Music Ministry

Music at Saint Michael the Archangel Church, Greenwich
 

May 2021 - I love the concept that the church continues to celebrate Easter for fifty days; it's not just Easter Sunday, but fifty days. Today this reminder seems more relevant than ever, as we rush from appointment from appointment, from work email to email, from text to text to waiting for the next Amazon Prime delivery: How we fill our days, "these days". 

Easter is still with us, and "Alleluia" is our song (even though congregational singing is prohibited during covid). During this unprecedented time as we begin to emerge as a society into a sense of "near normalcy" (whatever that may have meant as individuals) never forget that Easter is an ongoing celebration, a renewal, a discovery, a promise. 

Keeping that in mind, I'm delighted to announce that following thirteen months of physical separation due to covid restrictions, our fabulous choir is beginning in person rehearsals this week, During the pandemic we still maintained contact via zoom meetings and my "Discovery Series" highlighting famous composers and their works. Though Diocesean guidelines limit choral participation at mass to just four singers, masked and socially distanced, beginning this Thursday we will gather in person again as a ministry and community, to offer sung prayer in our rehearsals. It's important to remember that music is sung prayer.  Our members have been vaccinated  and will rehearse socially distanced spread out in the pews, masked, single file, with doors open for ventilation. We look forward to the time our wonderful ministry is able to fully gather during mass to offer our sung prayer.
- Mark Kaczmarczyk, Music Director


Music is one of the primary ways we praise God, through our “sung prayer”. Each weekend our core of professional cantors and our volunteer Adult Choir at the noon mass offer an impressive array of musical offerings.

Our new choir of sixteen adults and young adults in High School offer major choral anthems by Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn. Brahms, through contemporary composers including John Taverner and Stephen Paulus. The Adult Choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 pm and sings at the noon mass.

               


We're delighted to announce that baritone Michael Maliakel has joined our ministry as the Sunday cantor. Michael enjoys a varied career spanning theater, oratorio, liturgical music, and television. Prior to the pandemic, Michael was on the Broadway national tour of The Phantom of the Opera. He made his Off-Broadway debut in Anything Can Happen: The Songs of Maury Yeston. Other recent theatrical highlights include Bernstein’s MASS (Chicago Symphony - Ravinia Festival), Georg in She Loves Me (PlayMakers Repertory Company), and the record-breaking world premiere of Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Michael’s on-screen work includes roles on “BULL” and “FBI”, both on CBS.

Michael has performed as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles across the country including the Tallahassee Symphony, the Savannah Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, TENET Vocal Artists, the Aeolus String Quartet, the Greenwich Choral Society, the Harmonium Choral Society, and the Long Island Choral Society. He has received top awards from several prestigious organizations including the American Traditions Vocal Competition (Gold Medal), the Lotte Lenya Competition (Third Prize), the NATS National Music Theater Competition (First Prize), and the Gerda Lissner Foundation.

Michael received his earliest musical training at the American Boychoir School. He attended Georgetown University and the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University. Michael recently moved from Manhattan to Greenwich, CT with his wife, Sarah, and their new puppy, June. They have a special connection to St Michael Church, as Sarah received First Communion and Confirmation as a member of the parish. Make sure you say hello to Michael this Sunday after mass.


To contact the Music Ministry, call (203) 869-5421, press 6  or call (203) 622-4693.
Music Director StMichaelMusicGreenwich@gmail.com

 

 

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