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Choirs at the Oratory

The Sacred Music program of Saint Francis de Sales Oratory exists for the glorification of God Almighty and the edification and sanctification of the faithful.

Choir loft The choir loft and organ

"Gregorian Chant has always been regarded as the supreme model for sacred music..." (Pope St. Pius X, Tra le Solecitudini, 1903).   The Gentlemen's Schola of the Oratory sings the great “uvre" of Gregorian chant propers at all feasts and solemnities of the ecclesiastical year. Members of the schola study Gregorian Chironomy (the art of conducting chant), solfège, and basic vocal technique. The Ladies' Schola specializes in both Gregorian chant and repertoire written for women's choir.  The schola sings for Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Thursday evenings (6:30pm) and on the last Sunday of month at the 10:00am High Mass.

The Oratory Choir serves as the principal choral ensemble for all feasts and solemnities at the Oratory.  Their repertoire encompasses nearly eleven centuries of music, from medieval chant to renaissance polyphony, from orchestral Masses of the 18th and 19th century to new choral compositions that are consonant with the so-called Roman School of Sacred Music.

Please contact the Director of Sacred Music for more information: (314) 771-3100 ext. 114