Ministers of Music

Saints Peter & Paul enjoys a lively and comprehensive music ministry. We encourage full and active participation from the assembly by providing effective musical leadership. We are members of the Church Musicians' Guild of Buffalo, The American Guild of Organists, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Guild. These organizations provide our musicians with ongoing musical and spiritual growth. Our choirs and instrumentalists participate in concerts here during the year and join in diocesan events. We welcome new members at any time. Cantors lead sung prayer at most of our liturgies. These are people with good vocal and leadership skills.

The Adult Choir includes people of high school age and older. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the church and this choir usually sings at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mass as well as major celebration of the liturgical year.

The Children's Choir is made up of pupils in grades 3-8. There are two rehearsals available each week and they sing at the monthly Family Liturgy as well as many parish celebrations throughout the school year.

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Children's Choir with Mr. Tim Socha, Director of Music St. Joseph Cathedral 2012. We sing with the Cathedral Choir each year in December.  A wonderful experience for our choristers and their families.

Instrumentalists regularly play at liturgies accompanying congregation and choir.  We ask that young players have achieved at least a Grade 5 NYSMA rating.  Many adults play for us also.

Historic SS Peter and Paul church provides a beautiful acoustical space. We host many concerts from local groups such as Amherst Bel Canto, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Canisius College Chorus, Harmonia and Vocalis.

Gail Crocker Shepherd is Director of the Ministries of Music.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music, was past president of the Church Musicians' Guild and has served on the Board of the American Guild of Organists Buffalo Chapter.

We welcome new musicians! Contact Gail Shepherd 632-2559 ex.209

Music Calendar 2014-15


  • Tuesdays 9,16,23,30-Children  Choir 2:00-3:15 Church
  • Thursdays 11,18,25-Adult Choir 7:30-9:00 Church
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16-7:00 Bishop Edward Grosz addresses the Church Musicians' Guild "Where Do We Go From Here?"  Life after the New Roman Missal


  • Tuesdays 7,14,21,28 Children' Choir 2:00-3:15 Church
  • Thursdays 2,9,16,23 Adult Choir 7:30-9:00 Church


  • Tuesdays 4,18,25 Children's Choir 2:00-3:15 Church
  • Thursdays 6,13,27 Adult Choir 7:30-9:00 Church


  • Wednesday Dec. 3:00-9:00 Amherst Bel Canto rehearsals Church
  • Thursday Dec. 4-7:00 Taiz  Advent Service Church
  • Friday, Dec. 5-Vocalis Choir Christmas Concert  5:00-10:00 Concert 7:30 Church
  • Sunday, Dec. 7-Amherst Bel Canto 1:00-5:00 Concert 3:00 Church
  • Tuesdays 2,9,16 Children's Choir 2:00-3:15
  • Thursdays 4,11,18 Adult Choir 7:30-9:00 Church


  • Tuesdays 6,13,20,27 Children's Choir 2-3:30 Church
  • Thursdays 8,15,22,29 Adult Choir 7:30-9:00 Church


  • Thursday February 26-7:00 Taiz Lenten Service 7:00-Church
  • Tuesdays 3,10,17,24 Children's Choir 2-3:30 Church
  • Thursdays 5,12,19,26 Adult Choir 7:30-9:00 Church


  • Tuesdays 3,10,17,24 Children's Choir 2-3:30 Church
  • Thursdays 5,12,19,26 Adult Choir 7:30-9:00 Church


  • Tuesdays 14,21,28 Children's Choir 2-3:30 Church
  • Thursdays 16,23,30 Adult Choir 7:30-9:00 Church


  • Tuesday, May 5 Children's Choir 2-3:30 Church
  • Thursdays 7,14 Adult Choir 7:30-9:00 Church