The Music Ministry at St. Regis Catholic Church is led by Director of Liturgical Music, Andrew Neer. We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with Sunday liturgies. For more information or to volunteer for our music ministry, please fill out the form.
ST. REGIS CHORUS
- Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. in the church.
- Mass: 10:00 a.m. Sunday (9:15 a.m. warm-up & rehearsal prior to the beginning of Mass)
- The St. Regis Chorus is always looking for fresh voices to complement our growing ministry. Anyone from 9th grade and beyond is welcome to join the Chorus. The purpose of the Chorus is to enhance and elevate the spiritual experience and communion during weekend liturgy. In addition, it provides a place for singers to be enriched spiritually through the highest form of prayer, music!
- We welcome all levels of musical ability to join the Chorus, being a trained musician is not necessary (but of course welcome). The most important thing is that you keep a great attitude, willingness to learn, desire to grow and the ability to match pitch. The ability to read music is helpful but not necessary. If you have a passion for singing, we look forward to seeing you in rehearsal!
- The music ministry at St. Regis is looking for new members interested in leading our congregation in song. This is open to ages 10 and beyond. If you feel you have a calling to sing and lead our congregation in song, please reach out to us! The ideal candidate will have a good singing voice and some ability to read music is very helpful but not entirely necessary. Though it is encouraged that cantors participate in the chorus, it is not, by any means, required.
- If you play an instrument, be it string, brass, guitar or percussion, please contact our music director. The vibrancy added to the liturgy by instrumentalists is unsurpassed. It is a great way to share your talents with the Parish and assist in the enhancement of the liturgical experience!
YOUTH CHOIR & CANTORS
- We encourage youth, grades 4-8 to join our Youth Choir here at St. Regis. Nothing energizes a liturgy more than children singing praise and glory to God. If your son or daughter wishes to participate in assisting with the music ministry, please do not hesitate to contact our music director. In addition to joining to youth choir, we are looking for young ones to also assist as cantors at weekend Mass.
- Youth Choir Rehearses: 6:00 p.m. Mondays, aligning with the faith formation schedule. They sing once a month at the Noon Mass.
American conductor, Andrew Neer, was born in Tucker, Georgia and currently resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan with his wife, Mary Lynn. He is quickly becoming known for his energetic, dynamic and expressive conducting style. His focus has been to educate and expand appreciation of music. He believes that at the heart of everything, music is the soul of America.
He attended Central Michigan University (CMU) studying Composition, Trumpet and Music Theatre Performance. Following his time at CMU, he obtained two Master of Music degrees in Composition and Conducting, respectively. His experience as a composer ranges from that of the art song to film scores.
In 2008, Mr. Neer began coursework for a Master of Music (MM) in Composition/Theory. While in his MM, he had the pleasure of studying with Dr. James Hartway. In his work with Dr. Hartway, he refined his technique and built upon his “American” sound mixing atonality, serialism, and tonal music. While writing his thesis work for orchestra, Remember Us, he rekindled his passion for conducting and began pursuit of a second MM in Conducting. In his degrees, he studied with musicologist Dr. Eldonna May and Schenkerian Theorist Karl Braunschweig.
In 2013, he was invited to conduct Verdi’s La Traviata for Michigan Opera Theatre’s community programs, receiving high acclaim. He always had a deep appreciation for opera; furthermore, this opportunity ignited a great passion and Mr. Neer has since led performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in Metro-Detroit.
In early 2016, he embarked on an international conducting career, appearing with orchestras in Romania and Bulgaria. He has studied privately with orchestral conductor and mentor Kenneth Kiesler, choral conducting with Dr. Norah Duncan IV, and Douglas Bianchi (winds). He is often a clinician to schools and professional organizations in metropolitan Detroit.
In addition to his ministry at St. Regis Catholic Church, Mr. Neer is Music Director / Conductor of Orchestra Sono (Birmingham MI), Artistic Director / Conductor of Oakland Choral Society, and Music Director / Conductor of Redford Civic Symphony Orchestra. He holds Master of Music degrees in Composition and Conducting from Wayne State University, Detroit MI. He is an active member of ASCAP, The Conductors Guild, League of American Orchestras, College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), The Society of Composers International, and alumni to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He aspires to create new music and opportunities to share music with anyone who may not normally experience orchestral and opera repertoire.