Music

Music at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine
Rev. Thomas Carzon, OMV, Supervisor of Music Ministry
Brett Kostrzewski, Director of Music
Kevin Neel, Organist

St. Clement hosts a vibrant musical community. Located across the street from the Berklee School of Music and Boston Conservatory, and in a city rich with talented musicians and a strong Catholic life, St. Clement strives to provide beautiful music from the Church’s traditional heritage with the ultimate goal of enhancing worship and liturgy. We also host occasional concerts and other musical events, both in the sanctuary and the beautiful Upper Room.

The St. Clement Choir is a volunteer, community-based choir which provides music for the 8pm mass on Sundays. We rehearse Tuesday evenings 7-9pm, and warm-up briefly before mass on Sunday. Interested singers are welcome to join us; proficiency with reading music is expected. Repertoire is drawn from traditional sacred works from the past five centuries and Gregorian chant. The St. Clement Choir also provides music for certain holy days and special events at the church. The motet sung on a given Sunday is printed in the bulletin and posted in the narthex.

St. Clement also hosts a Missa Musica series. Roughly four times per year, a fully sung Latin mass setting is performed during the 8pm liturgy by a chamber ensemble of professionals. The next Missa Musica is Sunday 11/29, Feast of Christ the King, for which will be sung the Mass for 3 voices by William Byrd (ca. 1539-1623).

Occasionally, concerts are hosted by St. Clement for the cultural and spiritual enrichment of the community. Scheduled concerts are listed below.

If you are interested in learning more about the music program, please email Brett Kostrzewski at brettak@bu.edu. Thank you for visiting!

SCHEDULED CONCERTS:

Monday 2 November, 8pm
Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611): Officium defunctorum (1605)
Sung by professional sextet
Free admission; donations accepted
Sanctuary, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament