Cantor Certification

Cantor Formation Classes
Part A: Basic Cantor Formation  (16 hours)
Part B: Advanced Cantor Formation (16 hours)
Entrance into the Cantor Formation Class requires a written recommendation from the pastor and the music director of your parish.


Basic Certification A: 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 16-hour Cantor Basic Formation A along with practicum examinations. This   course serves as a prerequisite for Advanced Cantor B course.
•    Successful completion of 16-hour Cantor Advanced Formation Class B along with practicum examinations.

•    Submission of a letter of recommendation from pastor.


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 the ministry of cantor, as well as vocal technique, psalmody, methods for teaching new music and other aspects of the ministry of cantor.


The Office for Worship Basic and Advanced Cantor Formation includes the following topics:
•    History of the role of the cantor and the definition of the role today
•    Overview of church documents on music in the liturgy
•    The Shape of the Liturgy and its Musical Moments
•    Liturgical Spirituality
•    the Liturgical Year
•    Qualities of Ministry
•    Understanding Ritual Music and Progressive Solemnity
•    The Cantor’s Musical and Vocal Preparation
•    Quick review of the Lectionary Psalter and Seasonal Psalms
•    Review of different types of psalm settings
•    Liturgical, Pastoral, Musical Judgment
•    Pastoral Attitude of the Cantor: Developing Rapport with the Assembly
•    Non-Verbal Actions and Attitudes: Ritual presence and attire
•    Developing the Quality of “Transparent Performance”
•    The Cantor at other Sacraments and Liturgies


The Office for Worship is available to help provide parish instrumental musicians with the necessary background in liturgy and ritual music.

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Directors of Music

The Office for Worship is available to help provide parish Directors of Music with the necessary background in liturgy and ritual music for them to maintain their ministry in the church.

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