Sacred Music

Sacred Music

"Let everything that has breath give praise to the Lord!" - Psalm 150:6

The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.

Holy Scripture, indeed, has bestowed praise upon sacred song, and the same may be said of the fathers of the Church and of the Roman pontiffs who in recent times, led by Pope St. Pius X, have explained more precisely the ministerial function supplied by sacred music in the service of the Lord.

Therefore Sacred Music is to be considered the more holy in proportion as it is more closely connected with the liturgical action, whether it adds delight to prayer, fosters unity of minds, or confers greater solemnity upon the sacred rites. But the Church approves of all forms of true art having the needed qualities, and admits them into divine worship.

SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 112

Cathedral Choirs and Accompanists

Cathedral of St. Joseph Adult Choir, 2017

Our parish has a robust music program. Please see below the number of music ministries, and contact information to join or collect more information.

Coordinator Name



Cathedral Adult Choir

Membership is open to those in high school up to and including senior adulthood who are able to make a commitment to rehearsals and the Mass schedule.

Reading Music is helpful but not required. Rehearsals are every Wednesday in the Cathedral or Marling Room from after Labor Day in September to early June.

The Choir sings twice a month, second and fourth Sundays, at the 9:00 a.m. Mass plus the Vigil Masses of Holy Days of Obligation. The group also sings for the major festivities of the Church Year including Christmas, Holy Week and Easter and some Diocesan Liturgies like Ordinations.

In addition to singing Hymns and Acclamations with the Congregation the repertoire runs the historic span of Gregorian Chant to Modern Compositions. Tom Halpin, John Poepsel and Annette Kehner are the team who administer this group.


Are Leaders of Song at Masses where we do not have a Choir or a Contemporary Ensemble.

They help facilitate the participation of the people, proclaim the Psalm between the Readings and lead the Gospel Acclamation. They work with the Music Director and their accompanist to accomplish these goals. Reading Music is helpful but not required for this Ministry.

Capable Teenagers are welcome to participate.


The literal definition is a small choir. The group rehearses on three Tuesdays of the month.

They sing at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on the First Sunday of the Month. In recent years, they have been the musicians for the Annual Deceased Priests Mass in November. The repertoire is Chant

and Traditional Catholic Music. The goal is to have enough members to sing the Church’s rich patrimony of polyphony or many parts music of the Renaissance and later generations.

Tom Halpin is the Director of this choir.

Adult Contemporary Ensemble

A small ensemble of voices accompanied by piano and guitar that usually sings on the Second Saturday of the Month at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. The ensemble is presently at their max for membership. Brenda Haugen is the coordinator.

Parish Youth Choir

Children in grades 2 to 8 that attend our parish school or parish school of religion are eligible to join. Rehearsals are on the third Monday of the month in the Grade School Music Room after school and before the 11:00 a.m. Mass on the fourth Sunday of the Month in the Undercroft. The Children then sing at the Mass on the Fourth Sunday of the month.

The Children have a Prelude and sing at the Christmas Eve 5:30 p.m. Mass. Mrs. Leigh Ann Torres is the Director and Tom Halpin is the accompanist. Parent assistance with the activity is helpful. Any interested parties can contact the Music Director.

Cathedral Grade School Liturgical Choir

Students in Grades 6 to 8 participate in the Choir that sings on Wednesdays at the 8:00 a.m. Mass during the School Year. Rehearsals are after school on most Tuesdays. Meyer Neel is the Director and Michelle Newbery is the accompanist.

Cathedral Grade School Junior Liturgical Choir

Students in Grades 4 & 5 participate in the Choir that sings on Fridays at the 8:00 a.m. School Mass during the School Year. Rehearsals are after school on most Thursdays. Meyer Neel is the Director and Michelle Newberry is the accompanist.

Combined Liturgical Choirs sing on First Fridays, Benediction, Holidays and other days of importance such as Grandparents Day in September, the Feast of Saint Joseph in March and Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral in May.

Knights of Columbus Choir

The Feast of the Holy Family in 2017 marked the first time The Knights and their Families sang at Mass!

Knights who are available to sing on the Fifth Sunday of the Month at one of our Masses make up this group. We presently rehearse 45 minutes before the Mass.

Steve Meystrik is the Coordinator and Tom Halpin is the Music Director of this activity.

Cathedral Ringers

This humor filled Handbell and Choir Chime ensemble sometimes refer to themselves as the “Ding A Lings”. They rehearse on Thursday evenings and play approximately once a month at different Masses.

They are ringing three octaves of bells and chimes. While music reading is helpful, it is not a requirement for membership. Rose Ann Ruzicka is the Director.

Organists and Pianists

The Diocese of Jefferson City and the Cathedral Parish have a long-standing custom of having volunteer organists and pianists play at Masses.

Anyone with those talents and skills are encouraged to talk to the Music Director. We presently have five volunteers.


We have been blessed to add flute and trombone to Masses in the past. If you plan an instrument, you are welcome to contact the Music Director, Tom Halpin, to explore ways to use your gift within the liturgies at our parish.