Music Ministry

The Music Ministry at Corpus Christi is a great way to get involved in our parish. You don’t need top-notch skills, just a love of music and community! See below for various ways in which to participate:

Adult Choir

Open to all.  This group is the foundation of the music ministry at Corpus Christi Church.  Adult Choir rehearses on Sunday at 11:00 AM, and sings at the 12:30 PM Mass.  Members often refer to the choir as a “family.” We learn a lot about music, vocal technique (even how to sight read), and do so in a safe, sacred, and fun way. We are always open to new members!

 

Children’s Choir

Open to singers Grade 3 and up. The  Children’s Choir rehearses Monday evenings at 6:30 PM in the parish center.  Children’s choir will teach your child fundamentals of music:  rhythm, melody, singing in tune, even how to read music.  We sing at the 8:45 AM Sunday Mass, and as part of special liturgies throughout the year.  Both Spanish and English speaking families are encouraged to participate!

 

Handbell Choir

Open to Grade 4 and up, and open to adults as well.  The Handbell Choir rehearses Monday evenings at 7:30 PM in the Parish Center. Participants are assigned to specifically pitched bells.  Working as a group and ringing the bells as directed, this group creates a beautifully unique take on hymns, Christmas carols, and other favorite music.  We ring at the 8:45 AM Sunday Mass, and as part of special liturgies throughout the year.   A very rare and unique opportunity!

 

Guitar Group

Open to players Grade 7 and up, and open to adults as well.  Younger participants allowed on a case by case basis.  Beginners welcome!  You must bring your own guitar, no exceptions.  Both Spanish and English speaking players are encouraged to participate!

Matthew LaBlanca, Director of Music.  matthew@ccwoodsideny.org

Matthew LaBanca has worked as a music director for over 20 years in various parishes throughout New York and Connecticut, and began his ministry at Corpus Christi in 2005.  A graduate of the University of Connecticut with dual degrees in Voice and Music Education,
Matthew loves the diverse community of Corpus Christi, and embraces the idea that music can unite us all in ministry.  Also an actor, Matthew has worked on Broadway, off Broadway, and in National Tours around the United States.  As a singer, he has performed with both the New York Choral Artists and the New York Virtuoso Singers, the choral groups who sing with the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed on several stages at Lincoln Center, as well as at Carnegie Hall.  For several seasons, Matthew also sang in the chorus at the Metropolitan Opera House.  Matthew teaches private voice and piano lessons in the neighborhood.