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Basic Certification: Cantor Ministry

The ministry of cantor effectively allows the faithful who gather together and who await the Lord's coming to sing psalms, hymns, and inspired songs as instructed by St. Paul (Col.3:16). It is in song that the sign of the heart's joy can be found (Acts 2:46).

The Basic Cantor Certification provides a broad historical context for the cantor, instills basic & advanced musical techniques, and supplies the cantor with a process to deepen his/her ministerial presence and awareness.

Requirements for Certification

To achieve certification as a cantor the following requirements must be met:

  • Successful completion of Cantor Formation Class A (eight-week course) along with written examination and practicum examinations.
  • Successful completion of Cantor Formation Class B along with written examination and practicum examinations.
  • Successful completion of the workshop Liturgical Spirituality and submission of the assigned essay to the Office for Worship.
  • Submission of a letter of recommendation from pastor.

Cantor A Course

  • Eight-week course which meets two hours weekly
  • This course serves as a prerequisite for Cantor Training B (2nd series for cantor certification).

Prerequisites for Cantor A Course

  • Basic ability to read music notation, both in terms of pitch & rhythm
  • Basic ability to learn music
  • Ability to match pitch and maintain a melody
  • Capability of singing in a clear and pleasant manner
  • Basic knowledge of liturgy and the order of liturgy
  • Basic spirit of hospitality and service.

Course content includes historical, ministerial and spiritual foundations of cantoring as well as vocal technique, psalmody, methods for teaching new music and other aspects of the ministry of cantor.​​​​​