The Marquette University Liturgical Choir is a forty to fifty to sixty member choral ensemble through the Office of Campus Ministry and the Department of Performing Arts. This ensemble can be taken as a 1 credit or zero credit course. The choir’s mission is to serve the liturgy by promoting congregational participation and fostering prayer among the faithful. The choir is devoted to the study, rehearsal, and singing of choral literature from all periods, styles, and cultures in the context of the Roman Catholic Liturgical tradition.
The Liturgical Choir provides music for the Sunday 6 p.m. Liturgies at the Church of the Gesu as well as all-university Liturgies. Because of Marquette’s Jesuit identity, this choir embodies and exemplifies the four components of the university’s mission: that of faith, leadership, excellence, and service. In addition, the Liturgical Choir is a faith community: students support one another and grow in faith together.
Membership is by audition and is open to undergraduate and graduate students
of any faith tradition.
The choir performs two annual concerts: the December Lessons and Carols concert - a fall concert that has varied through the years from Lessons and Carols concert to a St. Cecilia Hymn Festival traditionally in collaboration with the Marquette University Chorus and an independently held spring concert in April. The Liturgical Choir also collaborates with other music ministers for Sunday liturgies on campus, participates in service projects throughout the year, and sings at area parishes twice a year. All members go on retreat in the beginning of the fall and spring semester in order to bond with one another, pray together through the use of Taizé and guided prayer, relax, sing and have fun.
Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
in the Chapel of the Holy Family.
Rehearsals are mandatory for participation in the group.
For more information, email the director Tom Koester or call (414) 288-3695.
Thomas Koester, the Director of the Liturgical Choir, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in music from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master of Church Music from Scarritt Graduate School, Nashville, TN.