Ensembles & Organizations
The Adult Choir sings at the 9am Sunday mass and all major celebrations. Members must be of high school age or older. The ability to read music is helpful, but all levels of experience are welcome. There are no formal auditions. Rehearsals take place every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm in church.
Cantors lead the congregation in song at Mass. We are blessed to have a very talented group of volunteers who take on this responsibility every week. Open auditions are held every fall. Individual auditions may be set up by appointment. Cantor rehearsals are scheduled as needed, no more than twice per month.
Youth Choir is made up of singers in grades 3 - 5 and up from our school and religious education program. This ensemble sings at the 10:30am Mass monthly, Christmas Eve, Easter Sunday, and for concerts and special masses throughout the year. Rehearsals take place from 4 to 5:30pm on Mondays. The Youth Choir is directed by Jeremy Kiolbassa.
Bass, Winds, & Fire (6-12 Instrumental Ensemble)
"Bass, Winds, & Fire" is made up of young people in the parish in grades 6-12. Instrumentalists should have at least a few years of training on their instrument before joining this ensemble. The ensemble rehearses on Mondays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the church and performs at least once a month at the 10:30am Sunday Mass. "Bass, Winds, & Fire" is directed by Jeremy Kiolbassa.
Tone Rangers (6-12 Vocal Ensemble)
The Teen Vocal Ensemble is our newest group and is made up of young people in grades 6-12. This group meets on Wednesday at 5:30pm to 6:45pm in church. We cover a wide range of music including Gospel, A Capella, and more! To join, simply come to our next rehearsal. The Teen Vocal Ensemble is directed by Jeremy Kiolbassa
6:30pm Sunday Ensemble
The 6:30pm ensemble ministers from September - Pentecost at the Sunday night mass. Membership is open to all singers/instrumentalists high school age and up from St. Ben's, St. Matthias, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Queen of Angels. The ensemble sings a variety of Catholic hymnody with a focus on contemporary style. The ensemble meets at 6pm on Sundays to prepare to sing the 6:30pm liturgy and then meets for 30 minutes afterwards to prepare for the next week's mass. The 6:30pm Ensemble is directed by Matt Herek.
The Chant Schola is an auditioned group that is made up of members of our Adult Choir and cantors. This small ensemble meets periodically for special solemnities and feasts. This group has a special focus in early sacred music.
Ravenswood Community Orchestra
The R.C.O. is an independent community orchestra in residence at St. Benedict. They perform several concerts throughout the year and collaborate with the parish music ministry on a regular basis. Rehearsals take place on Monday at 7:30pm in the school library.
LIVE! at Ben's
This concert series highlights talented members of our parish community, neighborhood, and beyond. These concerts showcase a variety of ensembles, soloists, and genres. Most concerts are free and all are open to everyone.