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 7:30pm in the church and this choir usually sings at 9:30am Sunday mass as well as at major celebrations 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. We sing with the Cathedral Choir each year in December with Mr. Tim Socha, Director of Music at St. Joseph Cathedral.  It is a wonderful experience for our choristers and their families.

Photo   Photo  Photos from St. Joseph Cathedral

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 [email protected]