Choirs at Holy Cross

Sacred Music

Holy Cross is blessed with a rich tradition of spirit filled liturgies, architectural beauty, a wonderful pastor and staff, and music.

Music plays a vital role in the Catholic liturgy. It provides sung prayer through hymns, songs, and the prayers of the liturgy.

Many wonderful people in our congregation give their time and talent as choir members, instrumentalist, soloists, and cantors. We truly do have some of the best sounding choirs in the Champaign-Urbana area…and they’re all volunteer. There are no paid singers or professionals in any of our groups.

If you love to sing, we’d love to sing with you! We welcome all levels of skill, from being able to read music to only recognizing little black dots on a page!

Organist/Director of Music

scott-montgomery-choirScott Montgomery has served as organist since 1995 and director of music since 2005.

At Holy Cross, he’s responsible for the church’s sacred music program, conducts the Parish and Youth Choirs, and serves as principal organist for all parish liturgies.

Scott has been a prize winner in several competitions most notably the Lilian Murtagh Memorial Award (first-prize) and the Audience Prize of the 2006 American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition in Organ Playing (NYACOP), the first person to win both prizes in the history of the competition.

Scott maintains an active concert schedule across the country while continuing his love for sacred music ministries at Holy Cross.

Currently, he has three compact disc recordings; Water and Light (Pro Organo Label), Inspirations from England (Regent Records), and Organo Plano, Music for a Joyous Occasion (Raven Cds).

Parish Choir

The Parish Choir sings at the 10:00 Mass each Sunday morning and consists of men and women high school age and beyond.

The choir’s role is to lead the congregation and singing the liturgical portions of the Mass.  The Parish Choir also grasps the repertoire of anthems and choral music ranging from Baroque, Classic, and modern genres.

Rehearsals are held on Thursday evening from 7:15 to 9:00 pm in the church loft, as well as before the 10:00 Sunday Mass.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Scott Montgomery, Organist/Director of Music at: Phone 217-390-0158 or email at

Youth Choir

The Youth Choir sings once a month at the 10:00 Mass on Sunday and is open to children in grades 3-8.

The Youth Choir’s role is to teach the youth how to be active members in our church and participate fully in the Mass. Members will learn fundamentals of music, ear training, proper vocal technique, and have fun!

Rehearsals are on Thursday afternoons at 2:30pm  in the church loft during the school year.

If you and your child are interested in this ministry, please contact Scott Montgomery, Organist/Director of Music at: Phone 217-390-0158 or email at

Contemporary Choir

The Contemporary Choir, which sings at the 4:00 Sunday Mass. This choir includes piano and guitar accompaniment and uses mostly Catholic contemporary music.

We welcome anyone in high school or older to join this choir. Rehearsals are on Tuesday night at 7:00pm in the church.

For more information, please contact Janis Schweizer, Contemporary Choir Director at: 217-359-6530 or


The use of instruments during any of the weekend Masses is strongly encouraged.

If you have a desire to play an instrument to help lead the Mass or play Preludes or Postludes, please contact Scott for an audition.

All ages and levels are welcome.

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