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The Music Ministry at Our Lady of Victory Church
Our Lady of Victory Church has a long history and recognition for its outstanding contributions to liturgical music. The Music Ministry has grown stronger and more diversified in an unprecedented manner. With the vision of the former Pastor, Father Christopher Doering, and under the direction of Dr. Robert DeChristopher, the quality of our Liturgical Music programming has been further enhanced and expanded to serve as an offering of praise and thanksgiving to God with a repertoire from Gregorian chant and Renaissance motets to the most contemporary settings of music literature.
Music leadership at all principal weekend and holiday Masses is provided by the Choirs and/or Cantors - made up of both trained musicians and amateur volunteers. The Music Ministry of Our Lady of Victory is continually seeking new members. If you have a pleasant singing voice or play an instrument, please consider joining one of the many music opportunities we have available
The Director of Music & Liturgy is Dr. Robert DeChristopher, a native Chicagoan, who, after having graduated from DePaul University with honors, attended Northwestern University, where he received his Masters of Music Degree. He then studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Upon returning to the United States, he entered his Doctoral program at Columbia University in New York, with performance emphasis at the prestigious Julliard School of Music. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology and began a very notable professional music career which has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Orient, as a published composer, teacher, accomplished organist, and highly sought after guest Choral and Orchestral Conductor, Music Clinician, and Liturgical Music Consultant.
The following are the current categorized music divisions at Our Lady of Victory Church:
The Chancel Choir, made up of professional singers and volunteers, is now regarded as one of the finest Choirs in the Archdiocese of Chicago. As a traditional 40-voice choral ensemble, the Chancel Choir focuses on large-scale choral works of the Great Masters, as well as music from the rich heritage of the Catholic Church - from Gregorian Chant and Polyphonic music to the music of composers from the 20th and 21st Centuries. The Chancel Choir supplies the music for the weekly Solemn Church Liturgy at the 11:15 a.m. Mass each Sunday from October through June.
The Nu-Music Ensemble is a mixed choir accompanied by keyboards, guitars, and other instruments. The music repertoire is focused on a contemporary popular style. However, there is a broad range of music styles that are also explored.
The Chamber Singers is a select group of highly trained professional singers specializing in the a capella or unaccompanied master works of the Renaissance to Modern Music. The group is a true masterful blending of eight professional singers. Auditions with the Director of Music for this ensemble are held periodically.
The Cantors at OLV play a very important and integral part in our liturgy. It is the Ministry of the Cantor that facilitates the active participation of the assembly in the sung prayer at our parish liturgies, by inviting the congregation to take part in the singing of the hymns, psalms, Mass parts, and acclamations. Cantors appear at all weekend Masses.
The Artist in Residence Program features the outstanding Chicago Boys Choir, and is funded through the Chicago Arts Council, as well as by corporate and private sponsorship. The Chicago Boy Choir has performed on tour in Europe, and primarily appears in the Chicago metropolitan area at both secular and Church events.
The Victory Men's Choral still exists and holds a prestigious place in OLV history, having been founded in 1931 as the OLV Men's Club Choir.
The Victory Brass Ensemble can be heard several times throughout the year, especially at major Liturgical holidays. This ensemble is made up of professional Brass musicians, who also are often heard performing throughout the Chicago area with various Symphonic, Theatre, Opera, and Jazz Ensembles.