This is where Music comes to Life

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The music ministry of Christ the King Catholic Church leads the sung praise of Almighty God! We aim to foster a singing assembly at Mass through choirs and music presented with both skill and grace. Talented singers and musicians are encouraged to offer their service in this ministry. Participation is on a select basis; it requires an audition and is dependent upon a person’s ability and the needs of the various music groups.

Distinct choirs sing at three Sunday morning Masses – 7:30 Mass (Chant Choir); 9:00 Mass (Family Choir); 11:00 Mass (CTK Choir) — each led by music director Stephen Banyra.

A fourth group – Life Teen Choir, made-up of teenagers – sings at the Sunday 5:30 pm Mass under the direction of Matt Jeffries. (Contact him directly for information.)

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Family Choir Auditions

August 29, 6 to 7 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

For kids, teens — grade 5 thru high school — and their parents. (grades 3 & 4 permitted if accompanied by a parent or older sibling)

For the audition, each candidate will be asked individually to sing “Happy Birthday”. There will also be some ear training exercises. In addition, the entire group will rehearse a few songs together.

The Family Choir sings each Sunday at the 9 am Mass. Rehearsals are Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
note – choir singers should be up-to-date with their sacraments or in process

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The Chant Choir & the CTK Choir Auditions

August 24 and 25, 7 pm – (come either night to audition for either choir)

The Chant Choir and the CTK Choir are for young adults and adults (18+)

The Chant Choir sings each Sunday at the 7:30 am Mass. Rehearsals are held on two Wednesdays of each month, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
• Skill Level: Easy to Moderate •

The CTK Choir sings each Sunday at the 11 am Mass. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
• Skill Level: Advanced •

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For the audition, each candidate will be asked individually to sing “Amazing Grace”, verse 1. (see words below) There may also be some ear training and music reading exercises.

Amazing Grace
1. Amazing grace!
How sweet the sound
That saved and set me free!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How many people will be accepted?
There are a handful of spots in each choir beginning this fall thru Christmas. In January, we will add a few additional singers to each group — Lent thru Easter and Pentecost. (If you are not accepted for the fall, you may receive a tentative invitation to join the choir after Christmas.)

Is a Covid-19 vaccine required?
No, there is no requirement. People should use good judgement; those with compromised health should be cautious about participating.

When will I find out if I’ve been accepted?
Everyone who auditions will be notified by email at the end of the week, after all auditions have been completed.

What else?
Be assured, the auditions will be carried out with kindness and respect. All auditions will be recorded for working purposes only. Here is a small summary about each of our three Sunday morning choirs:

CHANT CHOIR

7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass
• Skill Level: Easy to Moderate •

Singers with good, clear voices are needed. The Chant Choir sings traditional hymns, well-known liturgical music, and some beautiful plainchant. Rehearsals are held on two Wednesdays of each month, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

FAMILY CHOIR

9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass
• Skill Level: Easy to Moderate •

A multi-generational choir for children, teens, and their parents. Young people grades 5 and up (grades 3 & 4 if accompanied by a parent or older sibling). Rehearsals are Mondays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

CTK CHOIR

11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass
• Skill Level: Advanced •

Our cathedral-style choir welcomes skilled singers who read music to audition. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

LIFE TEEN CHOIR

5:30 p.m. Sunday Mass
Our Life Teen choir and ensemble, under the direction of Matt Jeffries. Click here to email him for more information about this music group.

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For further information, please contact Stephen Banyra, Director of Music Ministries: SBanyra@CTK-Tampa.org, 813.876.5841, ext. 2259

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