A Chapter of the National
Association of Pastoral Musicians
Welcome to the Buffalo
Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians website. We are known
as the Church Musicians' Guild in the Diocese of Buffalo. The Guild fosters the
art of musical liturgy, and its members serve the Catholic Church as musicians,
clergy, liturgists, and other leaders of prayer. Welcome to our community of
Festival Liturgy, Awards and Reception Coming May 17
The Church Musicians Guild will hold its 2018 Closing Mass
with annual meeting and presentation of awards on Thursday, May 17th at 7:00
pm at St. John Gualbert Church in Cheektowaga. Music for the liturgy will be
provided by the combined choirs of St. John XXIII Church, Blessed Trinity
Church, and the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum.
The Cecelia Roy Kenny Award for outstanding service will
be presented as well as other recognition awards. A reception will follow.
Organ Scholarship Auditions Set for May 7
On Monday, May 7, 2018, the Guild will host auditions for the
2018 Kawalec Organ Scholarship at St. Benedict Church in Eggertsville.
Joanne Jasinski and Jeanne Suski are the Scholarship chairpersons.
The scholarship will be awarded to a successful organist who
is committed to music ministry within the diocese of Buffalo. Previous
winners may audition a second time and musicians who are primarily pianists
will be considered.
The audition will comprise three parts: an interview,
demonstration of hymn playing on the organ and performance of one major
piece of literature for either the piano or organ.
Please contact the guild director for application forms.
Bill Fay - email@example.com -or- 716-873-0180
100 Voices Combine at Diocesan Choral Festival
Musicians Guild of Buffalo presented the 2018 Choral Festival Concert on Sunday,
March 11th in St. Louis Church. The concert
featured individual performances by
the choirs of All Saints, St. Benedict, St. Katharine Drexel, and St. Louis
Churches, as well as the St. John Paul II Schola Cantorum and the St. Joseph Cathedral
Choir. All choral participants joined
for a finale performance under the direction of Frank Scinta of works by Christiansen, Praetorius, Bach, and
Fr. Ricky Manalo Inspires Guild Members at Convocation
2017 CMG Convocation was held on November 3 & 4 at Christ the King
Seminary in East Aurora. The featured presenter was Rev. Ricky Manalo, CSP,
Ph.D., a Paulist priest and a liturgical composer.
Fr. Manalo spoke on the topics: "Bearing Gifts Among Us: International
Ministers and Parish Life Today" and "Come to the Feast: Nourishing the
Assembly, Nourishing our Souls". Included in the Convocation were breakout
sessions for choir, cantor, piano and guitar. Friday evening featured a
beautiful concert by Fr. Ricky with the Our Lady of Hope Youth Choir under
the direction of Jennifer Serniuk.
See more pictures of the event on our Convocation
May 7, 2018
St. Benedict Church
Main Street and Eggert Road
May 17, 2018
St. John Gualbert Church
83 Gualbert Avenue at Doat Street
See A Message from the Diocesan Director of Music
on the Resources page.
Check out the latest essay by Chapter Director Bill Fay on our
Check out our Resources page
for links to music samples, church documents, music publishers, liturgy
planners and more!
Our Music Programs page
will offer samples of various music programs around our diocese that members
may use as an aid in planning their own programs. Check out the latest
posting from the 2014 Chrism Mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral.
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