Greetings from the Music Ministry!
Singing in a church choir affords children a way in which to experience the mass in a different way, one in which giving of themselves can bring a closer communion with God, the parish and with each other. In order to accomplish this, we must show our kids that singing is such a huge and integral part of our liturgy.
In our choir, children will learn about the mass, the purpose behind what we choose to sing and the questions that we all have about music as it relates to the liturgy. They will learn breathing and proper vocal technique and how to use their voices together efficiently. Also--since a lot of kids often sing with their school choirs, I am striving to make sure that our choir members understand exactly how a catholic school choir differs from what we sing in a Mass here in the Parish. Furthermore, since the new mass translation has been implemented, it is especially important right now for our children to understand the changes. What better way to learn the new mass than singing in children’s choir??
I would like to officially invite you and your children to come to our next choir rehearsal and try it out! We meet every Wednesday from 5-6pm and we sing mostly at Saturday vigil masses once a month, with occasional holydays. We’d love it if you would come and sing with us!!
(Children's Choir Director)
Miss Knecht is pleased to be the children’s choir Director this year after her participation as the Assistant Children’s Choir Director. She was confirmed here at St. John Vianney in 2008, and has since been a member of the choir/cantor and has been highly involved in the development of the children’s choir music program here at St. John Vianney. Outside of her church duties, she is currently a private music teacher of voice and piano at Memorial School of Music in Houston, and she currently has a studio roster of over 40 individual students. In addition, she has directed many additional programs with the school organizing recitals and preparing students for upcoming performances. Miss Knecht has directed various children’s choirs throughout her years as a music professional at First Methodist Church in Shreveport, La., as well as music director for various music programs here in Houston.
Hailing from New Orleans, La., Miss Knecht attended Centenary College in Shreveport, La., and was a member of the prestigious Centenary College choir which performed in over eighteen countries and hundreds of concerts throughout the south. Miss Knecht also continued her studies in performance at the University of Houston. As a professional, Miss Knecht has sung in various concerts as a featured soloist with the Shreveport Symphony, as well as a guest soloist for various local organizations. She is a founding member of the Houston Cecilia choir which has just begun its third season.