Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord

The Ministry of Music at Saint Rose of Lima                       johnandmatt2

Director of Music & Organist   

John Buckel

CONTACT: Mr. Buckel at 516.798.4992 x240 or e-mail:   

Principal Cantor & Handbell Director

Matthew Bayen

The Parish Choir

IMG 3722The Parish Choir of 40+ voices is the backbone of all major liturgies and concerts here at St. Rose and includes both professional and non-professional singers from high school to adult ages. The choir performs a wide variety of repertoire from chant-based motets to new publications. To worship and at the same time be able to share your voice with this ensemble is a truly powerful, spiritual and rewarding experience.

A simple audition is required to join. Previous choral experience is preferred. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 8:00-9:00 pm. The choir sings for the 11:00 am Mass every Sunday from September through May and performs multiple concerts throughout the year.

During the past few seasons, the choir has performed notable sacred music concerts including REQUIEM - Gabriel Faure, MESSIAH, Parts I & III Handel, Messe Solennelle (St. Cecilia) by Charles Gounod, with the 100+ voice Diocesan Choir of Rockville Centre, GLORIA by Vivaldi, and the Dubois, Seven Last Words of Christ.

Music Concert Series 2017 - 2018 

Requiem – Gabriel Faure
November 2 -  7:30pm All Souls, Evening Mass
Parish Choir, Soloists & Organ
Advent Lessons & Carols Service
December 15 – 7:30pm
Parish Choir, Youth Chorale, Bell Choir, String Orchestra, Brass & Organ
Christmas Eve Concert
December 24 – 8:30pm (preceding 9:00pm Choir Mass)
Parish Choir, Soloists & Organ
New Pipe Organ Dedicatory Concert & Solemn Blessing
May 18, 2018 – 7:30pm
Parish Choir, Youth Chorale, Bell Choir, Brass Orchestra, Percussion & Organ
Celebrating our Renovated & Expanded 39 rank/46 stop Moller Pipe Organ
The Diocesan Boys & Teens Choir
June 2, 2018 – 5:15pm (providing special music for our Corpus Christi Vigil Mass)
Michael Bower – Organist & Director (C0-Music Director, St. Agnes Cathedral)
                                                                               In celebration of our Renovated Church & Pipe Organ



Family Liturgy Youth Chorale

choirdv3The Youth Chorale sings every Sunday for the 9:30 am Family Liturgy Mass along with the Handbell Choirs from September through May. All boys and girls who love to sing, between Grades 3 - 8 and high school choir leaders, are welcome to join. Being a part of this ensemble provides choristers the opportunity to develop strong vocal skills and proper performance etiquette. Most importantly, it gives choristers the opportunity to grow in their faith through music and share that faith with those around them. Weekly rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 6:30 pm until 7:10 pm.  

Youth Bell Choir

The youth handbell choir offers boys and girls between Middle and High School grade levels an opportunity to enhance the 9:30 am Family Mass with the glorious sound of handbells. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 7:30 - 7:55 pm. This ensemble offers ringers a great introduction to proper handbell technique.

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The Junior Bell Choir offers boys and girls between elementary and middle school grade levels an opportunity to enhance the 9:30 am Family Liturgy Mass along with the Youth Chorale and Youth Bell Choir.  Rehearsals take place from 7:10 - 7:30 pm, immediately following choir rehearsal.  Many boys and girls join two ensembles.

Teen Cantors


Appointed by the Music Director, boys & girls in the High School grade levels who show exemplary leadership as members of the Youth Chorale may become Cantors for the 9:30 am Family Mass. As a Teen Cantor, he/she will have leadership roles in presenting the weekend announcements/greetings for Mass, and helping to lead the congregation in song.

The Life Teen Band

The Life Teen Band, led by Stephanie Muhs, is made up of adults (18+) and offers contemporary-styled music for the 5:15 pm Sunday Life Teen Mass. If you are interested in playing/singing in the band, please contact our Youth Minister or see Stephanie before or after the 5:15 pm Mass.

The Pipe Organ at St. Rose - click here for Organ Specifications