The parish choirs are comprised of children in grade 3 through adults who assist with the worship life of the parish singing over a hundred liturgies every year and performing in the Parish Music Series. We are always adding new voices to our program; if you are interested in joining one of choirs, please contact Dr. Jennifer Seighman.
The Probationers and Choristers provide music for the 9:00am Sunday Mass in rotation, and at times in combination, with one other. In addition to building vocal and musical skills, fostering team work, and learning a vast treasury of sacred music, the parish choirs utilize a chorister training program from the Royal School of Church Music known as Voice for Life through which singers work toward specific level objectives to earn medals. The RSCM supports a worldwide network of over 8,000 churches, schools, and individuals. It is committed to achieving the best use of quality sacred music in liturgy through education, training, publications, advice, and encouragement. To earn medals, singers must display mastery of the workbook objectives and successfully complete written and sung exams administered by the Parish Music Director. More details are available in the following link: Choir Registration Form & Schedule
The Parish Adult Choir provides music for the 11:00am Sunday Mass and consists of professional section leaders and highly skilled volunteers of high school age (10th grade) and older who learn music quickly and are interested in enhancing the worship of God through singing the Sacred Rites of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.
Wednesday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm — Trebles (Gr. 3 & up)
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm — Advanced Trebles (Gr. 7-12)
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm - Tenors and Basses (Gr. 7-12)
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm — Adult Choir
2020 - 2021 Music Series
2020-2021 Music Series Sponsorship Form
Thursday, September 3 (online release)
Virtual OLA Choirs: St. Gregory the Great, Pope
Members of the parish choirs of Our Lady of the Atonement will perform the motet Ubi caritas by 21st-century Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo. Singers recorded their individual part at home, then the parts were combined together to produce OLA’s first ever virtual choir recording.
Tuesday, September 15 (online rebroadcast)
OLA Choristers Archive Performance: Our Lady of Sorrows
This musical meditation of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater depicts the many stages of suffering of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Choristers of Our Lady of the Atonement, soloists Angela Malek and Crystal Johnson, and members of the instrumental ensemble Sonido Barroco performed this masterwork at OLA on Palm Sunday 2019.
Tuesday, September 29 (online release)
Virtual Organ Performance: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels
Gary Marks, former OLA Organist-in-Residence, plays movements from Sonate I, Op. 65 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Jennifer Seighman, OLA Music Director & Organist, plays Präludium in g-moll, WoO 10 by Johannes Brahms.
Thursday, October 22 (online release)
Virtual Alumni Voice Recital: St. John Paul II, Pope
Our Lady of the Atonement has been blessed to have a number of talented singers in the parish choir who are now pursuing or have already completed degrees in music from prestigious institutions. Countertenor Christian Cruz, soprano Mary Henriquez, soprano Maura Navarette, bassbaritone Alejandro Oliveros, and mezzo-soprano Cameron Weger will sing music by Bach, Cavalli, Handel, Mendelssohn, Mussorgsky, Purcell, and Telemann.
Monday, November 2 • 7:00pm
Requiem Mass: Commemoration of All Souls
This Mass will be offered for the faithful departed and feature the plainchant setting of Missa pro defunctis, sung by the Atonement Academy and OLA Parish Men’s Schola.
Sunday, December 13 • 4:00pm
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Originating in 1918 at King’s College in Cambridge, England, this beautiful service features the unfolding of the mystery of the Incarnation as told through scripture and sacred song.
Sunday, February 7 • 4:00pm (tentative)
Choral Evensong: Pre-Lent
IlluMEN, San Antonio’s only professional male choral ensemble, will be the guest choir and sing works by Rachmaninoff, Willan, and more.
Sunday, March 28 • 4:00pm (tentative)
Holy Week Meditation: Sonoro and Sonido Barroco
Dramatic musical works depicting the passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the perspective of Christ, his mother Mary, and his disciple Peter will be presented. Music will include Charpentier’s Stabat Mater H.15, Casals’ O vos omnes, Haydn’s Seven Last Words, Lotti’s Crucifixus á 8, and Charpentier’s Le Reniement de St. Pierre.
Sunday, May 2 • 4:00pm (tentative)
Choral Evensong: Easter
The Texas Children’s Choir, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Hardaway and Mrs. Bethany Hill, will be the guest choir.
Friday, July 9 • 7:00pm
Organ Recital: Parish Feast Day Celebration