Catholic Illini choirs and musicians have been turning heads for years. With 5 different choirs featuring 5 different liturgical music styles, there are countless ways to lend your voice to the unique beauty of Mass at St. John’s Chapel.

Have questions about Music at St. John’s? For general information about the music ministry, please contact the Director of Music, Heath Morber.

ChoirThe 5:00 PM Saturday VigilMass will be a No Music Mass during the Fall 2020 semester.
ChoirThe 10:30 AM Sunday choir has a commitment to singing quality music in a traditional style, drawing from the rich treasury of sacred music that the Church has fostered throughout its history.  The types of music that the choir performs include organ-based hymnody, Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony and anthems from the English tradition.  Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:30 PM and 9:30-10:15 AM Sunday morning, both in the choir loft.  Contact Director Heath Morber for more information.
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The 5:00 PM Sunday choir seeks to offer a more contemporary “praise and worship” style of music along with classic and memorable church songs, all in the context of the sacred liturgy handed down by the Church.  The music is often guitar-driven, but other musicians are welcome as well.  Contact Director Hannah Thompsen for more information.

The 9:00 PM Sunday choir draws from an eclectic repertoire ranging from contemporary repertoire to Latin chant.  It occupies a special place as it ministers during the 9:00 PM candlelight Mass, lending itself to a more contemplative ambiance.  Singers as well as instrumentalists are encouraged to share their gifts with the choir.  Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Choir Loft and Sundays, 8:00-8:45 PM in the St. Cecilia Choir Room. Contact Director Matt Lauer for more information.
The Schola Cantorum will be on hiatus during the Fall 2020 semester.

For any general questions, please contact the Director of Music, Heath Morber, at or 217-255-6613.