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Ms. Jennifer Toohey,
Who Makes the Music at St. Ignatius
Our Music Director
Recently appointed Music Director and Cantor of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Parish, Ms. Jennifer Toohey has an extensive background in both
classical and ecclesiastical music, both in performance and
direction. Ms. Toohey has over 10 years experience as a Catholic Cantor
throughout the Rockville Centre Diocese as well as the Brooklyn Queens
Diocese. Comfortable in English, Italian and Spanish she cantors masses
in all three languages. Ms. Toohey is an experienced children’s choir
director, Elementary Music School teacher in the Catholic Schools and
private voice instructor. Ms. Toohey’s conservatory training in music
is from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and has an
extensive performing career as an operatic and concert singer across the
United States and Europe . As an opera singer and recitalist, Ms.
Toohey has worked in many opera companies throughout the United States
such as, Sarasota Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Intermezzo Opera Festival,
Brevard Music Festival and Raylynmor Opera among others and has
performed as a soloist , both sacred and operatic, throughout Europe in
countries such as Belgium, Italy, Austria, and Germany. Ms. Toohey also
has been the recipient of numerous vocal competition performance awards
such as the Paul Robeson Vocal Competition, Friday Woodmere Young Artist
Award, The Claire Bennet Moringiello Award and the Violet Zatkin award.
You, Our Parishioners!
congregation gathered at each Mass and service of the Church has a
significant impact and vital part to play in the music of the Church.
Quiet, gentle voices, strong and rich voices, even “a joyful noise”
voices - you are a big part of the music ministry by singing the Psalm
responses, the hymns of the day and the liturgical responses. You
participate in our music also when you come to listen. The choral
anthems and instrumental music of organ, flute, guitar and trumpet are
performed to support you in your times of prayer, praise and
meditation. If you are interested, you are welcome to find out about
singing in choir with us.
Our Cantor and Song Leader
Ms. Jennifer Toohey who is the Parish's
Music Director, regularly sings at mostly all the Masses.
Other talented people regularly provide musical support.
You often see Karen Massaro, Sister Marilyn Pfriender and Jim Sheehan at the organ for
9:30am and 6:00pm Masses.
St. Ignatius Loyola Parish Adult Choir
welcome new members! The Adult Choir has been in existence over 60 years
and currently has about a seventeen members spread out among the soprano,
alto, tenor and bass sections.
Click here to view the Adult Choir
St. Ignatius Loyola Parish Youth Choir
Rehearsals will be on
Wednesdays from 5:00pm - 6:00pm in
the church and the
children will sing at
Sunday Mass 1-2 times per month. All children ages 8 and up
who enjoy singing are encouraged to join. Parents are welcome to
contact our Music Director, Jennifer Toohey at the rectory office or by
email at StIgnatiusMusic@me.com to learn more.
Click here to view the Youth Choir
Loyola Parish Adult Choir serves a dual function:
To support the congregational songs of the parish
and to inspire the liturgical prayer of the parish through the beauty of sacred music.
Loyola Parish Adult Choir
is a mixed chorus of men and women of high school age and older, who
sings at the 11:00am Sunday Mass from October through June.
The Choir may additionally sing at the following:
Advent Service of Lessons and Carols
Christmas Midnight Mass
The Liturgies of the Easter Triduum
The Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
during the month of
September through June.
The current repertoire of the St. Ignatius Loyola Parish Choir consists
of about 150 chants, carols, anthems and motets. It spans five centuries
and many countries - a virtual survey of the history of sacred music.
The musical styles range from Gregorian chant, anthems and motets from
the high Renaissance, the polyphonic music of Palestrina and Victoria to
twentieth Century music by Vaughn Williams, Haugen, Rutter and Howells. Many of the works are sung a cappella; others are with organ accompaniment.
Ideally, members of the choir have
some music reading skills and a good singing voice. Some training in
basic vocal techniques, reading of music and musical notation, and a
cappella choral singing is provided during rehearsals. New members are
always welcome. They need to contact director Ms. Jennifer Toohey through the Rectory for an audition for voice placement.
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