Music Ministry

Liturgy at St. Ignatius is enriched by our vibrant, wide-reaching Music Ministry. Involving nearly 100 professional and volunteer vocalists, instrumentalists, and conductors, we strive for excellence as we give praise with our hearts, minds, and voices to the greater glory of God.

To musicians of all backgrounds, ages, and ability levels - whether you are a parishioner, a Boston College or STM student, whether you are new to the parish or have been around for years - we need you! Please consider joining our ministry. We offer a wide range of musical styles and levels of time commitment. For more information, contact parish Director of Music, Matthew Anderson, any of the various ensemble leaders, or speak to us after mass.

The Adult Choir


The Adult Choir rehearses from September to June each Wednesday evening from 7:15-9pm in the Choir/Media room. Preparing an eclectic repertoire including Gregorian chant, traditional hymnody, contemporary choral selections, and gospel music, the choir sings at the 10am Sunday liturgy. Featuring both professional and volunteer musicians, the choir is conducted by Tyler Turner.

The 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Music Ensemble


The Contemporary Music Ensemble sings weekly at the 5:30p Sunday liturgy. With an hour-long rehearsal before mass, their repertoire presents a full breadth of contemporary Catholic church music and includes multiple genres including folk, world and gospel. Under the direction of Allyn McCourt, instrumentalists are also an integral part of the ensemble.


The Youth Choir

The Youth Choir serves the 10am Family mass on Faith Formation Sundays. Directed by Mickey Zibello, this ensemble presents energetic, contemporary music. With opportunities for children, adults, singers, and instrumentalists, rehearsals take place at 9am in the Lannon Chapel.

Ministerio de Musica Latina/Coro (Latino Music Ministry)


El Coro prepara música todos los domingos para nuestra misa en español a mediodía en la Capilla Lannon. El ensayo se lleva a cabo a las 11:15 en la Capilla Lannon y, ocasionalmente, los días de semana. Con cantantes e instrumentistas, el Coro está dirigido por Allyn McCourt.

Children and Instrumentalists


Additionally, we have seasonal opportunities for instrumentalists and children. Past projects have included children’s choirs, chamber groups, and participation within our larger ensembles at Christmas, Holy Week, and other parish-wide celebrations.

To hear our Choir in action, listen to the following samples, recorded live during a recent liturgy at St. Ignatius Church:

They Were Filled with the Holy Spirit (MP3, 6MB): from our CD recorded June 2010
Anima Christi (MP3, 3.5MB) from our CD recorded June 2010.
We Are Marching (MP3, 2.1MB), trad. South African, from the 2004 Easter Vigil Liturgy at St. Ignatius.
Libera Me (MP3, 7.1MB) by Maurice Duruflé from Requiem performance at the Jesuit Urban Center. November 4, 2006.

If you have trouble playing the files, try saving them to disk first. BC's server seems to be having trouble telling the difference between MP3 files and plain text files.  Mac users can also play through i-Tunes (paste the song address into the URL box under "advanced").

Additional links:
Video from our
April 2013 U-Tunes Concert 
Musical highlights from the 2011 Paschal Triduum Liturgies 
Listen to Taize Music clips 
Learn more about Casavant, the makers of our church organ.