St. Basil’s Parish Choir, Photo courtesy of Maria di Paolo

St. Basil’s Schola Cantorum

The Schola Cantorum provides music for the 5:00pm Saturday Mass on weekends from September to June, as well as for all relevant weekday holydays throughout the year. Its membership is drawn from the student body of the University, among others, with the intention of creating an environment for musically-beautifying liturgy, furthering musical growth, and financially supporting the continuing studies of its membership. The music of the Schola Cantorum ranges from Gregorian chant through to the present day, and is supported by the organ. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:00.

 

St. Basil’s Parish Choir

From September to June, the Saint Basil’s Parish Choir sings at the Sunday morning 10:30 Mass. Their repertoire includes Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, spirituals, and traditional and contemporary anthems and hymns. Their singing, as well as that of the congregation, is supported by the organ.

Choir members commit to regular rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 and meet on Sunday mornings at 9:45.  The choir additionally sings at the Christmas and Easter Triduum liturgies, as well as other special occasions.

 

St. Basil’s Singers

The Sunday afternoon 4:30 Mass is supported by the Saint Basil’s Singers. Made up of a smaller but dedicated group of volunteers, the Singers repertoire includes traditional and contemporary anthems and hymns, supported by the piano. Choir members commit to rehearsals at 3:00 on Sunday afternoons preceding the beginning of the Mass.

 

If you are interested in joining one of the above ensembles, please contact the Director of Music & Principal Organist, John Paul Farahat, for more information at johnpaul.farahat@utoronto.ca.