The Schola Cantorum is the principal choir at Old St. Joseph’s Church. The group is an integral part of the musical life of Philadelphia and provides an abundance of outstanding classical sacred music spanning the centuries, including music of the medieval period, with an emphasis on Gregorian chant, as well as music of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, and some 20th century repertoire. In addition to singing for the principal liturgies throughout the Liturgical Year including Christmas and Holy Week, they sing weekly for the 11:30 AM Sunday Choral Mass. The choir also presents concerts and special liturgies throughout the year, including the annual Service of Lessons and Carols and the Lenten Vespers series.

Rehearsals are held each Thursday night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM (September through early June.) Members need not have perfect pitch nor proficient sight-reading skill but a good basic musical ability including being able to match pitch, as well as sing with a good choral tone. In addition to an enriching musical experience and the opportunity to enter more fully into the liturgical life of the church, the choir enjoys a wonderful fellowship and camaraderie. For more information, please contact the director of music, Dr. Mark Bani: music@oldstjoseph.org

The Loyola Choir is a group of young adults who provide a wonderful variety of contemporary hymns at our 6:30 PM Sunday Mass each week. They meet each Sunday at 5:30 PM for rehearsal. Members need not have perfect pitch nor proficient sight-reading skill but a good basic musical ability including being able to match pitch, as well as sing with a good choral tone. In addition to an enriching musical experience and the opportunity to enter more fully into the liturgical life of the church, the choir enjoys a wonderful fellowship and camaraderie. For more information, please contact the director of music, Dr. Mark Bani: music@oldstjoseph.org.