songs and hymns in a variety of styles and genres, incorporating handbells and some two-part singing. The children’s choir provides an experience of sung prayer and education that supports an enhanced understanding of the Mass and seasons of the liturgical year, as well as a curriculum that is appropriate for each grade level. This choir sings monthly at the Sunday liturgies and at other major feasts of the Church.
REHEARSALS: Thursday afternoons, 4:15-5:15 p.m. in room 105, Pauline Center.

ST. THERESA JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL ENSEMBLE
This ensemble is open to singers and instrumentalists seventh grade through high school graduate. The group sings and plays a variety of styles of. This group is for young vocalists and instrumentalists who are looking to be challenged in the music they prepare (some level of reading music is required) and an opportunity to use their talents to serve their parish. This group serves at the special gatherings of the parish, monthly LIFT Masses, Sunday liturgies weekly on an “as available” basis.
REHEARSALS: Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the church.

LIFT INSTRUMENTALISTS
Join our teen instrumentalists as they come together to bring a whole new dimension to music for worship! Our teens serve at the 10:00 a.m. Mass and at the 5:00 p.m. Mass once a month. Teens play as their schedules allow.

ST. THERESA CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLES
The St. Theresa Contemporary Ensembles are singers and instrumentalists who enjoy serving in ministry with music of a more contemporary style and genre. These groups serve at the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Mass and the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. These new ensembles are open to adults, college age and up and are designed to meet the needs of busy schedules.
REHEARSALS: Twice a month, Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. -8:30 p.m. in the church.

RESURRECTION CHOIR
The St. Theresa Resurrection Choir sings at parish funerals, providing comfort and support to families during their time of loss. Members of the Resurrection Choir participate as their schedules allow. Funeral liturgies usually occur during the week at 10 a.m. Choir members are notified in advance of the date and time of the liturgy and come together about 30 minutes prior to the Mass. There are no formal rehearsals for this group but two optional social gatherings annually in the fall and spring.

CANTORS
Cantors are discerned through auditions and qualified skills.