St. Augustine once proclaimed that singing is praying twice. At parishes within the Archdiocese of Omaha, we demonstrate our love of God by sharing our gifts of music through song, voice and instruments. Music enhances our worship experience – whether it’s contemporary or traditional liturgical music – bringing joy and feeding minds, spirits and hearts.
Here are tools to assist parish musicians in preparation for music ministry including Archdiocese of Omaha ongoing formation opportunities, information about Choirs, and the Archdiocese of Omaha Core Repertoire, as well as materials to assist musicians, priests, and assemblies with their ongoing implementation of the Roman Missal, 3rd Edition.
The Core Repertoire Hymn List was initiated at the request of Archbishop Lucas and developed by the Core Repertoire Task Force, consisting of musicians from throughout the Archdiocese of Omaha. Parishes are encouraged to incorporate these treasured hymns into their worship life toward the goal of having some repertoire in common as an Archdiocese.
- Mass in Honor of Saint Cecilia, review copy, David Hurd Commissioned by the Archdiocese of Omaha.
- Parish Musicians Database Form 2014 (Excel)
- Core Repertoire Choir Booklet (PDF)
- Core Repertoire Pew Edition (PDF)
Archdiocesan Chorale And Choir
The Archdiocesan Chorale (Urban) and Archdiocesan Choir (Rural) are comprised of singers from parishes in the Archdiocese of Omaha, who gather to prepare for the Episcopal liturgies with the Archbishop of Omaha throughout the year. These liturgies include the mandation of lectors and commissioning of EMHC’s, the celebration of marriage anniversaries, diaconal ordination (transitional and permanent), rite of election, and presbyteral ordination.
Episcopal liturgies are the fullest expression of the Church’s worship life in a diocese, when the Archbishop is gathered together with the members of the Church. Most of these liturgies occur at Saint Cecilia Cathedral, 701 North 40th Street in Omaha, with a few that occur in St. Mary’s Parish or Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk. The rehearsals for these liturgies happen the week prior to the liturgy.
Archdiocesan Youth Choir
The Archdiocesan Youth Choir is presently forming and accepting new choristers for the current year. The mission of the choir is “formation for lifelong praise of God” through sacred liturgical choral music. Graded choirs are open to girls and boys (treble voices) from 4th through high school in the urban deaneries of the Archdiocese.
Take a look at the forms below for more details, schedules, and application information.