Music Ministry

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The Carmel Mission Basilica Schola Cantorum is a traditional choral ensemble which assists with the music leadership every week at the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. Additionally, the choir prepares “Lessons and Carols” during Advent and sings at Mass on December 24th and December 25th. The choir is also very active in participating in Holy Week every year. The repertoire of the group is drawn from the works of both contemporary and traditional Catholic composers. The choir is also active in the broader local musical community, recently appearing in concert with the Monterey Peninsula College String Orchestra.

Choir Mission Statement

  • To praise God through prayer and song.
  • To promote full participation by the assembly during Mass.
  • To maintain quality musicianship while effectively leading the assembly.
  • To develop a sense of community as church and choir.
  • To meet the needs of individuals through prayer and action.
Rehearsals are Thursday evenings,
7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.


The Cantor, a singer who regularly leads the congregation in song, including Hymns, Responsorial Psalms and other Refrain-Verse parts throughout the Mass, is blessed with special musical gifts: an exceptional singing voice, combined with excellent sight-reading skills. If these are your gifts, consider sharing them. Please contact our Director of Cantors, Laura Anderson Schwingel to learn how. All cantors must be members of the Schola Cantorum. Please email her at laura.anderson

How to Join the Choir:

If you are interested in joining the choir or would like more information please feel free to contact :

Choir Director Kathy Anderson at or Director of Music, Laura Anderson Schwingel at

The process for joining is easy and painless. After an initial conversation, we will invite you to join a regular Thursday evening rehearsal. Either before or after rehearsal we will ask you to sing privately for us so we can place you properly in the group and get a better sense of your singing ability. Nothing to prepare, and no solo singing in front of the group is required!