MaryLu Hartsell, Director 301-330-7565
Luis Marroquin, Spanish choir director 240-246-4064
Among the many signs and symbols used by the church to celebrate its faith, music is of preeminent importance. As sacred song united to words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.
St. John Neumann Parish has several choirs, all of which welcome new members. Cantors are always needed and instrumentalists are welcomed.
- The St. John Neumann Choir rehearses Thursday evenings at 7:30 P. M. and sings at the 11:15 A. M. liturgy on Sundays and at special liturgies on Holy Days. Adults and teens are welcome as are players of wind and string instruments.
- The Children’s Choir is for those presently in grades 3-7 (grade 2 if the child can read). Practice is every Thursday at 5 P. M and the choir sings at the 9:30 A. M. Mass the last Sunday of every month, September through Pentecost and on Feast Days as scheduled. To register your child for the CHILDREN'S CHOIR, CLICK ON THE BLUE BUTTON ABOVE.
- The Handbell Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:30 P. M. Teens and adults interested in playing do not need to“know” music. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. They play for special liturgies as scheduled, especially the Easter Vigil.
- The Spanish Choir sings at the 1:30 Spanish Mass every Sunday.
- The Music Committee is made up of a quartet of musicians who meet once a month or as scheduled to select the hymns, based on the readings of the day, and other music for the Liturgies.
There are concerts through the year, to which all are invited. Our choirs sing a Festival of Carols during the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season and, when time permits, a presentation of Holy Week music. We welcome The Gaithersburg Chorus here twice a year, when they are singing music that is appropriate for our church, and there is usually one organ recital each year. In the past we have hosted the Boy choir from Limerick (Germany), and other touring choirs. Over the next several years we hope to expand our concert offerings.