Since its founding in 1855 by the parish’s first music Director, Josef Griehler, The Assumption Choir has provided music for parish Masses for over 150 years. Throughout its history, the choir has been led by Louis Sonnen, whose remarkable tenure spanned from 1926 – 1997, and by Robert Kaiser who directed from 1997 – 2010. Under the Leadership of Fred Graham, the Choir toured Austria in 2015 singing at such notable churches as St. Stephen’s in Vienna and the Salzburg Cathedral.
Under the direction of Simon Pick since 2021, the Assumption Choir proudly continues this musical legacy today, providing choral music at the 9:30 Sunday Mass and for feast days throughout the year. The choir is excited to again offer a Springtime Choral Concert in addition to the “Christmas at Assumption” Concert and the other choral services throughout the year.
At the weekly rehearsal held Wednesday nights, the choir focuses their time working on choral technique and learning music for Masses, choral services, and concerts. Rehearsals offer not only an environment of learning and musical growth, but an opportunity for fellowship as well, often spilling over into impromptu social gatherings at a restaurant afterward.
At Mass, the choir leads hymns and other liturgical music in addition to singing choral anthems. Responding to the call of Vatican II to foster the Church’s treasury of sacred music with great care, the Assumption Choir’s repertoire encompasses centuries of choral and hymn-singing tradition with particular attention given to music that is associated with the rich German heritage of Assumption. If you or someone you know is interested in singing with the Assumption Choir please contact Director of Music Simon Pick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.789.6927 to set up an informal audition.