Music

Welcome to all!  At St. Mary, we are committed to creating an environment that best enables our community to fully participate in worship.  In the music department, we seek to fulfill that commitment by encouraging participation through the use of well-trained song leaders, thoroughly prepared choirs and instrumentalists, and thoughtfully chosen song texts that reflect the scriptural readings and lessons of the season.

For some, the love of music calls them to be more fully involved in the Ministry of Music. Here, we become a more intimate family that joins together in friendship, faith and harmony to worship and praise the Lord. If you are drawn to give thanks to God for the special gifts that He has given to you, browse through any of our links and find a place where you might enjoy using your talent. We have all experienced the joy of receiving abundant blessings in return for our gifts of time, talent, and treasure!As a worshipping community, we are called to take our part in the liturgy. Just as the priest has gestures and words that he must recite or sing in order for the Eucharistic celebration to be fulfilled, so does the congregation have its own responsibilities of gesture, word, and song. We are here for the sole purpose of praising our God – just as the saints and angels are doing at the very same time with us!

Anyone who has a musical talent that they would like to share with the congregation should contact the Director of Music.

Parish Music Leaders

frank_newFrank Zilinyi

In September of 2013, Mr. Zilinyi took up the post of Organist and Director of Music at St. Mary’s Church, Milford. Mr. Zilinyi has studied organ with William F. Entriken, James David Christie, and Roberta Gary, and harpsichord with Brett McGuire, Lisa-Goode Crawford, Webb Wiggins, and Vivian Montgomery.Since graduation from the Oberlin Conservatory in 2008, Frank Zilinyi, has been an active concert artist, performing at the organ and in chamber ensembles throughout the United States and Germany. In 2007, Mr. Zilinyi won first prize in the Agnes Fowler Organ Competition. The following year, he competed for and won a full tuition scholarship in the Strader Organ Scholarship Competition, which provided Mr. Zilinyi with the opportunity to continue his studies in organ and pedagogy at the University of Cincinnati.

smc_marilyn_mulveyMarylyn Mulvey

A native of Connecticut, Marylyn Mulvey was first place winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Finals. Her appearances with Victor Borge on stage and television have made her internationally known. She has appeared with most of the major symphony orchestras in the United States, Canada, and Europe; including the London Philharmonic, Royal Copenhagen, Winnepeg, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Cleveland Symphonies. Her operatic repertoire includes Gilda (Rigoletto), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Sivilglia), Baby Doe (The Ballad of Baby Doe), and Adele (Die Fledermaus), singing with the New York City Opera, Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, and Metropolitan Opera National Company, among others. Marylyn serves as Cantor and Soloist for the Saturday 4:30, Sunday 10:00 and 11:30 AM Masses, in addition to Holy Days and concerts throughout the year.

Adult Choir

smc_folk_group_1The Adult Choir sings each Sunday at the 10 AM Mass and for several Holy Days and special events from September through June. We gladly welcome new members no matter the level of experience. Anyone interested in singing with us should contact musicdirector@saintmarychurchmilford.org.

The Vision of the St. Mary Church Choir is:
• To sing God’s praises in song
• To cultivate the talents God has bestowed upon us
• To competently lead our congregation
• To be an integral part of the liturgy
• To be an active member of our community
• To grow in fellowship with each other.

The Adult Choir sings each Sunday at the 10 AM Mass from September through June. This traditional 4-part ensemble (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) covers a wide range of musical styles, from Renaissance motets to contemporary Catholic repertoire. Prior choral experience and the ability to read music are helpful but not required. In addition to singing weekly Masses and select Holy Days, this group currently presents 2 extra performances each year: a Lessons and Carols Service near the end of the Christmas season, and a concert in the spring. The concert this May will include Faure’s Requiem, featuring a guest organist. Regular rehearsals for the Adult Choir are Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 PM and Sunday mornings from 9:30 -10 AM, in the organ loft.

Casavant Frères Opus 3863

The Saint Mary parish pipe organ was dedicated on April 26, 2007, in a recital featuring Ezequiel Menendez and the St. Mary Church Adult Choir. The installation of this organ was a project years in the making and relied on the expertise and generosity of countless members of our parish community. The memorial plaques by the organ loft stairs list over 400 church members who donated to the Organ Fund.

Designed and built by Casavant Frères, organ builders based in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, the instrument is comprised of 2,107 pipes. They are distributed among 4 divisions: the Grand Orgue is placed at the front of the rear gallery rail, and includes a trompette-en-chamade which protrudes horizontally into the room; the Récit is enclosed within two boxes located on either side of the rose window; the Pédale sits at the rear of the gallery, with many pipes so large they lie on their sides; and lastly, the Antiphonal division hangs from the ceiling at the front of the church.

Parishioners who wish to see the organ in operation are encouraged to visit the organ loft after the above-mentioned Masses or contact our Music Director for a guided tour of this magnificent instrument.The organ was designed to be equally at home in service playing and concert settings. The antiphonal division helps to pull the sound together and better support congregational singing in our long nave. At the same time, the variety and disposition of stops make for an instrument that can successfully execute any of the organ’s vast repertoire. The organ is heard each weekend at the Saturday Vigil 4:30 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM Masses, in addition to Holy Days and Concerts throughout the year.

Consult this detailed organ disposition for more information, or view this photo gallery showing the organ installation in 2007.

 

Folk Group

St. Mary’s Folk Group was established in 1986 with the blessings of Fr. Seggel under the direction of Ronnie Pendleton. This group is comprised of volunteers who give of their time and talents in praise of the Lord. Guitars, bass guitars, violins, clarinet, saxophone, flutes, trombone, keyboard, tambourine, drums, and assorted percussion instruments have accompanied the singers through the years.

Performing at the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, this group sings contemporary and traditional hymns to enhance the Liturgy. The group has also been called upon to sing at Weddings, Healing Masses, Funerals and various Prayer Services.St. Mary’s Folk Group was established in 1986 with the blessings of Fr. Seggel under the direction of Ronnie Pendleton. This group is comprised of volunteers who give of their time and talents in praise of the Lord. Guitars, bass guitars, violins, clarinet, saxophone, flutes, trombone, keyboard, tambourine, drums, and assorted percussion instruments have accompanied the singers through the years.

Folk Group practice is held on the first Tuesday of the month in the sacristy at 6:30 p.m. For more information please call Ronnie at 203-874-8752.

Resurrection Choir

The Resurrection Choir sings at all Funeral Masses and Memorial Services held at St. Mary Church. As these services come up on short notice, the collection of voices changes from day to day, but consists of a core group of generous volunteers who come whenever they are able. This group does not have regular rehearsals, but arrives 1/2 hour before each Mass to warm their voices and sing through any unfamiliar music. Prior musical experience is not required for this group – just a kind and generous spirit and a love of singing.

For more information on joining these ensembles, contact the Music Director, musicdirector@saintmarychurchmilford.org