ASSUMPTION COLLEGE CHAPEL MUSIC
The Chapel Music Program provides students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends many opportunities to serve as music ministers for liturgies at Assumption College, enriching the worshiping assembly’s participation in song through a balanced combination of traditional and contemporary hymns and carefully prepared anthems. The student Chapel Choir rehearses on Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30pm and sings for the 7:00pm Mass each Sunday when school is in session. It also sings for other special services like the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the academic year, the Service of Christian Unity in January, and the Baccalaureate Mass in May. In addition it presents the musical Godspell every three to four years as a way of bringing the message of the Gospel parables to the larger community. The next production will be during the Spring semester, 2011. The Chapel Choir also sings annually for the Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, a Lenten Choral Meditation and Stations of the Cross, and serves as ambassadors of the college by taking its music ministry to others through day-trips to parishes of student members, and week-long tours to cities like Washington DC and New York City. A tour to Rome, Italy is planned for the Spring of 2012. To date it has also produced two CD recordings, Rejoice and Be Glad and Gathered As One which are available at www.cdbaby.com.
The Festival Choir brings students, staff, alumni, and friends of the college together to serve as music ministers for special liturgical celebrations such as the Christmas Eve and Easter Vigil Masses and for the 10am Sunday Mass on major Feast days. Many alumni of the Chapel Choir often return to participate in this group as a way to re-live the very special experience Chapel Choir was for them during their time at Assumption and to remain connected to the college.
The Chapel Choir is directed by Lei (Ray) Yu, Associate Director of Music Ministry. She also directs the student cantor program, through which students with more advanced music background are trained in all aspects of serving as a solo cantor for Mass. Dr. Frank Corbin, Director of Music Ministry, oversees the Chapel Music program and is organist and pianist for college liturgies. He also teaches in the Department of Art/Music/Theater. You may contact either of them for more information on joining the choirs or any aspect of the Chapel Music program.
Assumption College’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit was completed in 1968. The architect of this contemporary structure was college alumnus Norman Nault. He was aided by his wife Julie Nault, as interior design consultant. The Chapel can accommodate 400 to 450 people.
The Chapel’s stained glass was designed by Father Donat LaMothe, a.a. in the late 1960’s and realized by Carl Paulson of Upton, MA. Read more about the Chapel of the Holy Spirit and the Chabot Memorial Organ >
I would simply say that even my limited involvement permits me to be part of a cross section of our Assumption community which considers it important to join in acts of worship and celebration at key times of the year. In addition to all that we do together at the college, it is fitting that as a Christian institution that we join in celebrating who we are spiritually and liturgically.
Paul Ziegler, bass
Professor of History Deciding to join the AC Chapel Choir has immensely impacted my life at school. Prior to entering Assumption my freshman year, I visited the school several times and once I heard the choir sing at mass, I knew that I had to be a part of it. I joined the chapel choir during my freshman year, and haven't looked back since. Participating in the choir means much more than singing at weekly masses to me, it has meant meeting lifelong friends, furthering my spirituality, and partaking in once in a lifetime activities such as singing backup for Kenny Rogers. I have found that joining the chapel choir has been one of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever encountered. Learning to grow individually and as a group has taught me the values of teamwork and perserverence. Without this amazing experience, I would have surely missed out on so many incredible memories that I know will last a lifetime.
Kristen St. Martin '07
The Chapel Choir sings at the President's Council Dinner (2004). Mechanic's Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts