Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Music Ministry

Adult Choir

The Adult Choir is open to those ages 18+. This group provides music at the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Liturgy using a variety of styles of music, generally in the SAB/SATB format. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. If you are interested, please email the Music Director with the subject title: Adult Choir.


The cantor is a leader of sung prayer stemming from the Jewish tradition of a cantor intoning the psalm. The cantor leads the Responsorial psalm during the Liturgy of the Word and assists with song leading when a music ensemble is not present. Rehearsal times are set with the music director who will assist in vocal development and training. Prior musical experience is desirable. If you are interested, please email the Music Director with the subject title: Cantor.
*Please note, you do NOT have to be a member of an ensemble in order to be a cantor.*

Children's Choir

The Children's Choir was established at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1984. The program's objective is to teach children the language of music and artistic expression within a Catholic Christian faith context. The choirs are actively involved with the spiritual and liturgical life of the Church. The Children’s Choir is open to those grades 1-8 and currently rehearses on Mondays from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Those interested in the Children’s Choir, please have an adult email the Music Director with the subject title: Children’s Choir.

Contemporary Ensemble

The Contemporary Ensemble is open to those in Grade 8 and older. This group provides music at the 5:00 p.m. Sunday Liturgy. The Contemporary Ensemble uses a variety of music, with a focus on incorporating Contemporary Christian music. This group rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome to join this group. If you are interested, please email the Liturgy Director with the subject title: Contemporary Ensemble.

Instrumental Ensemble Music

Instrumentalists of any sort are invited to be involved at any of the weekend Liturgies. After meeting with the Music Director, instrumentalists usually prepare independently and arrive early to the Liturgy in order to coordinate with the accompanist and cantor. New accompanists on the piano or organ are always needed. Consider sharing your gifts with your parish community. Anyone interested, please email the Music Director with the subject title: Instrumentalist.

Handbell Choir

The Handbell Ensemble is a small group of musicians dedicated to enhance the beauty of the liturgy through the music of handbells. Members of the group rotate playing on major feast days such as the Easter Vigil, Christmas, and the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Rehearsals will be held as needed the week before Mass. The ability to read music is preferred, but not required. Those interested in joining the Handbell Ensemble, please email the Music Director with the subject title: Handbell Ensemble.

*Music Ministry at OLMC is a volunteer ministry. All are welcome however there will be a short, private audition process. Vocalists will be asked to match pitch, demonstrate their vocal range, and sight-read a short example with accompaniment. Instrumentalists will be asked to play a prepared piece and sight-read a short example. This process is not intended to deny participation, only to gauge a person’s strengths and abilities.*

About the Music Director
Johanna Smith is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with a B.A. in Sacred Music. In addition to her work as music director at OLMC, she also is a private vocal instructor and sings with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
Please feel free to contact Mrs. Smith with any questions regarding Music Ministry at OLMC.