St Cecilia’s Feast Day : Choral Clinic and Holy Mass

Come and get to know your fellow choir friends from all over SIngapore and how they have worked to serve our Lord!

The Liturgical Music Committee (Singapore) would cordially like to invite each and every one of you in the choir ministry of each parish to the annual celebration of the Feast of St Cecilia, patron saint for choristers and musicians.

Too fast! Too slow! Too loud! Too soft! Too Upbeat! Too boring! Too new! Too old-fashioned! Too “atas”! Too “Obiang”! 
When it comes to church music, it seems that there is no end to a barrage of complaints that would come your way. What direction should we take then as musician? Allow Adrian Chong to share his experiences with you as he takes you through several interpretations of well-loved hymns.

This year, we will be celebrating it on the 16th of November, Saturday, with a specially-planned programme, which will culminate in the celebration of Holy Mass by our SD Rev Fr JJ Fenelon. (click here to download official letter)

DATE:                    16 November 2013, Saturday
TIME:                      9am to 1pm (Lunch is provided)

VENUE:                  Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace
4 Sandy Lane, S(437321)
Bus services: 30, 40, 43, 79, 135, 197
MRT Line: Paya Lebar station (10 min walk)

9am to 9.20 am               Arrival and Registration of participants
9.20am to 10.45 am       Choral clinic by Adrian Chong
10.45am to 11am           Short Break
11am to 12 pm                Talk by Fr JJ Fenelon
12pm to 1pm                   Celebration of Holy Mass
1pm onwards                  Lunch

REGISTER by 10 Nov 2013

For the purpose of logistics and catering, please register by 10 November 2013.

#* Love Offerings will be collected to help LMC defray the costs of catering and other logistics.

Thank you for your generosity!

Rev Fr J J Fenelon                                    Jennifer Anthoney
Spiritual Director                                         Chairperson
Liturgical Music Committee                       Liturgical Music Committee
Archdiocese of Singapore                         Archdiocese of Singapore


LMC Choral Workshop: The Voice of the Liturgy

LMC Singapore will be organising a practical Choral Workshop.This workshop will focus on the various issues, problems and requirements of choral singing in the liturgy, with a strong focus on the practical aspect of singing English hymns. The sessions will draw attention to the technical details of singing, including good diction and articulation, effective warm-up and rehearsal techniques and basic harmonies. Participants will also be encouraged to place choral singing in the wider context of the Church’s liturgical tradition and understand what makes a good liturgical voice. The workshop will end with the celebration of Mass, with participants singing the hymns learnt during the workshop at the Mass.Details as follows:LMC Choral Workshop 2013

Dates: Saturdays 10, 17, 24, 31 August 2013

Time: 9am-12nn (Lunch not provided)

Cost: $50  $20 per person (Due to overwhelming response, we have adjusted the price per person).

Workshop Trainer : Michael Wee

Click to Email trainer

Venue: Church of the Holy Spirit, Auditorium (Room A3-02)

BUSES to Church: 52, 132, 162, 163, 165, 166, 167, 410, 855, 980

Nearest MRT: Marymount MRT (Circle Line), Bishan MRT (take 410W and alight immediately after the Church)

Register by 5 August 2013 (Mon)


Videos of Music in Liturgy workshop by Sr. M Cecilia and Sr M. Cristiana

Jesus Christ : Yesterday. Today and Forever

The videos on the workshop by Sr M. Cecilia and Sr. Cristiana are finally ready.
(Click on the respective titles to watch the videos)

Rediscovering Mass in the 21st Century

Music at Mass

Preparation for Mass as a Choir

We thank you for your participation and LMC Singapore looks forward to bring you more programs and workshops.

Jesus Christ: Yesterday, Today, Forever

An exclusive series on Liturgy & Music organised by the Liturgy Commission of Singapore.



Intended audience

15th April 2013, Monday


Church of the Holy Spirit, Room 03-02

Rediscovering the Mass in the 21st Century:

  • Participation at Mass
  • Postures, signs and symbols
  • Active and contemplative dimensions of liturgy
  • “Living the Liturgy” – growing as Christians through liturgy



18th April 2013, Thursday


Church of the Holy Spirit, 4th Floor Attic

Preparing for mass as a choir

  • Liturgical music and the choral ministry
  • Musical instruments in the liturgy


Parish choirs and interested members of the congregation

19th April 2013, Friday


Church of the Holy Spirit, 4th Floor Attic

Music at the Mass

  • Hymns, chants and the sung Propers
  • Marian hymns for different liturgical seasons


Parish choirs and interested members of the congregation

20th April 2013, Saturday


Church of the Holy Spirit, 4th Floor Attic

Rediscovering the Mass Liturgy in the 21st Century
(repeat session)

  • Participation at Mass
  • Postures, signs and symbols
  • Active and contemplative dimensions of liturgy
  • “Living the Liturgy” – growing as Christians through liturgy



To register, please send an email to by 12 April (Friday) stating your name, parish and talks you will be attending. Please note that the event on 20th April (Saturday) is a repeat of that held on 15th April (Monday).

Cost of $20 per person per session (or a total of $50 for all three talks) will be collected before each event. This will help pay for the speakers’ flights from Rome to Singapore.

About the Speakers

A little about the speakers who have been invited by the Liturgy Commission for the upcoming series of talks.

Sr. Dr. Maria Cecilia Pia Manelli, FI. PhD

Sr. M. Cecilia Manelli born in Rome in 1973, entered the Religious Institute, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in 1991.

Continuing her musical studies, she graduated with honours in her piano (1994), organ and organ composition (1997) from the Music Conservatory of Frosinone and Benevento, Italy. She studied under Maesttro Elio Solimini and Maestro Luigi Sacco. A few years later, she further studied and obtained a degree in Music Composition from the Benevento Music Conservatory and subsequently, under the guidance of Professor Nino Albarosa, Sister M. Cecilia obtained her
Doctorate in Gregorian Chant from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome.

She has performed in concerts in various parts of the world, Italy, London, Philippines, America, and Austria, ­as a solist (organ and piano) as well as in collaboration with others (piano, violin, clarinet, and chorale recitals ). Since 1994, she has been directing the polyphonic choir ” Corale dell’Immacolata” of the friars and sisters of the Franciscans of the Immaculate and have produced many of their recordings. The choir has a repertoire ranging from chants to different epochs and musical styles, such as the Byzantine Liturgy, Bach, German Chorals , Perosi, Bartolucci etc. and in
different languages.

She has taught and given various courses in Gregorian music in Italy and abroad. One example being the famous Abbacy of Solesmes, for their 100th year Anniversary of the Foundation of their Monastery in 2001.

She has had a number of successful religious vocal and instrumental compositions published in Italy, and has written articles for various periodicals such as the Studi Gregoriani, Annales Franciscani, Immaculata Mediatrix, with special focus on Roman liturgy and the Franciscan and Marian aspects of liturgy.


Sr. Maria Cristiana Khoo, FI.

Sr. M. Cristiana Khoo, born in Singapore in 1980, entered the Religious Institute, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in 2004.

Prior to this she had graduated from the University of Bristol, UK, with a BEng as a Mechanical Engineer, and a obtained her Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College, London, UK. She was an SCGS girl in Singapore.

She worked for A*STAR Singapore, for over a year before receiving her calling to the religious life.

In 2008 Sr. Cristiana was appointed Vice Postulant Mistress and one­year later, Vicar of the Convent, where her duties involved forming newly­entered girls to the religious life, teaching Italian and administrating the daily affairs of the convent.

Sr. Cristiana plays the organ and has sung in various choirs, ( popular music, church, Gregorian and Palestrina ) since the age of 7 years old.

From 2011 she was made Mother Superior of the Convent at Trieste, Italy where the sisters are mainly involved with liturgical animation (organ playing and singing) and various duties in a prominent Marian Sanctuary.

St. Cecilia’s Feast: A Gathering of Choirs

The annual gathering of Catholic Church Choirs for the Feast of St. Cecilia’s (Patron Saint for Musicians) will be held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on Saturday 17 November 2012.

The event begins at 9am and will end with the Eucharistic Celebration featuring the esteemed pipe organ at the Cathedral.

This year, the LMC will share a new resource for singing
a new set of chants accompanying the English Translation of the Roman Missal.

All choristers and enthusiasts are welcome to the event.

We do hope to see you there.

Chant Workshop

Francis Nyan from the Lay Dominican community will be delivering a workshop on Chant Technique. He will also explore the propers of Mass and propers for the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

When:    Friday, 26 October 2012 (Hari Raya Haji), 9am-5pm
Where:  Church of Sts. Peter & Paul, 3rd Floor Chapel, 1st Floor Praise & Worship Room
Cost:       Love Offering would be appreciated

Due to space constraints, we can only accept the first 40 registrants for this workshop.
THe deadline for registration is by 1st October 2012.

Please respond to “jennifer.anthoney” at her usual gmail account.