The Ministry of the Cantor, or Song Leader, is not for everyone! It takes a lot of courage to get up in front of 700 people with nothing between you and them but your voice and a very small microphone. Yet all our cantors will tell you that the one thing that helps calm their nerves is when they remember WHY they do this ministry. For them, it is not about them at all – it is not a “performance”, but a service to God and the community. They learn to open their hearts to God’s will for them and become His instrument.
Generally speaking, Cantors are drawn from our choirs and singing ensembles. It is expected that all cantors will be members of one of the groups – unlike other parishes we rarely have a situation where there is a Mass with only a cantor and accompanist.