Our Ministers of music support the gospel message through song. Adults of all ages who have been blessed with the gift of a
musical voice are encouraged to share their gift with our parish family by joining our 9:30 or 11:30 choirs, which sing a combination of traditional and contemporary music. See the rehearsal schedules for these groups listed to the right.
Cantors lead the congregation in song, especially the responsorial psalm. They practice on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m and on Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the music room of Immaculata Hall. During summer, we will meet only on Thursday evenings. Cantors may also set individual rehearsals with the Director of Music Ministry as needed.
Our Children's and Junior Choirs offer a wonderful opportunity for our children to share their musical gifts and give praise to God at our liturgies. We have two groups, our Children's "Joyful Noise" Choir (ages 5-10), and our Junior Choir (age 11 and up). See more info on the right/below.
Spanish Music Ministry:
This group serves at our Saturday 6:30pm Spanish Mass under the direction of Mr. Jose Diaz. Please contact Jose for more info.
Life Teen Band:
This group leads the music for our Life Teen Mass on Sunday evenings under the direction of Mr. Mike Wilson. Their music style is influenced by today's top liturgical composers of praise and worship music, notably Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and many more. Contact Mike Wilson for more information or to arrange an audition.
It is the goal of our parish music ministry to lead the faithful in praise and worship of God at our liturgies. We strive to encourage full, conscious, and active participation of the assembly as we celebrate the Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith.
ABOUT OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR:
Our parish music director, Tony Sievert, has been at our Our Lady of the Rosary since 2010. He moved here from Dexter, Michigan with his wife, Kimberly and three children, Carmen, Dominic, and Alicia. Prior to arriving at Our Lady of the Rosary he worked for 11 years at St. Joseph Parish in Dexter, Michigan. He received his undergraduate education at Eastern Michigan University, and his Master's Degree in Pastoral Liturgy and Music from St. Joseph's College in Rennselaer, Indiana. It was in his graduate work that he worked closely with composer, liturgist, and fellow liturgical musician, Dr. Steven Janco, whose Mass settings, "Mass of the Angels and Saints" and "Mass of Wisdom" are regularly used at our weekend liturgies.
Tony currently serves on the board of the St. Petersburg chapter of National Pastoral Musicians. He has served as cantor for diocesan liturgies in the St. Petersburg diocese, and while in Michigan served on the Diocesan Worship Commission for the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan. In addition to this parish work, he has served as music director on the diocesean level in Michigan for the Diaconate Ordination liturgy in 2005 and 2008. He served 10 years as music leader for the Presbyeteral Convocation in the Diocese of Lansing. He has been a presenter for the Diocese of Lansing's annual Liturgy and Music Conference and was presented with an "Alleluia" award from the Diocese of Lansing in 2010 for outstanding achievement in music and liturgy.
Tony has training as a vocalist, pianist, and organist, having studied organ with University of Michigan organist Dr. Marilyn Mason. He has also studied under Dr. Donald Williams and Keith Branson. He also plays guitar, drums, and saxophone.
We have a very active and vibrant music ministry at our parish that is always looking for new members. Descriptions of our music ministry groups are listed below. Please prayerfully consider where you would like to be involved.
At a glance:
Children's Choir (ages 5-10) meets on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:15pm in the Music Room of Immaculata Hall. We sing once a month for 9:30am Mass. Download 2015-16 Schedule
Junior Choir (ages 11 and up) meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:20 to 7:00pm. We sing once a month for 4:30pm Mass on Saturday. Download 2015-16 Schedule
11:30 Sanctuary Choir meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm, September to May. We are always in need of new members, both men and women, in all voice parts.
9:30 Choir meets on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, September to May. This group is also always in need of new members, both men and women, in all voice parts.
Resurrection Choir sings for funerals, and rehearses a half-hour before each funeral.
Healing Mass Choir sings for the monthly Healing Mass, on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.
Spanish Choir is led by Mr. Jose Diaz and plays weekly for our 6:30pm Spanish Mass. To join this group, please contact Jose at 813-758-9401.
The Life Teen Band is led by Mr. Mike Wilson and plays for the LifeTeen Mass at 5:00pm (6:00pm Memorial Day to Labor Day) on Sunday evenings. New members by audition only. Please see Mike's contact info above.