Music Ministry

Music Ministry at St. Mary’s


St. Mary’s Parish Choir

St. Mary’s Piano-Guitar Ensemble



The celebration of Eucharist expresses the essence of our parish life.   Music has always served a central liturgical role since Mrs. Antoinette Shaw in 1867 began to teach the earliest parishioners liturgical chant and to foster the development of a highly regarded parish choir. 


A small pipe organ operated by hand bellows was installed soon after the dedication of the first church building.  A larger organ was subsequently commissioned in 1887 from a prestigious Boston firm.  The current pipe organ was installed in the new St. Mary’s church in 1927, and is a featured instrument on the 2017 Organ Historical Society National Convention.   A beautiful Schimmel grand piano was gifted to St. Mary’s in 2004.


St. Mary’s parish musicians strive to illuminate the richness of scriptural and sacramental experience, and to enhance the beauty of the liturgy through their sung prayer.


The parish choir leads music at the 10:00 Mass September – May, for Advent Vespers, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter, and for special parish celebrations.  Its repertory spans traditional to contemporary chants and hymns, and includes sacred choral literature of seven centuries. 


The parish piano-guitar ensemble leads music alternately at the 4:30 and 11:30 Masses, and offers a mix of traditional hymnody and the best of Catholic contemporary ritual music. 


Both the choir and the ensemble are animated by a love of liturgical music and a desire to serve the parish community.  Both the choir and ensemble welcome singers who would like to share with them in the joy of parish music ministry!


Mary Joy Rieder serves as St. Mary’s Music Director, organist and choir director.  She would be happy to talk with you about the parish music program, or about your interest in the choir or ensemble (651.222.1296; ).  Or, feel free to visit with her or any of the parish musicians following a weekend Mass.