LIFTING VOICES IN SONG
The Cantorei is Mount Olive’s primary choir. Composed of thirty or so voices—men’s and women’s—the Cantorei is an accomplished group that sings primarily at the second Sunday liturgy and on most holy days throughout the church year. Cantor David Cherwien plans the music and directs the choir, usually with organ accompaniment, but often with any number of other instruments. Musical styles range from chants and classical pieces to gospel tunes, contemporary compositions and ethnic folk melodies.
Under Cherwien, the Cantorei is employed to contribute not just anthems but varying parts of the liturgy. It may offer a verse along with the congregation’s “alleluia” before the reading of the Gospel. It may sing a Sanctus in place of the congregation’s usual chant of “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord …” The Cantorei, in other words, is less a performing choir than an integral instrument of worship. The choir is open to members and non-members.
Singers or musicians interested in joining the Cantorei should contact us.
Cantorei rehearses each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and sings each Sunday morning, generally at the 10:45 Eucharist.
NATIONAL LUTHERAN CHOIR
Cherwien also conducts the National Lutheran Choir. The choir seeks to strengthen, renew and preserve the Lutheran heritage of choral music through the highest standards of performance and literature. The NLC sings occasionally at the church but is primarily a locally-performing choir.
Learn more about the National Lutheran Choir and its current season.
Children are integral to Mount Olive’s musical expression. Singing plays an especially important role in the Church School experience, with children sometimes helping to lead the congregation in worship on Sundays and festival days. As with the Cantlorei, a children’s choir is as likely to sing a part of the liturgy as an anthem. Young voices are a welcome and treasured part of our “joyful noise to the Lord.”
The tradition of children in worship dates to the fourth century when they first appeared as choristers, acolytes and lectors. The practice later became popular in Germany and especially in England, where boys’ choirs remain a prime expression of worship. The children’s choirs sing in church once a month during the school year.
Children in grades 1 through 7 or their parents who are interested in the music program should contact us.
The parish is home to many talented musicians who play occasionally at liturgies throughout the church year. Those interested should contact us.